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Address: 1 Bowling Green, New York City, NY
Phone Number: 212-514-3700
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A picturesque Beaux Arts building where visitors can gaze upon beautiful...

A picturesque Beaux Arts building where visitors can gaze upon beautiful Reginald Marsh murals in an oval rotunda.

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Love the gorgeous architecture

When you think of NYC, you think Times Square, Rockefeller Center and Broadway plays, so you do not realize that there are so many historic buildings here. Since NYC was the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

When you think of NYC, you think Times Square, Rockefeller Center and Broadway plays, so you do not realize that there are so many historic buildings here. Since NYC was the countries first capital, you will find many historic buildings like Federal Hall and not as old, but the US Custom House. Both on the NYC and Federal governments list... More 

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Ossining, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Now houses a branch of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the Native American, with collections dating back 12,000 years - SO appropriate when one considers "customs". In addition to that, the building itself, Alexander Hamilton's US Customs House, is an incredible Beaux Arts Build, located at 1 Bowling Green -inside and out - has layers upon layers of fine examples... More 

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Oceanside, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

This is a wonderful place to visit .We had an excellent tour from a guide named Spirit .She made the tour very enjoyable.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016

Presently there is a fabulous collection of both historic and current Plains Indian art on display. This and the wonderful ceiling murals of the Customs House itself make this a must see.

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Plainview, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

Definitely worth going in- Architecture is beautiful- Yazzie family exhibit is wonderful- take time to listen to their story- Free to public- Guides were very very helpful. Thank you for having this open for all to see

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

The Customs Service is the nation's oldest federal agency. Definitely worth a visit to this amazing building built in 1907 and remodeled and restored for it's 100th year anniversary. It was named in honor of Alexander Hamilton. It was designed by Cass Gilbert and is a beautiful building. Amazing Reginald Marsh murals on the ceiling from the 1930's. Great sculptures... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Free entry is a draw. Excellent collection of Red Indian arts and crafts of different tribes and era. A giftshop carries exquisite ethnic jewelery that can be purchased. Part of the museusm is also available for booking for events.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The building is beautiful, and if you at Battery Park for the ferries go see it. Look at the statues which represent the continents. Examine the outside of the building. The inside is lovely. The American Indian exhibit is disappointing, and, frankly second-rate compared to the old (uptown) one. They really dropped the ball on this one, considering all that... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

It is hard to believe this is part of the Smithsonian. Great historic building not far from Battery Park and yes it is dramatic to climb the grand staircases but the exhibits were mediocre. A few years back the study of American Indians in popular music caught my attention but this year we passed through quickly.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

We loved reading the history of the building and the architecture. This building also houses the museum of American Indian. For non US citizens this may be 'good' but I would not go out of my way to see. Nothing special to recommend it.

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