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National Museum of the American Indian

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Address: 1 Bowling Green, New York City, NY 10004-1415
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10:00 - 17:00
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Thu 10:00 - 20:00
Fri - Wed 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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The New York branch of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the...

The New York branch of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian serves as an exhibition and education facility in New York City. Exhibitions and public programs explore the diversity of the Native peoples of the Americas and the strength and continuity of their cultures from the earliest times to the present. Public programs present Native people from North, Central, and South America. Program participants share first-person accounts of their heritage and experiences. The museum is located on the first two floors of the historic Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House in lower Manhattan. The museum is open seven days a week. Admission is free.

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Great old building with some very interesting displays. Found by accident coming back on foot from another tour and stopped for a minute in the promenade.

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Charlottetown, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great old building with some very interesting displays. Found by accident coming back on foot from another tour and stopped for a minute in the promenade.

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County Roscommon, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Just happened to notice this building when visiting the Wall Street Bull and went in. It has amazing architecture and brilliant exhibitions on display about American Indians. So much information and the best thing about it is that it is free!

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Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great displays of Native American culture. After we left the main exhibit, there was a call for a building tour. Would highly recommend timing your visit around the building tour schedule as an added bonus to your trip.

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New York, New York, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great museum in lower Manhattan. Because it is part of the Smithsonian, it is free to enter. Not only is the building beautiful, but the exhibits are both exciting, and informative.

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Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You should definitely go here and look at the wonderfully-displayed exhibits of native Americans from both North and South America. The colors of the costumes and the variety of artifacts were fantastic.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum, which became part of the Smithsonian Institution in 1989, contains a huge collection of indigenous objects from the native americans of both North and South America. The museum is located in lower Manhatten near Battery Park and is housed within the amazing architecture of the historic Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, The Grand Rotunda has painted murals by... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not too much going on here. Such a pity a great space but not used to its potential. Would love to see more exhibits.

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South Amboy, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Because this is a national museum (like the smithsonian) it is free to visit. You can see everything in a couple of hours. They have a nice array of native american art on display- pottery, basketry, etc. Nice gift shop as well. They have events for families on certain days and times of the year.

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Jersey City, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

The staff is knowledgeable and friendly. You can clearly see this was once the customs House and what architecture you can see of it is amazing. The exhibits have a good selection of art from the various regions in the world, it however is small so if a school group is in the same gallery it can be a bit... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

The National Museum of the American Indian has a lot of the clothing and masks and some information about the Native Americans. It covers Central America, South America as well as North America. Worth checking out.

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