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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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Free Museum in NYC

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.

Reviewed 17 March 2017
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Holbrook, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The building which houses the Museum of the American Indian is beautiful inside and out. The exhibits are nicely arranged and comprehensive. Nice for a short visit.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is part of the Smithsonian, so is free, which is hard to find in NYC. Located near Battery Park, you can visit before or after doing the Statue and Ellis Island tours. When we went, there were three amazing exhibits. I have been to the National Museum in Washington, and found this one just as enjoyable. Very well curated... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Of all the museums in NY- this one is the least entertaining I have visited. The museum building is beautiful, but the content is boring. No activity, redundant exhibits. I would not suggest going out of your way to see this museum.

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San Francisco Bay Area
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I liked the history and artifacts section (on the south end of museum). There were several other sections on pottery and contemporary dresses, which were less interesting but I breezed through to check them out. Overall can easily see the good parts of this museum in 1 hour, and it's free. Nothing here will blow your socks off for sure.... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This free museum was a total surprise just off the busy Wall Street hub at the Bowling Green subway station. The current collection of dress was overwhelming and the beadwork was fantastic. We spent hours looking at the expansiveness of the other exits as well. A must see!

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Reykjavik
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I highly recomend this museum, one of the best in NYC! It was a surprice, we almost stumbled in as we had no idea it existed! Great museum, with a really important hostory to tell.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We also found this museum that eas free entry. Uou can spend up to 2 hours here. Have a good coffee shop. We stopped here after coming back from Staten Island close to Batery Park.

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Oakland, California
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The collection here is truly unique. If you are at all interested in Native art and history, this place is a must. Displays are very well put together, professional. Lots to see.

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Charlottetown, Canada
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Reviewed 17 March 2017

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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Reviewed 16 March 2017

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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At the southernmost tip of Manhattan, the Financial District is where New York City began as a center of commerce. Today, the historic streets and beautiful setting are complemented by museums, countless skyscrapers, and the heart of the Financial District, home to Wall Street and the New York Stock Exchange. Catch the Staten Island Ferry for an unbeatable view of the skyline and Statue of Liberty, or sail to Ellis Island to learn about the vital immigrant history of the city.
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