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National Museum of the American Indian

1 Bowling Green, New York City, NY 10004-1415
+1 212-514-3700
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1 Bowling Green, New York City, NY 10004-1415
Financial District
+1 212-514-3700
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Couldn't believe this was free. Nice Smithsonian museum by Wall Street and Battery Park. Lovely exhibits, costumes, and plenty of written plaques to explain the pottery, costumes, etc. I spoke to a very nice man who was sketching a replica of a Native American picture...More

Thank bcasey1
Reviewed 1 week ago

Go and see this! Fascinating collection, well documented and labelled and full of surprises. It covers work, costume and artefacts from Inuits to Mexicans and everyone/everything in between. We were lucky enough to catch an exhibition featuring modern Native American fashion designers and their work...More

Thank 1989jennyb
Reviewed 1 week ago

To be honest, it was not the "must-see" sightseeing for us at first, but because we were staying nearby and a heavy rainfall caught us in the streets, we decided to go there. And I was nicely surprised! I liked the exposition, the sounds like...More

1  Thank bettelgeuze
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I just found myself in the area with some time to spare, so I said why not, let's go and have a look. I was pleasantly surprised, both by the wonderful majestic architecture of the building and extensive collection of artifacts from many different parts...More

Thank Tinde_K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Magnificent building, wonderful collection. In my opinion however, in an era of spare no expense important story telling (Black history, the Holocaust, Presidential libraries) we can and should do better in explaining our native culture, especially to young persons. This is a depressing presentation for...More

Thank Mersejohn
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is really worth seeing both for the American Indian artefacts (both North and South America) and for the building architecture; both externally and internally, of this original Customs House. You can easily spend an hour or two here, with free entry as for all...More

1  Thank mikesierra
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Housed inside a grand and ornate building which has at one time been both a customs house and a bankrupts court, the museum offers a window into native american culture through artifacts and traditional dress. When we visited it also had an exhibition showcasing Native...More

1  Thank Louise B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were so mesmerised that we stayed longer than expected but without regret . My wife bought herself a pair of earrings and myself a tie both constructed from various tribal arts which are available in the shop . The building itself a former custom...More

1  Thank Anthony O
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Check this out at the southern tip of Manhattan (near Battery Park). The museum is housed in a magnificent building, the old customs house, and is free. Changing exhibits are always of interest.

1  Thank garyrichmond
Reviewed 19 May 2017 via mobile

Small and easy to do in a short amount of time. Happened to be in the Financial district and saw on a map kiosk. Very good exhibits of native American artifacts. But don't leave without going up to the top (3rd) floor. Up there is...More

2  Thank like_national_parks
Financial District
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
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