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National Museum of the American Indian

1 Bowling Grn, 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
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1 Bowling Grn, New York City, NY 10004-1415
Financial District
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"native americans"
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"bowling green"
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"battery park"
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"old customs house"
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"free admission"
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"customs building"
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"beautiful building"
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"wall street bull"
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"small collection"
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"interesting exhibits"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Dropped in at the beautifully restored museum of the American Indian. Once getting through the airport like security which seems a little over the top, there are a small collection of exhibits from various areas of the Americas including clothing, weapons and ceramics as well...More

Thank Gary W
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

First of all,I regrect for not visiting this free newyork city museum before.Many times I said one of this days ill go inside.Days turned into weeks,months,years.Dont let this ever happend to you when u see a museum or any other place worth visiting.Finally just recently,on...More

Thank Embert E
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a lovely building, full of green marble. The museum is free too. Unfortunately, the number of exhibits is not huge, only part of the building is in use. Much of the exhibits relate to Central or South American, rather than North American. As...More

Thank KingOfTheNorth99
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved the American Indian Museum. It is beautiful in the old customs house building, impeccably restored. Great collection and history. We’ll worth a visit.

Thank postal49740
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Reviewed 1 week ago

In the NY Archives building this Smithsonian Adjunct is an excellent miniature of the main museum in Washington. A beautiful gallery of costumes, artifacts and opportunities to explore current and historical indigenous peoples art and design. Staff are very helpful and friendly, and the archives...More

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Reviewed 8 March 2018

After coming into the Port Authority - found the "2" train with a stop directly in front of the Nat'l Museum of the American Indian. We found the museum displaying a powerful, dynamic Native American Fashion show - traditional and modern plays on traditional designs....More

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Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

So, we found this gem in NYC while visiting Wall Street. It has no admission fee since it is part of the Smithsonian in D.C. Some of the artifacts are very old, the building is historic and beautiful. They pipe music/ sounds appropriate to the...More

Thank Leslie J
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

The museum is in a wonderful 19th-century building with a great deal of history. It is located near the ferry to the Statue of Liberty. The building was the site of the US Customs House. The museum occupies three stories of the build. There is...More

Thank John C
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Reviewed 1 March 2018

This is a fabulous collection housed in a magnificent Beaux Arts building. When we visited there was a very interesting tour of the building(12 noon) which was well worth doing. There was also a native Indian from New Mexico demonstrating weaving which was fascinating. This...More

Thank salthillgirl
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Reviewed 24 February 2018 via mobile

I spent a few hours here. Even though it can be sad and bring you to tears, you also feel a sense of pride. There are artifacts, pictures, clothing, shoes, baby carriers, pipes, incense burners and videos. It was nice and worth visiting. The museum...More

Thank Keke L
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