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National Museum of the American Indian

1 Bowling Green, New York City, NY 10004
+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
Financial District
+1 212-514-3700
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The building is beautiful, the location convenient but the museum itself left me disappointed. They have beautiful artifacts, clothing etc but not enough history. Amongst the artifacts are some panels with background information but I would have liked to see more of this. The museum...More

Thank AnnaNLCH
Reviewed 5 days ago

A collection worth visiting. The museum building is beautiful in its own right. The collection is full of culturally divers historic arts and sculptural works, embroidered beadwork, clothing, woven pieces, everyday objects, some gorgeous ceramics. Paper mde of bark, and the tolls used for papermaking....More

Thank cg-globetrotter
Reviewed 1 week ago

The collection here is superb and covers a lot of territory. Shown in a fantastic historic building which is a treat unto itself. Come a learn a lot about Native art and culture.

Thank Thomas V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Thank goodness it was saved from the wrecking ball. Be sure to walk around the domed interior and watch the domed ceiling as you do. The Spanish architect really knew what he was doing! It's a masterpiece.

Thank Jean B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This small museum is a wonderful, concise representation of the culture and history of the American Indians, from Alaska to Brazil. Housed in the old Custom House (itself something of a wonder) it doesn't take long to visit and be reminded that the first peoples...More

1  Thank Ngaire W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The NMAI is excellent. It has wonderful in-depth exhibits. I think it is better than the NMAI in Washington DC. There are excellent history and arts displays. It is also in a beautiful Beaux-Arts building - the old Alexander Hamilton Custom House. There is an...More

1  Thank Robert S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful building, worth a look. Ok to do on a rainy day. It just wasn't my cup of tea. There are so many more interesting things to do you n New York.

Thank Susan R
Reviewed 11 September 2017

We were in the neighbourhood - sort of stumbled upon this cozy museum. Free admission but tons of great exhibits. Everything is explained in both English and Spanish. The rotunda in the center is amazing to look at, but it gives you space to relax...More

1  Thank rico_chan
Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

An amazing museum, that is after all the beginning of the story of New York. It seems wrongfully overlooked. The exhibits were beautiful, the costumes and film of dancing downstairs was really captivating for our daughter. We had a long chat with one of the...More

1  Thank KateEpoo
Reviewed 6 September 2017

Not enough time to do the place justice but an interesting and US specific attraction which was well worth a visit. Just the names of the different native American nations triggered the imagination and the scope covered from the far north of the US/Canada/Greenland to...More

2  Thank JaneR123
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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