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National Museum of the American Indian

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Address: 1 Bowling Green, New York City, NY 10004
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+1 212-514-3700
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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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National Museum of the American Indian

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Brooklyn, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 1 week 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Take the #4 or #5 train to Bowling Green and you're right at this free museum. The museum is housed in the former Customs House, so the facade is majestic and the inner rotunda is magnificent. The museum is kid- and family-friendly and often has family-inspired events. One of my favorites is "Day of the Dead" that includes performances and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017

Love this Museum that shows so much about all the cultures that lived in the Americas! So many things that my imagination would never guess it exists!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Went on a weekday with husband and my cousin. We spent several hours here and really thought it was great. It's not exciting or "cool" but we had a really nice time. First off FREE admission to anything in New York is a blessing we wanted to take advantage of. The architecture of this building is breathtaking. Marble floors, pillars,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

This lovely historical museum is located at the bowling green. You can take the 4,5 trains from midtown to get there. It's close to the Statue of Liberty.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

This is a fantastic place to see the culture of the Native American's. We loved the architecture of the building as well as the museum. It is located near Staton Island Ferry, so we combined them both. It is worth taking the subway to here as very cheap compared to taxi.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

The old Customs house is stunning and, in addition to the impressive architecture, houses artifacts from indigenous peoples. I would advise timing your visit with a docent tour which is also free. In addition, is it is not overwhelmingly big so you don't feel like you are missing things.

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