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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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1 Bowling Green, New York City, NY 10004-1415
Financial District
+1 212-514-3700
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Reviewed 2 days ago

If anything gives you history on the American Indians this museum is the place to go . If I'm not mistaken this is free and the exterior is amazing for photos .

Thank corollaclub98
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

If you're in architecture buff come here to see the building. Erected at 1907 this building is where they used to collect tariffs for imports that came into the country. Before tax times this was the main government income and there for this building was...More

Thank gl0betr0tterny
Reviewed 1 week ago

WE were very keen to learn some of the history of the native Americans.The downstairs exhibits are still under development but I really enjoyed the dance exhibit which included costumes & footage of the various dance styles of different tribes. The main exhibition centre is...More

Thank Kasmo
Reviewed 1 week ago

George Gustav Heye (1874–1957) traveled throughout North and South America collecting native objects. His collection was assembled over 54 years, beginning in 1903. He started the Museum of the American Indian and his Heye Foundation in 1916. The Heye Foundation's Museum of the American Indian...More

Thank Stephan G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this museum on our last day in New York. It is close to Wall Street and is not in top museums list, however the collection has some really interesting pieces and you can learn how native Americans look at arts. and how they...More

Thank Flyngdtchmn
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Conveniently located a little behind the Charging Bull (which is probably on your must visit list). This is in a charming old building. Entry is free and one can spend an hour seeing the interesting crafts and artefacts of the various native Americans- from Canada...More

1  Thank Anil A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Go see this stunning building. They built within tradition, no corners, the flow of the walls made of sandstone is so beautiful. Three floors of information, history and art. Stories told well and a huge shop of books art and trinkets to buy. Really beautiful...More

Thank Kayeleigh
Reviewed 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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
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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