National Museum of the American Indian, New York City

(3.9/5 based on 500+ reviews on the web)
Explore the exhibits that pay tribute to the lives, languages, cultures, and arts from the diverse tribes of the Americas at National Museum of the American Indian. The museum is a part of the Smithsonian Institute and is the smaller branch of its counterpart in Washington, D.C. Programs and live performances will educate you about tribes from North, Central, and South America. Take time to speak to one of the museum's program participants to hear first-hand about their personal backgrounds and experiences. While here, you can view artifacts on display or take in an impressive collection of old photographs. The museum is located in the historic Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, so check out the architecture while you are there. Admission is free. Using our custom trip planner, New York City attractions like National Museum of the American Indian can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • 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 anythi...  more »
  • Free Museum about the history of American Indians. Is the financial district near the charging bull so if you're passing by there worth making a quick visit (but not worth to go there just to see this Museum). The building is beautiful, the stairs at the entrance are also a great place to sit and rest a bit while the movement around.
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  • 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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  • It is always free to visit this museum so there's no excuse not to. There should be more like this in the US celebrating the long and colorful, but oftentimes ignored, history of the first settlers of the land, told mostly from their own point of view, and not that of the occupying Europeans. It is also timely, given the current wave of anti-immigration sentiments in the country. It is regretful what foreign settlement of American Indian land has done to disadvantage them, portray them negatively, and even decimate their numbers. The museum also highlights the indigenous people of the entire Americas, from the Aztecs in Central America to the Incas in South America. Allot at least two hours when visiting.
  • Terrific place to visit. Free entry so you can take in all of the great exhibits inside this beautiful building.
  • There is so much to do in this little patch of NY, but one of the spots I found interesting is right here... Also a bonus!!! A film crew was shooting for a MAJOR tv crime drama series...
  • Unexpected treasure of a place. I highly recommend a visit- it is free entry so you can spend as much time as you need. The building itself is an amazing example of beaux arts, with a Raphael Guastavino rotunda and vaults with depictions of explorers such as Columbus (as the building was originally used as customs house). The exhibits of native American cultures are superb. Was not prepared for the 'circle of dance ' video exhibition on the first floor which was also really good.
  • I thought that when I stepped in the door I would have been greeted with American Indians plus more on display, but instead I step into a large area where children think it's time to practice running around.. I felt that the information in this large area was wasted information. Such as, Dean Martin and how he's filed for bankruptcy REALLY. Now I go on to discover that the Titanic has a place in American Indians history. I was pretty much Leonardo DiCaprio-ed-out when the movie came out, and let's not forgot to mention the Garment district where there is a picture of a family, not of Indian descent. Next time I visit this historical facility I hope to see just that, thank you.