National Museum of the American Indian, New York City

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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. Put National Museum of the American Indian at the forefront of your travel plans using our New York City trip planning tool .
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  • It is advisable to combine this visit to the Museum just off the promenade in boat, an unforgettable experience, friendly and safe. Free entry, check schedules.
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  • Spectacular historic building serves as headquarters of this sober and interesting Museum. Just right, it shows a little of continental history. Auna block of Wall Street and with free admission.
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  • to have a grasp of the role of aboriginal and first nations contributions to our lands prior to the arrival of colonial powers is a MUST for anyone who lives in the new world. period. this museum does...  more »
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  • It is an interesting place. I had to go here for class. I was surprised to learn that there are only two levels, but the first level is not very interesting compared to the galleries on the second floor. I think most people, as I didn't, won't realize until later that this is more of a research institution. There ARE events at this museum where one can see performances related to Natives, although I hadn't a chance to check more details. So, it's quite good but short. You will probably be done within an hour to an hour and a half. On a side note, the museum shop is very good and has a lot of Native items worth checking out. Even though it is not as extensive as some other city museums, it's still worth checking out.
  • The museum itself is great. It’s free and you can see everything in an hour. The staff was rude for no reason. There was a security guard following me and my 3 year old yelling not to touch the glass. I wasn’t. Neither was my kid. If you like getting yelled at enjoy!
  • It was interesting, but they could do more. There are 562 federally recognized native tribes in the US alone – one tribe per day could thus easily be invited to come and share their culture. It would make the museum feel more alive.
  • When thinking about the history of America, when do you start recording? 1776, when colonists declared independence from Great Britain? 1504, when Americo Vespucci discovered that the country was not actually India? 1492, when Columbus famously sailed the ocean blue? No matter what date you set as the the start of America, it always overlooks the original inhabitants of the country - the Native Americans (or Indians, as the museum somewhat confusingly calls them). Surrounding the Alexander Hamilton Customs House, the museum paints a robust and eye-opening picture of the American Indian. One of the first things you realize when coming into the museum is that your concept of "Indian" is way too narrow - it was not just tan people with feathers in the original 13 colonies, but rather a diverse array across both North and South America. Boasting original tribal artifacts from hundreds of different tribes and time periods, the National Museum of the American Indian provides a rich history and a story that often does not get to be told. Most importantly - its a Smithsonian museum, so admission is free!!
  • The National Museum of the American Indian is one of my favorite places in downtown Manhattan. I live nearby so I am able to visit quite frequently. The museum is located in the historical US Custom House which is a true architectural gem. The permanent exhibits at the Museum are an interesting collection of Native American artifacts. The shop at the Museum offers an interesting selection of books for sale on Native American history and culture.
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