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. 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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  • I just found myself in the area with some time to spare, so I said why not, let's go and have a look. I was pleasantly surprised, both by the wonderful majestic architecture of the building and extens...  more »
  • Magnificent building, wonderful collection. In my opinion however, in an era of spare no expense important story telling (Black history, the Holocaust, Presidential libraries) we can and should do bet...  more »
  • This is really worth seeing both for the American Indian artefacts (both North and South America) and for the building architecture; both externally and internally, of this original Customs House. You...  more »
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  • The museum is free (or at least it was when I went). Quite small--only 2 floors, and the first only has one exhibit--but well done and very nice. I actually liked that it was small and specialized because it isn't overwhelming and you can get fully absorbed. I found it interesting and engaging, and it is also housed in a beautiful, historical building (which is also home to the national archives) right off the water. Highly recommend if you're interested in American Indian culture and have an hour or two to spare. Staff were friendly and helpful. Went on a sumer weekend but it still wasn't overly crowded. Great trip. Not sure I would recommend for children, they'd probably be bored.
  • Wonderful museum with amazing exhibitions. Really well done. Good lighting in a beautiful building. Wasn't too crowded on a weekday and staff was friendly and helpful. Didn't take the guided tour, but definitely will next time. Well lit rooms and fairly quick, even if you like to indulge in every artifact.
  • Excellent FREE museum to visit at Bowling Green, Downtown Manhattan. I learned about so many Native American Tribes I never heard of and their contribution to all stages of society and the military. The true inhabitants of the American continents from Alaska to the Patagonia, Argentina. Affordable souvenirs and friendly staff.
  • Stunningly Gorgeous building with sweeping spiral staircase, enormous oval dome, and beautiful stonework. Two floors, elevator and bathrooms. Excellent collections and display of a wide variety of objects from across the Americas. Great giftshop, including books, instruments, artwork, crafts and more from low budget to high end. Kids age 8-10 and adults enjoyed the visit. Guests have bags scanned on entry, guards are friendly. Entrance was a bit hard to find. It is on the east side of the building across facing Lady Liberty.
  • This is a hidden treasure in New York City. There are a lot of artifacts from different areas and tribes. It is free to go and there was hardly anyone there. Definitely worth a quick stop.

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