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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  • This museum is probably not on the top of to-do list in NYC. Nevertheless, if you can spare an hour or so while visiting downtown Manhattan, don't miss this place! The building itself is gorgeous - it...  more »
  • This very wonderful Museum is packed with enough images artifacts and art to submerge you into the amazing history supporting the Native American Indian. Unmissable and fascinating, memorable and capt...  more »
  • This is a vastly understated New York Museum!! t=The installation takes you through the history and events that affected of all Indians north and to the south adjoining mexico and there abouts. the di...  more »
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  • Go for the museum, but stay to explore the Customs House. Absolutely gorgeous building. Note: This is an active federal building, so you will be required to go through full security to enter. Don't let it scare you. Pro Tip: If the line at the main entrance is long, the "group entrance" to the right down the stairs outside is often faster. Pro Tip 2: If you are a local, this is the best building to get your Trusted Traveler interview done. Make sure you explore the museum after your appointment.
  • Don't touch the glass enclosures or the museum police will catch you! It is kind of hard to enjoy the museum when it is not busy, there are more security personnel than tourist on some days. I suppose it is good to see simply because it is free.
  • Beautiful museum. It's free and usually not that crowded. The native art in light and sound exhibit was particularly interesting. The permanent exhibits have native artifacts. Also be sure to see the circle of dance exhibit. The costumes were stunning.
  • Far more enjoyable than the D.C. branch. The collections are well displayed. The signage puts the artifacts in useful context. Seeing the architecture of the old customs house is like visiting a second museum. The dancing exhibit is great.
  • Beauty building. Interesting art collection. Be ready to feel like you're at the airport security checkpoint. Everything is gets the x-ray treatment, but you can keep your shoes on...

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