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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  • As this was a holiday with children, we took the opportunity to visit this museum for an insight of the cultures that shape modern America. The historical facts are great and the Indian artefacts from...  more »
  • I liked it and above all is the starting point of the tour through the area that was excellent. Outside has 4 sculptures representing 4 continents from left to right: Asia, America, Europe and Africa.
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  • Having been a keen reader on Native American history (by U.K. Standards anyway!) I was really looking forward to my visit here. However certainly not worth the effort, visit lasted no more than 15 min...  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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