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National Museum of the American Indian

1 Bowling Green, New York City, NY 10004
+1 212-514-3700
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The New York branch of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian serves as an exhibition and education facility in New York City. Exhibitions and public programs explore the diversity of the Native peoples of the Americas and the strength and continuity of their cultures from the earliest times to the present. Public programs present Native people from North, Central, and South America. Program participants share first-person accounts of their heritage and experiences. The museum is located on the first two floors of the historic Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House in lower Manhattan. The museum is open seven days a week. Admission is free.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1 Bowling Green, New York City, NY 10004
Financial District
+1 212-514-3700
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The NMAI is excellent. It has wonderful in-depth exhibits. I think it is better than the NMAI in Washington DC. There are excellent history and arts displays. It is also in a beautiful Beaux-Arts building - the old Alexander Hamilton Custom House. There is an...More

Thank Robert S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful building, worth a look. Ok to do on a rainy day. It just wasn't my cup of tea. There are so many more interesting things to do you n New York.

Thank Susan R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were in the neighbourhood - sort of stumbled upon this cozy museum. Free admission but tons of great exhibits. Everything is explained in both English and Spanish. The rotunda in the center is amazing to look at, but it gives you space to relax...More

Thank rico_chan
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

An amazing museum, that is after all the beginning of the story of New York. It seems wrongfully overlooked. The exhibits were beautiful, the costumes and film of dancing downstairs was really captivating for our daughter. We had a long chat with one of the...More

Thank KateEpoo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not enough time to do the place justice but an interesting and US specific attraction which was well worth a visit. Just the names of the different native American nations triggered the imagination and the scope covered from the far north of the US/Canada/Greenland to...More

Thank JaneR123
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is free and has some interesting artefacts and history about natives Americans from the whole continent. It is housed in a magnificent building. We noticed that there was a free building tour and took advantage although we were the only 2. This tour...More

Thank David A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was both captivated and emotionally moved walking around this museum and reading about the native Americans trials and tribulations. I had watched TV in the UK about how proud native Americans are about their country. I felt very moved and puzzled about the contributions...More

Thank ZebulonQ
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice museum, quick to see, and with free admission. Is nice to visit if you have time left or are in the neighborhood.

Thank Yanne E
Reviewed 10 August 2017

When I went in this museum, I expected to find a history of the original inhabitants of the continent, and the steps that brought to their almost extinction. Of course I expected too much. The building is beautiful, architecturally speaking, but immediately at the first...More

Thank Aragorn983
Reviewed 7 August 2017

Only seen this while passing and turned out it was free in. The name seemed like a straight away insult to the people that the museum was suppose to represent. It didn't have much in it and I was disappointed by the lack of actual...More

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Financial District
At the southernmost tip of Manhattan, the Financial
District is where New York City began as a center of
commerce. Today, the historic streets and beautiful
setting are complemented by museums, countless
skyscrapers, and the heart of the Financial District,
home to Wall Street and the New York Stock Exchange.
Catch the Staten Island Ferry for an unbeatable view
of the skyline and Statue of Liberty, or sail to Ellis
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