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United States Custom House

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Address: 1 Bowling Grn, New York City, NY
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+1 212-514-3700

A picturesque Beaux Arts building where visitors can gaze upon beautiful...

A picturesque Beaux Arts building where visitors can gaze upon beautiful Reginald Marsh murals in an oval rotunda.

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Impressive Building & Museum

Come here for the terrific Native American Museum and also enjoy this impressive historic building from another era. At the foot of Manhattan next to a pretty park.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Thomas V
Oakland, California
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Muntinlupa, Philippines
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We passed by this place on our way to Chinatown. We didn't spend much time here because its hot. We just took some photos and appreciated the architecture. Nice work.

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Oakland, California
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Come here for the terrific Native American Museum and also enjoy this impressive historic building from another era. At the foot of Manhattan next to a pretty park.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016

While in NYC for Christmas, we decided to take in a tour of the U.S. Customs House. It was a one-hour long tour on the architecture of the building. The symbolism and craftsmanship in the interior design was truly amazing. It is well worth your time. Because this is a branch of the Smithsonian, the tour was free. The building... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 2016

The United States Custom House, also known as the Alexander Hamilton Custom House, is a little known treasure near Battery Park in Manhattan. This building has been (mostly) restored to glorious condition, and should not be overlooked! Anyone who appreciates architecture and American history will love this place. We were fortunate enough to arrive just as the docent was beginning... More 

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Ridgewood, New Jersey
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Reviewed 13 November 2016

This old government building on the lower tip of Manhattan was once the customs house for the city and remnants of that prior life are in evidence. Be sure to check out the rotunda with its unusual occulus ceiling. Don't leave without touring the Native American Museum which gives a terrific view into the lives of the Indian natives of... More 

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Philadelphia PA
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Reviewed 20 October 2016

This beautiful building designed by Case Gilbert (who also designed the Woolworth Building, the United States Supreme Court Building, and a number of state capital buildings), with majestic (if somewhat Western-centric apropos the period) statues in front by Daniel Chester French (Lincoln Memorial) is a wonder. The rotunda with its oval oculus is magnificent - it changes perspective as you... More 

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Rochester, New York
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Reviewed 17 October 2016

We walked through this building while visiting the Native American Museum last weekend. It is an incredible place, built in an era of grand buildings with carvings and marble hallways and pillars that reach to vaulted ceilings. This place is worth a visit even if just to view the architecture.

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Brooklyn, New York
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Reviewed 11 September 2016

I don't understand the poor reviews of the collection. The permanent collection display in the large room across the back was redone a few years ago - were they from before that? The previous display also had good stuff but it was oddly mounted. Not now. This collection display is not huge, but covers all of the Americas with really... More 

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Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

I believe everyone who visits New York should go see the beautiful historical objects housed in this place. The Custom House contains a rich history of the first settlers in America, displaying their traditional outfits, weapons and various things about their lifestyle. The architectural design of the building is also quite beautiful.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed 21 July 2016

When you think of NYC, you think Times Square, Rockefeller Center and Broadway plays, so you do not realize that there are so many historic buildings here. Since NYC was the countries first capital, you will find many historic buildings like Federal Hall and not as old, but the US Custom House. Both on the NYC and Federal governments list... More 

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