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“excellent and important museum”

National Museum of the American Indian
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Philadelphia to New York Day Trip and Sightseeing
Ranked #97 of 1,093 things to do in New York City
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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London, United Kingdom
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137 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“excellent and important museum”
Reviewed 30 May 2014

great museum on such an important subject matter. good to see the US using a building that was a part of new US history, in the heart of the New York financial district, to showcase the centuries of human history in the Americas before the Europeans etc arrived. surprising range and scale of exhibits/exhibitions/activity, from across the continent not just the USA. Excellent range of related books in the museum shop too. well worth a visit, especially as entry is free.

Visited April 2014
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Tallahassee, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Surprise find near Battery Park N.Y.”
Reviewed 16 May 2014

OK, so while suffering the heat and crowds waiting access to tickets for Ellis Island and The Statue of Liberty cruise, we went for a walk to the Northeast corner of Battery Park while a friend stood in line for tickets. We noticed this magnificent building with high steps and statuary out front. We crossed the street to read the sign and saw much to my surprise the "National Museum of the American Indian" We looked for access other than the huge front steps and to the left of the front of the building we found an entry door. We took one look at the free map/brochure of the museum and ran back to get our friend out of the ticket line and decided the statue would still be there tomorrow. What a find ! A cultural trip through art and crafts of the earliest owners of the Americas ! South through far north. The Museum is part of the Smithsonian museums. Needless to say we spent the rest of the day here. From Iroquois false face society masks and artifacts , Tlingit masks and totems, Adena and Hopewell cultures, South American artifacts, and gods, and pottery, absolutely enthralling and well worth the afternoon ! This one you'll have to see and don't miss the books and modern art pieces and crafts available at reasonable prices at the gift shop. DO NOT PASS ON THIS FREE CULTURAL OPPORTUNITY. Museum of the American Indian, One Bowling Green , across the street from Battery Park.

Visited April 2014
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Zurich, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“nice place”
Reviewed 14 May 2014

We enjoyed our visit to this museum a lot. The collection is not huge and i think it's more a merrit than a minus. this museum tells us the history that shouldnt be forgotten. The entrance is free.

Visited April 2014
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Brooklyn, New York
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18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Great Deal and Centrally Located!”
Reviewed 13 May 2014

I really enjoyed this museum. I did a project in school about the Hopi tribe and it was awesome to see some of the art and remember the facts from my childhood. I also enjoyed the beautiful architecture of the old US Customs agency building. Added bonus is the history about the building and the US Customs service in the main lobby.

My favorite things about this museum:
* Free! Yes something in NYC is actually free!
* Centrally located so you can either go to Lady Liberty after or downtown Manhattan sites (World Trade, Bull, Stock Market, Trinity Church, City Hall, Court Houses and if you want to walk South Street Seaport or Soho, Chinatown and Little Italy)
* Concise, but comprehensive outline of America's Indigenous peoples and their history and origins as well as modern Native American art.

I would highly recommend this for anyone who is interested in history, and architecture. Little kids might be bored, but it is a short tour so they can get through it easily. Easy to get to by Subway.

Visited May 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Interesting history of the first peoples of the Americas”
Reviewed 23 April 2014

This was a great surprise find. Like many others we had visited the Statue of Liberty and were looking at heading back to midtown. The museum looked interesting from the outside and it was interesting with lots of artefacts and information about American Indians including the whole of the Americas. There were good activities for kids that were suggested by staff. Be sure to talk to the staff in the first room on the left after the usual screening to get advice about how to get the most of the visit especially if you visit with children. Visit if you can.

Visited April 2014
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