National Museum of the American Indian

Museum and History Museum
Financial District, New York
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    "... situated in the old US Customs House – where admission is FREE everyday and it’s..."(7 Tips)
    Janice L.
    "Free admission, a great place to see more indian culture"(6 Tips)
    Julissa F.
    "I loved it .. Admission is free"(3 Tips)
    Sarah P.
    "Also, amazingly, admission is FREE."(2 Tips)
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  • Ayse D O.
    Free admission. Love the fashion collection by designers with native american heritage. The building is beautiful.
  • Joseph T.
    Free admission, in depth exhibits about Native American cultures. Security guards take themselves very seriously.
  • Shubhankar J.
    It's a pretty cool place to chill
  • Kevin D.
    Kevin DaltonMay 30, 2016
    What a gem! Full of native artefacts and art in a stunning building and free
  • mike p.
    mike popovicMarch 12, 2016
    Free! Nice slice of history to be found.
  • Theresa R.
    Theresa RoldanJanuary 3, 2016
    Too many tribes...and not enough space for the details I would have liked to read about. I feel like you can through the whole space in an hour or so.
  • Espiranza B.
    Espiranza Bint AbdullaNovember 10, 2015
    Entrance is free to the museum
  • WEI W.
    WEI WEIOctober 13, 2015
    Conveniently located in a touristy area. You can get drinking water and bathroom access for free, and probably check one or two interesting exhibitions by the way
  • Justin
    JustinOctober 8, 2015
    The beautiful jewellery collection alone is worth the visit! Absolutely fascinating, highly recommended
  • Nancerella
    NancerellaOctober 6, 2015
    I need to go back
  • honey 🌾 b.
    honey 🌾 boneySeptember 15, 2015
    Beautiful building!
  • James C.
    James CJune 23, 2015
    Rotating exhibits are great. Free and really informative.
  • Anne M.
    Anne MyersJune 21, 2015
    I went to a cool room there for an event. Nice space.
  • Benche T.
    Benche TanMay 18, 2015
    Free admission
  • Citi Bike
    Citi BikeMay 3, 2015
    There's a super convenient Citi Bike station directly in front of the Museum.
  • Koji K.
    Koji KnoMarch 29, 2015
    Awesome event
  • Annie A.
    Annie AlfstadFebruary 11, 2015
    Fantastic little museum- hidden gem. Easy to get to on green and red line. Their gift shop is FILLED with my dream jewelry collection! Small but great little museum.
  • K J
    K JDecember 29, 2014
    I was pleasantly surprised by this museum. It's small and free so you get through it quickly but I loved the temporary exhibitions featuring contemporary artists.
  • Muire M.
    Muire McCallionDecember 6, 2014
    Don't miss this museum! Free entry and beautiful exhibitions - truly remarkable.
  • Fluying ✅.
    Fluying ✅November 1, 2014
    Probably one of the few places in the US where Americans really means Americans. Great museum, the exposition includes the whole continent and its FREE.
  • Fluying ✅.
    Fluying ✅October 29, 2014
    Look up! Check The paintings
  • Fluying ✅.
    Fluying ✅October 10, 2014
    Ghostbuster 2 was filmed here!!
  • Naomi H.
    Naomi HubertOctober 5, 2014
    A great photography collection!
  • Nick G.
    Nick GrayAugust 7, 2014
    Free admission. Beautiful huge vaulted center room. Comfortable seating, nice collection. I stop in whenever I'm nearby for a quick 10 minute look. Infinity of Nations is best current exhibit.
  • ichontoldu
    ichontolduJuly 5, 2014
    Its free! I recommend it.
  • Allison M.
    Allison M.April 20, 2014
    Look for the arrows that belonged to Ishi, last survivor of the Yahi tribe, who spent his last years living in the San Francisco Museum of Anthropology.
  • Eric F.
    Eric FriedmanMarch 27, 2014
    If you are looking for the GOES interview location it's in this museum. It's not clear but this is 1 Bowling Green!
  • Joe😎 P.
    Joe😎 PetersonMarch 27, 2014
    Very limited but culturally rich museum that explores great works of art and fashion of the modern Native American.
  • Dani L.
    Dani La BlumMarch 4, 2014
    They have just this 2 salons with exponation, but it is interesting and for free. Watch out: A controll at the entry / No knifes, no spoons, ...
  • Bill M.
    Bill Mc BFebruary 22, 2014
    I was unaware that this museum was targeted by al Qaeda. There is full on, take your belt off, security theater here. Bullshit.
  • Charissa J.
    Charissa JJanuary 4, 2014
    Not too crowded so you can enjoy looking at the exhibits. Only allowed to take photos in the center exhibit
  • Mark S.
    Mark SchlemmerDecember 31, 2013
    The line through the main entrance can be long. As an alternative, look for the street-level, side entrance for a swifter entry.
  • Rudy J.
    Rudy JessopDecember 21, 2013
    Very educational, have to visit the modern art of Michael Morris and another one, can't remember the name.
  • Julien G.
    Julien G.October 9, 2013
    This place used to be custom house in New York.
  • George C.
    George CostaSeptember 26, 2013
    Very nice collection of American Indian artefacts. The building itself is an architectural gem.
  • Moshe R.
    Moshe RuzinSeptember 25, 2013
    Not family friendly at all. No eating allowed anywhere in the museum and not simple to go eat outside because of security checkpoints with metal detectors. Don't come here with kids.
  • Alec S.
    Alec SchroeterSeptember 23, 2013
    It's free! But they could charge if they wanted. Very interesting.
  • amNewYork
    amNewYorkSeptember 15, 2013
    The National Museum of the American Indian explores 12,000 years of Native American history and culture with collections of artwork and artifacts and traveling exhibits. FREE
  • Janice L.
    Janice LeungSeptember 14, 2013
    Free admission :)
  • Janice L.
    Janice LeungSeptember 13, 2013
    Free admission, a great place to see more indian culture
  • Richard T.
    Richard TorresSeptember 8, 2013
    Lots of things to see and to read as well
  • Richard T.
    Richard TorresSeptember 8, 2013
    First time in this museum nice.... it won't be the last
  • Dante S.
    Dante SchulzSeptember 7, 2013
    A great place to learn about the indigenous people of America!
  • Chris S.
    Chris SandemanJuly 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    SANEMANs NEW York Free walking tours start here every day at 11am and 2pm
  • Henk D.
    Henk De HauwJuly 19, 2013
    Pmyim haayu (welcome)
  • Julissa F.
    Julissa FigueroaJuly 18, 2013
    I loved it .. Admission is free
  • 🦄Sandra Elizabeth🎶🇺🇸
    Very large building, very small exhibit. If you are in the area for other things it's worth the visit, since it's free.
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkJune 28, 2013
    This museum was the HQ for New York’s customs offices until 1971. It was also ground zero for the Stamp Act Riots in 1765, as Fort Amsterdam, when U.S. and British soldiers used it as a stronghold. Read more
  • Chrissy L.
    Chrissy LynMay 21, 2013
    Check out "Up where we belong: Native musicians in popular culture" open through August 11th. While you're there, see the film in the theater and lounge on the comfy seats.
  • Vladislav K.
    It is rather small but free. And you can listen to old rock there.
  • Joseph S.
    Joseph ShambrookMay 5, 2013
    Definitely check out the "In Popular Culture" section.
  • Ebru K.
    Ebru KebapcıApril 21, 2013
    Nice, small museum with free entre.
  • Daniel K.
    Daniel KarranApril 14, 2013
    Absolutely beautiful museum filled with some awesome exhibits! Definitely worth checking out. Admission is free.
  • Kay T.
    Kay TApril 2, 2013
    The entrance is free - the museum is a part of Smithsonian. It's rather small but worth visiting!
  • Joseph T.
    Joseph TamMarch 19, 2013
    Combine this overlooked charm of a museum with a stroll of Battery Park or a ride on the Staten Island Ferry to make for a great family day trip!
  • Sarah P.
    Sarah P. MillerJanuary 21, 2013
    Hands-down the best native artifacts I've ever seen. Beautifully curated. Also, amazingly, admission is FREE.
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneDecember 18, 2012
    Worth checking out if you enjoy history and FREE. Beautiful building. Good exhibit on American Indian's in music incl clips of Hendrix and others in a mini theatre.
  • Gengbei S.
    Gengbei ShiDecember 11, 2012
    It has security check point at entrance so don't bring a knife with you if you plan to go. Admission is free and opens all day
  • Rachel C.
    Rachel CAugust 16, 2012
    The Resource Center is invaluable for anyone who wants to do research or learn more about the exhibits.
  • MetroFocus
    MetroFocusJune 19, 2012
    Experience the Andean tradition of the Festival of the Sun with guitars, pan pipes, flutes and one big musical competition. Find out how to get involved at MetroFocus. Read more
  • Washington Square Hotel
    Located within the historic Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House. The museum's permanent and temporary exhibitions explore the diversity of the Natve people of the Americas.
  • Chris N.
    Chris NolanApril 29, 2012
    The facade used in Ghostbusters II for the Manhattan Museum of Art.
  • Saving Places
    Saving PlacesApril 26, 2012
    The Custom House – home to the National Museum of the American Indian – completed in 1907 and designed by Cass Gilbert, is considered one of the four most important Federal properties in the nation.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupFebruary 17, 2012
    One of the more fascinating museums in NYC – situated in the old US Customs House – where admission is FREE everyday and it’s rarely crowded.
  • NYHistory
    NYHistoryFebruary 10, 2012
    The beautiful Alexander Hamilton U.S. Customs House sits on the site of Fort George, where a group of American patriots (including Hamilton) removed cannons so they couldn't be used by the British. Read more
  • Tracey N.
    Tracey NDecember 14, 2011
    free entry:-) bit disappointing. loved the doll display
  • Jill T.
    Jill TrazinoDecember 11, 2011
    The collection here is always nice-i like to walk here and relax as I look at the wonderful artifacts.
  • Kmart Fashion
    Kmart FashionDecember 2, 2011
    What other historical museum in NYC offers year round exhibitions free of charge? Our tip: They have a strict security policy. Leave your Swiss Army pocketknife at home!
  • Waleska
    WaleskaNovember 25, 2011
    It's only 1 flr (2nd) but interesting artifacts from various tribes. Building has marble all over, which is beautiful.
  • Joseph K.
    Joseph KristofferOctober 23, 2011
    "Future Clone" is located here, a creepy statue prominently featured in the film, "Black Swan."
  • M P.
    M POctober 7, 2011
    A wonderful museum in one if the most beautiful buildings in NYC
  • Teri T.
    Teri TynesSeptember 18, 2011
    Go see the Infinity of Nations exhibit. Really good.
  • Laura B.
    Laura BroSeptember 12, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    There are hands on and interactive activities in the Education Center downstairs. You can go inside a real tipi!
  • IWalked Audio Tours
    IWalked Audio ToursSeptember 11, 2011
    Asia Sculpture (far left of entrance). By Daniel Chester French (designed the Lincoln Memorial). Figure in robes and headdress. 3 skulls under feet represent country's enslavement. More info in blog. Read more
  • IWalked Audio Tours
    IWalked Audio ToursSeptember 11, 2011
    America Sculpture (left of entrance). By Daniel Chester French (designed the Lincoln Memorial). Represents North & South America. On left is Labor rolling forward wheel of progress. More info in blog. Read more
  • IWalked Audio Tours
    IWalked Audio ToursSeptember 11, 2011
    Europe Sculpture (right of entrance). By Daniel Chester French (designed the Lincoln Memorial). Formal figure atop throne with royal crests on hem of dress as mark of monarchy. More info in blog. Read more
  • IWalked Audio Tours
    IWalked Audio ToursSeptember 11, 2011
    Africa Sculpture (far right of entrance). By Daniel Chester French (designed the Lincoln Memorial). Semi-nude/sleeping figure demonstrated perception of Africa as "sleeping nation." More info in blog. Read more
  • IWalked Audio Tours
    IWalked Audio ToursSeptember 11, 2011
    Don't miss the 3-story hand-painted murals in the Rotunda. Done by an Assistant Clerk from the Treasury Dept in 1937. Reginald Marsh was paid $.90/hr and $1,560 total for his efforts. More in our blog Read more
  • IWalked Audio Tours
    IWalked Audio ToursSeptember 11, 2011
    7-story Beaux-Art structure by Cass Gilbert. Current resident is Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. Outside are 4 continent sculptures by Daniel Chester French. More info via our blog Read more
  • Shaarmen
    ShaarmenAugust 15, 2011
    A great place full of history, must visit if you're ever in NY.
  • Lisha A.
    Lisha ArinoJuly 7, 2011
    Originally the Custom House, but now a FREE museum. The NY counterpart to the one in DC. Absolutely gorgeous inside.
  • Karl G.
    Karl GrovesApril 19, 2011
    Great free thing to do in NYC. Housed in the original Custom House
  • Leah
    LeahApril 8, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    the building is amazing and the museum is free!
  • Stephanie K.
    Stephanie KimMarch 25, 2011
    They filmed the fundraiser party scene here in Black Swan!
  • Joel M.
    Joel MarkOctober 2, 2010
    Nice clean bathrooms
  • Brent B.
    Brent BMay 12, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Great place to walk through during a lunch break
  • Kelly D.
    Kelly DurkinNovember 24, 2009
    Great museum and it's free! Read more
  • Dalia G.
    Dalia GarcíaJuly 12, 2016
    Vale la pena conocerlo y los Lunes la entrada es Gratis
  • Alfaro
    AlfaroMarch 9, 2016
    Es gratis. Vale la pena.
  • Felipe C.
    Felipe CucalónDecember 10, 2015
    El edificio en el cual está albergado el museo es impresionante. Una belleza arquitectónica. Respecto al museo, la exposición de joyas y de cultura indígena son imperdibles. Acceso libre.
  • Os H.
    Os HerdezOctober 7, 2015
    Si te gusta la historia lo amaras
  • Josefinne P.
    Josefinne PachecoJuly 16, 2015
    Se você estiver passeando pela Wall Street não deixe de visitar este museu. Foi uma surpresa agradabilíssima!
  • YE JI L.
    YE JI LeeMarch 24, 2015
    인디언박물관. 쥬얼리, 의상 예쁘당~~
  • Kittie B.
    Kittie BessonoffMarch 22, 2015
    Неплохой бесплатный музей, который стоит посетить перед походом в natural history, иначе будет неинтересно.
  • Alan x.
    Alan x el mundoNovember 6, 2014
    Gratuito, abre todos los días y tanto el edificio como la breve exposición valen la pena.
  • Fluying ✅.
    Fluying ✅October 10, 2014
    IMPERDIBLE Edificio Beaux Arts de 1907, fue la oficina de aduanas hasta 1971,hoy expone la cultura Hopi, Navajo, Zuni, entre otras originarias. Al frente del edificio hay 4esculturas de Daniel Chester
  • Julio Cesar D.
    Julio Cesar D-GJanuary 2, 2014
    Entrada libre
  • Kinho M.
    Kinho MaldiniNovember 12, 2013
    Se você perdeu o water taxi, aguardar o próximo dentro do museu é uma boa dica! Entrada gratuita, lugar muito lindo.
  • Renata C.
    Renata CamposJuly 2, 2013
    Museu bacana, de graça e com Wi-Fi. A ala de música é uma delícia! Dá vontade de passar horas aqui.
  • Sats B.
    Sats BaMay 18, 2013
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