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National Museum of the American Indian (Smithsonian Institution)

  • 1 Bowling Green Map It
  • Financial District

Published 09/11/2016

Fodor's Review

Massive granite columns rise to a pediment topped by a double row of statues at the impressive Beaux Arts Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House (1907), which is home to the New York branch of the Smithsonian museum (the other branch is in Washington, D.C.). Inside, the oval stairwell and rotunda embellished with shipping-theme murals (completed in the 1930s) are worth a long pause. The permanent exhibit, "Infinity of Nations," is an encyclopedic survey of Native American cultures from across the continent, with the entire museum housing more than 825,000 art pieces and artifacts dating from ancient to modern times. The venue presents changing exhibits, videos and films, dance, music, and storytelling programs.

Sight Information

Address:

1 Bowling Green, between State and Whitehall Sts., New York, New York, 10004, USA

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Phone:

212-514–3700

Website: www.nmai.si.edu

Sight Details:

  • Free

Published 09/11/2016

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