National Museum of the American Indian, New York City

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    Museum Of the American Indian

    by chodearm Updated Aug 23, 2004

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    So the white man came stole their land, destroyed their homes and forced them onto little plots of land, and none of this is portrayed there. The museum wasn't at all comprehensive of the struggle had in the United States but rather focuses on one specific aspect of Indian culture in the Americas whether it be South or North America. Its not all that big but its free and the visit is more about the interior of the building than collecting knowledge. You will get more knowledge of the American Indian finding a red sand stone on a beach while smoking the peacepipe. Only go here if you want to see a great feat in architecture.

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    NAtional Museum of the American Indian

    by jo104 Written Oct 22, 2008

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    Whilst in the area of Bowling Green & prior to walking through WALL street do visit this museum which used to be the old custom house its free entry and the worth a visit for the architecture alone. Herman Melville wrote parts of Moby Dick here. Unfortunately we did not have time to look around but it holds a collection of American Indian artifacts and interactive displays giving insight into their culture and beliefs. It is not a big museum & half an hour should be sufficient to get the best out of it.

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    by martin_nl Written Oct 31, 2006

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    The National Museum of the American Indian is located at Bowling Green. It is housed in the former US Customs House. You won't find a lot of history about the history of the Native Americans, but you will find a lot of their culture that is represented in vast collection of crafts and everyday objects.

    The entrance at Bowling Green The building viewed from State Street
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    National Museum of the American Indian

    by acemj Written Sep 3, 2003

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    The Smithsonian's NMAI is a FREE. What else do I need to say? This is NYC. Things aren't cheap. Free is good. Seriously, if you're interested in the plight and achievement of Native Americans, this is a great place.

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    National Museum of the American Indian

    by TexasDave Updated May 5, 2011

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    Housed in the elegant 1907 Alexander Hamilton Custom House, and the building in and of itself deserves a visit.
    The collections on display are not too extensive but include items relating to native Indians of both Americas and offer a nice place to rest and get out of the heat or cold, depending on the season. Admission is free, as this is an extension of the Smithsonian Institute museums in Washington, D.C.

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    by mrclay2000 Updated Apr 16, 2005

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    Housed in what once was the New York Custom House (an important source of revenue before the instatement of the income tax), the National Museum of the American Indian actually showcases artefacts found throughout the Western Hemisphere. Featured inside are feathered headdresses, masks and wood carvings, farm implements and tools, fabrics and prints (and during the time of my visit a gallery of famed painter George Catlin). Admission is free.

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    National Museum of the American Indian

    by seagoingJLW Written Apr 14, 2003

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    This is the George Gustav Heye Center which occupies two floors in the old Custom House. It is part of the Smithsonian Institution's organization of museums and research.

    Current exhibitions include Ancient Mexican Art (Olmec, Zapotec, Toltec, Mixtec, and Maya,) Edge of Enchantment (a multimedia presentation,) Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art (181 artists from all 31 states,) and The New Old World (photographs.)

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    The National Museum of the American Indian

    by TempNomad Updated May 24, 2003

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    The National Museum of the American Indian is one of my favorite museums in NYC. It's simple, beautiful, and always sparsely attended. And it's free! Drop a couple of dollars into the big (sadly, usually empty) donation box as you walk in.

    It has a wonderful display of clothing, pottery, artwork, instruments, and beadwork from a variety of Native American cultures.

    Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Thursday until 8 p.m. The building is accessible to all.

    In the summer, the air conditioning is lovely!

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    National Museum of the American Indian - FREE

    by TravellerMel Written Feb 3, 2012

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    Housed inside the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House (which will be the topic of another tip), I'll be the first to admit we went inside to get warm... This is a Smithsonian museum, and the admission is free. The building itself is beautiful, and the exhibits were very interesting. Inside the rooms are displays and event rooms. One room had a display of Native American dolls in various costumes and made from local materials. Another room had a deerskin pulled tight, and you could touch it to see what a teepee felt like. Yet another room had paintings and artwork of and by Native Americans. It was a very interesting museum, and we spent a happy (and warm) hour there before we had to mosey on to our next stop. Definitely a worthwhile place to visit.

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    When germany was replaced by Belgium

    by kbl Written Dec 20, 2014

    When you are in front of the building, the former hamiton Customs house, have a look at the statues on the highest level, at the front of the building. THe third from the right carries a shield that says "Belgium". These statues are here since before 1830, when Belgium became a country. So there is something that happened...
    in 1919, after Germany lost the first world war, the government decided that it would no longer be tolerated that a statue in the city would carry the word "Germany". So they looked for a friendly nation that could carry the symbols as well as the Germans, and changed the name on the shield.

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    National Museum of the American Indian

    by dila Written Jun 20, 2005

    George Gustav Heye Center
    This museum has 2 floors.
    you can see all kinds of art and handcraft from the American Indian here.
    It is from the Smithsonian Institution.

    the entrance is free.
    the museum is open 7 days per week from 10 am to 5 pm and to 8pm on thursdays.
    closed on 25th december.
    wheelchair accessibble

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    NATIONAL MUSEUMS OF THE AMERICAN INDIANS

    by zumodemango Written Feb 24, 2004

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    Cultural obcjects, jewelery and paintings from contemporary indians artists.
    In teh US Custom House, the museum is situated where the governor Stuyvesant bought the island to teh indians in 1624.

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