Located in the US Customs House, the George Gustav Heye Center in New York is a branch of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian established to promote knowledge and understanding of indigenous people in the Western Hemisphere.
This museum, one of only a few in New York that offer free admission, opened in 1994 followed by two other locations: Suitland, Maryland and the National Mall in Washington DC. It was the first museum committed to the conservation of Native American culture.
The permanent collection held at the National Museum of the American Indian consists of over 800,000 items of historical and cultural significance for all major tribes and cultures throughout the Americas and the Caribbean. In addition to the artefacts on view, the museum houses an impressive audio-visual collection, including over 90,000 historical and contemporary archives including photographs, paper folios and recordings.
For an in-depth experience, visitors can plan to spend four hours viewing the museum galleries. Visitors can also take advantage of a number of public programs including gallery talks and Native American storytelling, dance exhibitions, musical performances, films, demonstrations and hands-on workshops.
It is also well worth the visit to the museum just to see the architectural details of the historic Customs House that houses the collection.
Facts For Your Visit
Official Website: National Museum of the American IndianFee: No
Hours may be subject to change. Please verify on the official website, especially where Covid restrictions are in effect.
- Monday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Tuesday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Wednesday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Thursday: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
- Friday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
1 Bowling Grn
New York, NY 10004
Phone: (212) 514-3700
Rinki P. Jan-03-2020
Absolutely lovely musuem. Its great place for everyone. The downstairs area is hands on and great for kids and adults. The staff are very informative and... Read More
Jeremy J. Jan-19-2021
A little national museum for Native Americans that we stopped and pretty quickly while we were in New York we walked around saw some of the sites and... Read More
Lucy M. Sep-06-2020
Pre-COVID: A free Smithsonian Museum in a grand historic building, I was expecting to be wowed but as others have mentioned, left feeling like I would have... Read More
Accommodations near National Museum of the American Indian:
|Subway Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|4 or 5||Bowling Green||1 minute|
|R||Whitehall Street||3 minutes|
|1||South Ferry||4 minutes|
|J||Broad Street||6 minutes|
|2 or 3||Wall Street||8 minutes|
How to get to National Museum of the American Indian by Subway
Take the 4 or 5 train to Bowling Green which exits right in front of the museum or take the R train to Whitehall Street and follow it north to the museum on your left or take the 1 train to South Ferry, turn left onto State Street, then right onto Bowling Green or take the J train to Broad Street, follow it south to Beaver Street and go right to Bowling Green or take the 2 or 3 train to Wall Street, walk south along William Street then right (west) on Beaver Street to the museum.
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