National Museum of the American Indian

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National Museum of the American Indian
National Museum of the American Indian
This branch of the Smithsonian Institution displays its collection around the grand rotunda of the 1907 Custom House, at the bottom of Broadway (which, many moons ago, began as an Indian trail). The life and culture of Native Americans is presented in rotating exhibitions—from Navajo jewelry to ritual tribal-dance costumes—along with contemporary artwork. The Diker Pavilion for Native Arts & Culture, which opened in 2006, has already made its mark on the cultural life of the city by offering the only dedicated showcase for Native American visual and performing arts.
Venue name: National Museum of the American Indian
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Address: 1 Bowling Green
New York

Cross street: between Broadway and Whitehall St
Opening hours: Mon–Wed, Fri–Sun 10am–5pm; Thu 10am–8pm
Transport: Subway: R to Whitehall St; 4, 5 to Bowling Green
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Evelyn D

A must see for anyone even a little interested in Native American history and culture. They have tons of artifacts from different tribes, a hall with contemporary art by Native artists, and a really cool permanent exhibition on modern native Americans and the part they played in forming rock music. Even better, it's free and located across the street from Battery Park. The only con is that at times the layout of the museum is a bit confusing and maps aren't offered. Also, since it's free I don't think there are guided tours.