New York, NY

The National Museum of the American Indian–New York, the George Gustav Heye Center, is located within the historic Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House. The museum’s permanent and temporary exhibitions—as well as a range of public programs, including music and dance performances, films, and symposia—explore the diversity of the Native people of the Americas.


Open daily 10 AM–5 PM, Thursdays to 8 PM
except December 25

Mili Kàpi Cafe
Open daily 10 AM–4:30 PM

Museum Store
Open daily 10 AM–5 PM

imagiNATIONS Activity Center
The imagiNATIONS Activity Center is temporarily closed.


Admission is free.
The building is accessible to people with disabilities.


National Museum of the American Indian
Alexander Hamilton U.S. Customs House
One Bowling Green
New York, NY 10004

Getting Here

The National Museum of the American Indian–New York is located on the south side of Bowling Green, in lower Manhattan, adjacent to the northeast corner of Battery Park.

All registered school groups must enter through the ground floor entrance to the right-hand side of the Grand Staircase, located on State Street (to the right as you face the building). Storage bins will be provided for personal belongings such as coats, bags, umbrellas, etc.


4 & 5 trains to Bowling Green
1 train to Rector Street or South Ferry
R (& W on weekdays) trains to Whitehall Street
J & Z trains to Broad Street
2 & 3 trains to Wall Street


M5, M15, M20
Visit NY MTA for maps and service updates for subways and buses.

Parking and Drop-Off

Buses may drop off groups at State Street or Whitehall Street. There is no parking at the museum. There are several parking garages located nearby.


The museum's security procedures ensure visitor safety and the protection of objects in the museum. Smithsonian security personnel conduct a thorough but speedy hand-check of visitors’ bags, briefcases, purses, strollers, and containers. Visitors are required to walk through a metal detector. Those who are unable to do so are hand-screened with an electronic wand by security personnel. Help speed entry into the museum by having all purses or bags open and ready for inspection, and pockets emptied before going through the screening station. No skateboards, bikes or scooters. Please note there may be a line to enter the museum on busy days. Security policies and a list of prohibited items are available on the Smithsonian's Security page.

Food Policy

Food may not be brought into the building and lunch storage is not available. Groups are strongly encouraged to keep lunches on their bus.