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Group Information

Open
Daily 10 AM–5 PM
except December 25
Plan your visit

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

  • Speak in a low voice.
  • No food, drink, and gum allowed.
  • Walk, don't run.
  • Respect all museum exhibits so everyone can enjoy them.
  • Do not run, jump, throw, climb, spit, or shout.
  • Writing up against walls, on exhibition cases, and media interactives is prohibited.

The interactive imagiNATIONS Activity Center provides visitors a lively space to explore scientific principles behind Native innovations and technologies.

Open: Tuesday–Sunday, 10 AM–4:30 PM
Ages: 10 & above
Grades: 4–12
School Groups: Reservations required
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Food may not be brought into the building and lunch storage is not available. Groups are strongly encouraged to keep lunches on their bus.

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.

Subway
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

Bus
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.

Adult chaperones are required for all student groups. Chaperones must supervise and remain with their groups at all times. Groups that are inadequately supervised during their visit may be asked to leave the building. Groups of students Grades 3 and below require a ratio of one (1) chaperone for every five (5) students. Groups of students Grade 4 and up require a ratio of one (1) adult for every ten (10) students.

The museum's security procedures ensure visitor safety and the protection of objects in the museum. Visitors are greeted upon entry to the building by Federal Protective Services who conduct a thorough hand-check of all 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.

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

Open
Daily 10 AM–5 PM
except December 25
Plan your visit

Exhibition Highlights and Resources

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Infinity of Nations: Art and History in the Collections of the National Museum of the American Indian
This spectacular, permanent exhibition of some 700 works of Native art from throughout North, Central, and South America demonstrates the breadth of the museum's renowned collection and highlights the historic importance of many of these iconic objects.
Native New York

Native New York journeys through city and state to explore the question "What makes New York a Native place?" The exhibition encompasses 12 places in present-day New York, introducing visitors to the Native nations that call the region home. Stretching from Long Island through New York City and on toward Niagara Falls, it covers pre–Revolutionary War exchanges through contemporary events. From Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) ironworkers who helped build Manhattan's iconic skyscrapers to Lenape (Delaware) teens visiting their ancestral home, stories of Native New Yorkers provide an expanded understanding of the region's history and reveal that New York is—and always has been—a Native place.