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Special Events in NY

The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) George Gustav Heye Center in New York opened in 1994 at the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House. One of the most splendid Beaux-Arts buildings in New York City, this vast seven-story building was designed by Cass Gilbert in the early 1900s. It covers four city blocks south of Bowling Green directly across from Battery Park and at the foot of the Wiechquaekeck Trail, an old Algonquin trade route. Rich in architectural and historic significance, the U.S. Custom House is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The George Gustav Heye Center is a place where art, history and culture come together in a unique and extraordinary way. The privilege of entertaining clients and other guests at our museum is reserved for corporations and non-profit organizations that hold a corporate membership or sponsor an exhibition. The museum's varied and flexible rooms accommodate parties and meetings of all types and sizes—from intimate receptions or informative seminars to movie screenings or gala dinners.

The National Museum of the American Indian in Lower Manhattan is an ideal setting for special events with groups from 10 to 1,500.

The Rotunda | View Floorplan

Graced by a spectacular oval skylight and murals painted by Reginald Marsh, the white marbled Rotunda, with its grand proportions and stunning elegance, is the perfect spot for a majestic or singular event. All of the museum's exhibit halls and galleries are accessed through the Rotunda, and may be opened for your guests during evening events.

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The Rotunda | Seating capacity 370 | Standing capacity 600


The Collectors Office | View Floorplan

The Collectors Office, with its warm, oak-paneled Tiffany walls, is an excellent room for an intimate breakfast or an elegant, exclusive luncheon or dinner reception. Its high ceiling and ornate design also make it the perfect room for a lecture series.

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The Collectors Office | Seating capacity 50 | Standing capacity 50


The Auditorium | View Floorplan

The Auditorium offers a variety of state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment, including a 14 x 24' projection screen. There is also a 16 x 38' stage. Across from the Auditorium are four interconnecting meeting or break-out rooms that are perfect for smaller gatherings during conferences or seminars.

The Auditorium

The Auditorium | Seated theater-style, accommodates 325


The Diker Pavilion for Native Arts & Cultures | View Floorplan

Opened in September 2006, the Diker Pavilion is a center for education, film, dance, and all types of special events. Featuring an ongoing collection of Native American art and objects on display, the Diker Pavilion was constructed with the modern details of a multifunctional exhibition and performance space. The Diker Pavilion offers a contemporary setting for events within a beautiful and distinctive landmark building.

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The Diker Pavilion | Seated theater style, accommodates 415 | Seating capacity 300 | Standing capacity 500