Group Visits & Tours

The museum offers daily public tours and gallery programs by Cultural Interpreters and Museum Ambassadors, along with daily film screenings. For information about daily tours, gallery programs, and screenings scheduled during your visit, consult the calendar or visit the Visitor Services desks in the Great Hall on the Second Floor.

For scheduling questions, contact the Reservations Office at nmai-ny-education@si.edu or 212-514-3705.

Group Visits to the Museum
Groups of ten or more planning to visit the NMAI in New York are strongly encouraged to reserve entry via online reservation, or by contacting the Reservations Office at nmai-ny-education@si.edu or 212-514-3705. After registering, you will receive a confirmation letter and pre-visit teacher resources. Please bring your confirmation letter on the day of your visit. Group size must be in accordance with the number specified in the confirmation letter.

Group Visits to the imagiNATIONS Activity Center
All groups, including school or home-school classes, daycare, camp, or scout groups, are required to reserve entry to the imagiNATIONS Activity Center. Groups may only request reservations in 30-minute increments (i.e., 10:30–11 AM; 11–11:30 AM, etc.). Groups must be 4th to 12th grade only, and are limited to 32 students per timed entry, with a requirement of one chaperone for every 10 students. Registration requests must be made at least 48 hours in advance. Reserve group entry to the imagiNATIONS Activity Center via online reservation, or by contacting Group Reservations at nmai-ny-education@si.edu or 212-514-3705. Please bring your confirmation letter on the day of your visit.

Group policy information is subject to change.

Daily Public Tours

Building Tours (45 min.–1 hr.)
Join a Museum Ambassador for an in-depth look at the unique architecture and exquisite beauty of the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, home of the National Museum of the American Indian–New York. Designed by famed architect Cass Gilbert and completed in 1907, the Custom House is a National Historic Landmark. The building’s interior splendor includes an elliptical rotunda with a 140-ton dome skylight designed by Valencia-born engineer Raphael Gustavino and murals by New York painter Reginald Marsh, as well as monumental marble arches and columns. Tours include a visit to the Collectors Office, not normally accessible to the public. The Collectors Office features woodwork by Tiffany Studios and can be seen on Boardwalk Empire and in films like Spike Lee’s Inside Man.

Exhibition Tours (45 min.–1 hr.)

Infinity of Nations: Art and History in the Collections of the National Museum of the American Indian
Join a Museum Ambassador for a guided tour through the permanent exhibition Infinity of Nations. This exhibition presents works of art from throughout Native North, Central, and South America, with more than 700 works on display. The rich exposition of focal objects, including a magnificent Apsáalooke (Crow) warrior’s exploit robe, demonstrates the degree to which Native America was interconnected before European peoples arrived and how cultural exchange has profoundly shaped our shared histories.

Insider Tours
Enhance your visit with a discussion with a Cultural Interpreter. Topics of discussion include beading, music makers, textiles, and Native games. Daily schedules are available at the Visitor Services desk, Second Floor.