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.

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.