NMAI New York, NY

Welcome!

We’re pleased to welcome visitors to the National Museum of the American Indian in New York, NY. Use the information below to help plan your visit.

Entrance & Safety

Entrance to the museum is free of charge, and tickets are not required. Proof of vaccination is required to visit the National Museum of the American Indian in New York, in accordance with local guidelines.

Safety measures are in place to protect the health of visitors, staff, and volunteers. Visitors who do not adhere to safety policies and guidelines may be asked to leave or may not be admitted to the museum.

New York, NY

Monday–Friday
10 AM–5 PM

Washington, DC

Sunday–Wednesday
10 AM–5:30 PM
Starting January 18:
Thursday–Sunday
10 AM–5:30 PM

Proof of Vaccination

Visitors are required to show proof of vaccination in accordance with “Key to NYC” guidelines. As of December 14, 2021, children ages 5–11 must have had one vaccine dose. As of December 27, 2021, all visitors ages 12 and older must show proof of full vaccination. Visitors ages 18 and older are required to show identification along with proof of vaccination. Proof of vaccination may include a valid paper vaccination record, a photo of a valid vaccination record, the NYC COVID Safe App, the New York State Excelsior Pass, or any city or state-issued pass. The museum will not save or store visitors’ vaccine information.

Face Coverings

All visitors ages two and older are required to wear a face covering while visiting the museum, regardless of vaccination status.

Museum Capacity

The museum monitors crowd levels throughout the day. We appreciate your patience and understanding if you are asked to wait to enter the museum or an area within the museum.

Health, Hygiene & Distance

Museum staff will stay home when sick, wear face coverings, practice social distancing, and practice good hygiene with frequent hand washing. Visitors are asked to follow the same practices.

Security

The NMAI’s security measures ensure visitor safety and the protection of objects in the museum. Visitors are greeted upon entry to the building by Smithsonian security personnel who conduct a thorough but speedy hand-check of all bags, briefcases, purses, strollers, and containers. Visitors will walk through a metal detector or be hand-screened with an electronic wand by security personnel.

See prohibited and permitted items

The following items are PROHIBITED in the museum:

  •  tripods
  •  monopods
  •  selfie sticks
  •  guns
  •  knives
  •  pen knives
  •  pets
  •  food and drinks
  •  scissors
  •  aerosol cans, including pepper spray and mace
  •  tools
  •  smoking
  •  placards, signs, or banners

The following items are PERMITTED in the museum:

  •  service animals
  •  mobility aids (canes, walkers, etc.)
  •  strollers
  •  cameras
  •  bottled water

Refer to the Smithsonian’s security policy for the most current information.

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What’s Open

The museum’s main exhibits and museum store are open, while the cafe, theaters, and some group activity spaces are temporarily closed. Onsite programming and tours are temporarily suspended.

See what’s open and closed

Open

  • Exhibitions:
    • Infinity of Nations
    • Native New York
    • Stretching the Canvas
    • Why We Serve
  • Museum Store (12–5 PM)

Temporarily Closed

  • Mili Kàpi Cafe
  • imagiNATIONS Activity Center and Classroom
  • Diker Pavilion
  • West Gallery
  • Photography Gallery
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Museum Store in New York, NY

For more than 20 years, the Museum Store of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian has served as New York City’s premier destination to purchase authentic Native American merchandise. The store features items from a wide representation of Native groups, offering apparel, art, literature, jewelry, food, and more for all ages. Members of the museum receive a 10 percent discount for purchases made at the store. Selected books, music, and gifts are also available via our online bookstore and the Smithsonian Store.

The site of the Museum Store historically served as the Cashier’s Office of the Alexander Hamilton US Custom House, now a city landmark. The renovation of the space preserves original details like antique metal dividers for the cashier’s cages, and design flourishes, such as intricate crown molding, grand chandeliers, and even the original vault used by the cashiers.

Vendors

To propose Native American arts, crafts, or media for the museum’s stores in Washington, DC, and New York, complete and submit a Vendor Product Proposal.

Getting Here

The museum is located in the historic Alexander Hamilton US Custom House at One Bowling Green in lower Manhattan. The museum entrance is on the south side of Bowling Green, adjacent to the northeast corner of Battery Park.

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.

Driving and Parking

The museum does not have parking. Metered public parking is available on surrounding streets and there are several commercial parking facilities convenient to the museum. See the Downtown Alliance’s directory for details.

Accessibility

The National Museum of the American Indian in New York, NY, is accessible to people with disabilities. The ground floor entrance and all exhibitions are wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis by request of security staff on the ground floor. Additional accessibility services can be provided with two weeks advance notice. For scheduling questions, contact the Reservations Office at nmai-ny-education@si.edu or 212-514-3705.

Smithsonian Accessibility Program

The Accessibility Program supports the Smithsonian in making all visitors feel welcome by providing consistent, effortless access to the Institution’s programs, collections, and facilities. For more information on Smithsonian accessibility policies and programs, visit Access Smithsonian, or contact 202-633-2921 (voice) or access@si.edu.

FAQs

What are the New York museum’s hours?

The New York museum is open from 10 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday. The museum store is open from 12 to 5 PM Monday through Friday.

The Washington, DC museum is open from 10 AM to 5:30 PM, Sunday through Wednesday. Starting January 18, the museum will be open Thursday through Sunday, 10 AM to 5:30 PM.

Do I need a ticket to visit? Are tickets free?

Tickets are not required and entrance is free of charge. See Entrance & Safety for entrance requirements, including proof of vaccination.

Are visitors required to wear a face covering?

Yes. All visitors ages two and older are required to wear a face covering while visiting the museum.

Are there visitor limits in the museum?

The museum monitors crowd levels throughout the day. We appreciate your patience and understanding if you are asked to wait to enter the museum or an area within the museum.

How do I bring my organized group to the museum in New York?

For the safety of visitors and staff, groups larger than six are strictly prohibited, and at least one adult chaperone is required to accompany up to five children under the age of 18. For assistance, please call Group Reservations at 202-633-6644 or 888-618-0572, TTY (non-voice) 202-633-6751, or email nmai-groupreservations@si.edu.

Is the entire New York museum open? What about the cafe and store?

The museum’s main exhibits and store are open. The cafe is temporarily closed. See What’s Open for more information.

Does the museum in New York have wheelchairs available?

Wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis by request of security staff on the ground floor. See Accessibility for more information.

Does the museum in New York have parking?

The museum does not have parking. Metered public parking is available on surrounding streets and there are several commercial parking facilities convenient to the museum. See Getting Here for more information.

COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that is believed to mainly spread by person-to-person contact. The Smithsonian is doing its part to mitigate transmission, and we ask you, our visitors, to do the same and help us reduce the spread of COVID-19. Despite our best efforts, the risk of contracting COVID-19 could increase by visiting the Smithsonian. By visiting the Smithsonian, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

The Smithsonian reserves the right to modify its hours of operation, capacity, or visitor guidelines as circumstances require and to deny entry or access to any person who fails to follow these guidelines or whose conduct puts Smithsonian staff, visitors, or property at risk.