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At the National Museum of the American Indian in New York, NY, we've put safety protocols in place to ensure that your visit is a safe one. The museum has temporarily closed some areas for safety reasons, including the Mili Kàpi Cafe, the museum store, and the imagiNATIONS Activity Center and classroom.

Below is additional information to help you plan your visit to the museum in New York.

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New York, NY

Open
11 AM–4 PM
Monday–Friday


Washington, DC

Open
10 AM–5:30 PM
Wednesday–Sunday

Entry into the Museum

Effective September 13, 2021: In light of local conditions and the "Key to NYC" program, for public health and safety, all visitors ages 12+ are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to visit the National Museum of the American Indian in New York. Visitors under age 12—and therefore ineligible for vaccination—are exempt from the requirement, but must be accompanied by a vaccinated adult. To enter the museum, eligible visitors are required to show proof of at least one vaccination dose with a vaccine approved by the World Health Organization and a matching photo ID. The museum will not save or store your vaccine information. 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.

Timed-entry passes are not required for the museum in New York.

Entry is on a first-come, first-served basis.

The museum is located in the historic Alexander Hamilton US Custom House at One Bowling Green.

Upon entering the museum, all visitors must go through a security screening that includes a magnetometer. Personal belongings and bags will be subject to a thorough search.

Limiting the items you bring will speed the security process and help everyone maintain a safe social distance. The museum does not offer a coat or bag check or lockers.

Please note: While the museum in New York does not require timed-entry passes, staff will monitor crowd levels in the building throughout the day. Once the galleries reach capacity, staff will temporarily suspend entrance to the museum until it’s safe to allow more visitors into the building. We appreciate your patience and understanding if you are asked to wait to enter the museum.

Stay Safe!

The museum asks all visitors who are sick or feeling unwell to please stay home. We’ll be ready to welcome you back for a visit when you're feeling better! Keeping you safe while you visit is the museum's top priority. Here are some of the ways we're doing that:

Number of Visitors
For your safety, the museum is limiting the number of visitors in the building and in the galleries.

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

Social Distancing
We encourage visitors to maintain a safe social distance of six feet or more between households or groups.

Hygiene
Please wash and sanitize hands frequently during your visit and practice good hygiene. Hand-sanitizing stations are located throughout the museum.

New Traffic Patterns
Some areas of the museum have one-way traffic to support social distancing. Some exhibitions and other areas of the museum may be closed for safety reasons. Please follow the posted signs.

Museum Staff
Museum staff will stay home when sick, wear face coverings, practice social distancing, and wash hands and practice good hygiene.

In the Museum

As a safety precaution, some areas of the museum in New York are temporarily closed, including the Mili Kàpi Cafe, the museum store, and the imagiNATIONS Activity Center and classroom. Currently, there is no onsite programming and no tours. Check this website before visiting for the most up-to-date information about exhibitions and amenities. We'll do our best to make sure information is accurate and appreciate your understanding if we need to make day-of changes that may not be reflected here.

Open
  • Infinity of Nations
  • Stretching the Canvas
  • Why We Serve
Temporarily Closed
  • Diker Pavilion
  • West Gallery
  • Photography Gallery
  • imagiNATIONS Activity Center and Classroom
  • Mili Kàpi Cafe
  • Museum Store

FAQs

What are the New York museum's hours?

The museum is open from 11 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Friday.

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

Timed-entry passes are not required to visit the museum in New York; entry is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Effective September 13, 2021: In light of local conditions and the "Key to NYC" program, for public health and safety, all visitors ages 12+ are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to visit the National Museum of the American Indian in New York. Visitors under age 12—and therefore ineligible for vaccination—are exempt from the requirement, but must be accompanied by a vaccinated adult. To enter the museum, eligible visitors are required to show proof of at least one vaccination dose with a vaccine approved by the World Health Organization and a matching photo ID. The museum will not save or store your vaccine information. 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.

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 you enforcing social distancing at the museum?

We continue to encourage visitors to maintain a safe social distance of six feet or more between households or groups. At higher capacities, it is difficult to enforce social distancing and some spaces in the museums may be crowded. We encourage visitors to take this into consideration when planning their visit.

Are you limiting the number of visitors in the New York museum each day?

While the museum in New York does not require timed-entry passes, staff will monitor crowd levels in the building throughout the day. Once the galleries reach capacity, staff will temporarily suspend entrance to the museum until it’s safe to allow more visitors into the building. We appreciate your patience and understanding if you are asked to wait to enter 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. You may also email nmai-groupreservations@si.edu.

How long may I stay in the New York museum once I have entered?

You may stay in the museum until it closes at 4 PM.

Is the cafe open? What about the museum store?

The museum's cafe and store are currently closed.

Is the entire New York museum open?

As a safety precaution, some areas of the museum in New York are temporarily closed, including the museum’s cafe and store. Check this website before visiting for the most up-to-date information about what is open and closed. We appreciate your understanding if we need to make day-of changes that may not be reflected here.

Does the museum in New York have wheelchairs available?

Sanitized wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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 the Downtown Alliance’s directory for details.

Getting to the National Museum of the American Indian in New York

The museum is located on the south side of Bowling Green, in lower Manhattan, 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.

COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that is believed to mainly spread from person-to-person contact. The Smithsonian is doing its part to mitigate transmission intensity, and we ask you, our visitors, to do the same and help us reduce the spread of COVID-19. You must follow all posted instructions while visiting the Smithsonian, including instructions about wearing face coverings and social distancing. Despite these measures, 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.