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National Museum of the American Indian


National Museum of the American Indian

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The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center in New York City is located within the historic Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House. The museum’s permanent and temporary exhibitions—as well as a range of public programs, including music and dance performances, films, and symposia—explore the diversity of the Native people of the Americas.

National Museum of the American Indian

Credit: Joshua Voda/NMAI

National Museum of the American Indian

Credit: Joshua Voda/NMAI

New in May 2018! The imagiNATIONS Activity Center

Native people were the original innovators of the Americas: that is the powerful message of the imagiNATIONS Activity Center. In this family-friendly, interactive space, visitors of all ages will explore Native scientific discoveries and inventions so ingenious many continue to affect the modern world. This exploration is made even more fun by solving puzzles, performing experiments, and playing state-of-the-art computer simulations. Learn more at

National Museum of the American Indian

Credit: David Sundberg

Experience the Museum’s Permanent Collection, Infinity of Nations

This spectacular, permanent exhibition of some 700 works of Native art from throughout North, Central, and South America demonstrates the breadth of the museum's renowned collection and highlights the historic importance of many of these iconic objects. Chosen to illustrate the geographic and chronological scope of the museum's collection, Infinity of Nations opens with a display of headdresses. Signifying the sovereignty of Native nations, these works include a magnificent Kayapó krok-krok-ti, a macaw-and-heron-feather ceremonial headdress. Check out the museum’s website and the “Culture Quest” activity for children:

National Museum of the American Indian

 Credit: 5th Avenue Digital

A Shopping Experience with Something for Everyone

For more than 20 years, the Museum Store of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center, has served as New York City’s premier destination to purchase authentic Native American merchandise. Recently expanded, the store now features more items from a wider representation of Native groups than ever before, 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; non-members may purchase memberships onsite to receive the discount. And don’t forget purchases at the Museum Store are tax free!

National Museum of the American Indian

Charly Lowry of the band Dark Water Rising performs at the museum’s summer concert series, Native Sounds Downtown. Credit: Joshua Voda/NMAI.

Sensational Programming the Entire Year

The museum hosts Native musicians, dancers, artists and elders in presentations of their art and cultural heritage and in informal programs that invite them to share directly with museum visitors the life ways and world views of Native peoples. Programs include dance presentations, hands-on workshops, storytelling programs and annual events, including the Children’s Festival and the Native Sounds Downtown concert series. 

National Museum of the American Indian

  Marianne Nicolson, The Harbinger of Catastrophe, 2017 (detail). Glass, wood, halogen-bulb mechanism. Collection of the artist. Photo by Joshua Voda, NMAI. 

Seasonal and Changing Exhibitions

The museum hosts a wide variety of special exhibitions. For 2018, check out “Transformer: Native Art in Light and Sound,” and “Taíno: Heritage and Identity in the Caribbean,” which opens July 28.

National Museum of the American Indian

Taíno (Chican Ostionoid) cemi carved to represent a human head, AD 800–1500, San Pedro de Macorís Province, Dominican Republic. Stone Purchased in 1941 from A.E. Todd. (20/3511) 

Directions and Visit Information


Open 10 AM–5 PM daily, Thursdays to 8 PM. Open 10 AM–5 PM on Thanksgiving; closed on December 25. Admission is free. Floor plans are available for download and printing.


The National Museum of the American Indian–New York, is located on the south side of Bowling Green, in lower Manhattan, adjacent to the northeast corner of Battery Park.

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

M5, M15, M20

See the NY MTA for maps and service updates for subways and buses.

Drop-off & Parking
Buses may drop off groups at State Street or Whitehall Street. There is no parking at the museum. There are several parking garages located nearby. Click here for current parking options.


Visitor Services desks on the Second Floor in the Great Hall provide information on daily tours, programs, and screenings. Public tours for families and adult groups are given daily, please consult the calendar when planning your visit.

For group tours, call 212-514-3794. For adult group tours only, email For more information about tours, see NY Group Visits and Tours.

Visit the National Museum of the American Indian's new and interactive imagiNATIONS Activity Center and discover how Native STEM innovations continue to shape the modern world. Admission is free and imagiNATIONS is open daily from 10am-4:30pm. The museum is located at One Bowling Green in Manhattan.

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