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National Museum of the American Indian – New York
One Bowling Green
New York, New York
Lower Manhattan

Daily 10 am – 5 pm
Open Thursday until 8 pm

All ages can learn about the culture and contributions of Native Americans at the engaging New York branch of this DC museum. Lots of opportunities for hands-on exploration in multiple rooms. Touch a buffalo hide, match animal drawings, learn about Mayan math, play in a teepee and more.

Pick up a fantastic family guide and find featured items among the galleries including wood and stone carvings, exquisite clothing, feather bonnets and lots of animal representations.

Current Kid-Friendly Exhibits:


Native Fashion Now (through Sep 4)

From vibrant street clothing to exquisite haute couture, Native Fashion Now celebrates the visual range, creative expression, and political nuance of Native American fashion. Nearly 70 works spanning the last 50 years explore the vitality of Native fashion designers and artists from pioneering Native style-makers to maverick designers making their mark in today’s world of fashion.


Circle of Dance (through Oct 8)

This awesome five-year exhibit featuring videos and gorgeous costumes of ten Native American social and ceremonial dances from throughout the Americas with plenty of floor space to dance along.

Storytimes: Through the end of May, learn about Taino culture through stories, song, movement, and hands-on activities in this free weekly drop-in music and movement class for ages 18 months - 4 years old. Wednesday 10:30 & 11:30 am

Family Programs: Daily screenings of films for kids.

Strollers/Diapers: Located within the grand, spacious Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, the museum has plenty of room for strollers and changing tables in the second floor bathroom.

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