The National Museum of the American Indian
This is one building you can’t miss! One Bowling Green facing Broadway and Trinity Streets. Just a stones throw from the famous “Wall Street Bull”. And, only a short walk from Castle Clinton and the Statue of Liberty boat entrance.
The U.S. Custom House is a seven-story structure on the south side of Bowling Green.
It has a grand set of stairs facing Bowling Green.
Everything seems huge and as you enter the interior feels immense but is very simply laid out with a spectacular rotunda.
The second floor gallery houses the permanent exhibition other floors were not open. Masterworks from Native cultures highlight the collections. If you are at Battery Park it may be worth a visit. This is Part Two – Part One – here
The collection of art and artifacts are from a variety of tribes spanning hundreds of years. The individual items selected for showing are outstanding. However, I did not get a sense of history as everything is organized geographically rather than chronologically. While the exhibits are excellent, they seem a little lost in such a large building.
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As I said earlier, I enjoyed the individual artifacts and was glad that I went inside this majestic building.