Group Visits & Tours
The museum offers daily public tours and gallery programs by Cultural Interpreters and Museum Ambassadors, along with daily film screenings. For information about daily tours, gallery programs, and screenings during your visit, please stop at the Visitor Services desks in the Great Hall, on the Second Floor.
Daily Public Tours
Building Tours (45 min.–1 hr.)
Monday, Tuesday, and Friday: 1 PM
Join a Museum Ambassador for an in-depth look at the unique architecture and exquisite beauty of the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, home of the National Museum of the American Indian–New York. Designed by famed architect Cass Gilbert and completed in 1907, the Custom House is a National Historic Landmark. The building’s interior splendor includes an elliptical rotunda with a 140-ton dome skylight designed by Valencia-born engineer Raphael Gustavino and murals by New York painter Reginald Marsh, as well as monumental marble arches and columns. Tours include a visit to the Collectors Office, not normally accessible to the public. The Collectors Office features woodwork by Tiffany Studios and can be seen on Boardwalk Empire and in films like Spike Lee’s Inside Man.
Exhibition Tours (45 min.–1 hr.)
Infinity of Nations: Art and History in the Collections of the National Museum of the American Indian
Monday: 3 PM
Wednesday: 1 PM
Sunday: 1 & 3 PM
Join a Museum Ambassador for a guided tour through the permanent exhibition Infinity of Nations. This exhibition presents works of art from throughout Native North, Central, and South America, with more than 700 works on display. The rich exposition of focal objects, including a magnificent Apsáalooke (Crow) warrior’s exploit robe, demonstrates the degree to which Native America was interconnected before European peoples arrived and how cultural exchange has profoundly shaped our shared histories.
For a Love of His People: The Photography of Horace Poolaw
Tuesday: 3 PM
Join a Museum Ambassador for a guided tour through the temporary exhibition For a Love of His People. This exhibition presents the work of Kiowa photographer Horace Poolaw, who documented life in rural Oklahoma from the 1920s to the 1960s. The tour will discuss Kiowa pictorial traditions, the formation of Oklahoma, Native participation in the U.S. Armed Forces, and the American Indian Exposition, as documented by Poolaw.
Weekdays: 2–3 PM (except federal holidays)
Enhance your visit with a discussion with a Cultural Interpreter. Topics of discussion include beading, music makers, textiles, and Native games. Daily schedules are available at the Visitor Services desk, Second Floor.
Tour schedules are subject to change. Please check the calendar for the date of your visit.
School Group Tour Policies & Guidelines
School groups are required to have one adult chaperon for every ten students. Chaperons must supervise and remain with their groups at all times and in all areas, including the museum store. If a class is divided because of limited gallery space, a chaperon must accompany each group. Only ten students are allowed in the museum store at one time. The NMAI reserves the right to refuse or terminate a program that is inadequately supervised or that fails to conform to standards of good behavior.