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. Public tours for families and groups of adults are presented daily, Monday through Friday, at 1 PM and 3 PM, and Sundays at 3 PM; tours begin in the Great Hall. For private tours for groups of adults please call 212-514-3758 or email NMAI-NY@si.edu.
Daily Public Tours
Building Tours (45 min.–1 hr.)
Monday: 12 PM
Tuesday, Friday: 1 PM
Friday: 3 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
Wednesday: 1 PM
Monday, Thursday: 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.
Before and after the Horizon: Anishinaabe Artists of the Great Lakes
Thursday: 12 PM
Join a Museum Ambassador for an engaging tour through the exhibition Before and after the Horizon (closing June 15, 2014). Tour highlights include discussion of underwater panther and thunderbird, figures in Anishinaabe cosmology; and an in-depth look at artists such as Norval Morriseau, George Morrison, and Keesic Douglas.
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.
Haudenosaunee Discovery Room Tours
Learn about the original inhabitants of the New York region with a tour of the Haudenosaunee Discovery Room, available by appointment at 212-514-3705. Tours include hands-on learning for children, families, and groups, and can provide a multitude of resources, including assistance with New York State educational guidelines for learning about the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) peoples.
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.