Resource Center

A Walk-In Learning Center for Museum Visitors

The mission of the Resource Center at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York is to provide information pertaining to all aspects of the indigenous people of the Western Hemisphere. Knowledgeable museum staff are available to help with general requests about the museum and its exhibitions, as well as with research using the center’s outstanding collection of books, periodicals, CDs, DVDs, and videos.

Visitors may conduct research ranging from school assignments to in-depth scholarship in the center’s work/study area, which is equipped with library collections suitable for all ages and contains information on many subjects, including history, culture, art, genealogy, current issues, and much more. For group appointments, call 212-514-3799, or email

Family Programs
Experience a diverse handling collection and hands-on activities.

The Storybook Reading and Hands-on Activity program invites families to listen to storybook readings selected from the center’s collection and participate in a related hands-on activity. All are welcome to join the program on the second Saturday of each month at 1 PM. No appointment is needed. First come, first served. Please check the calendar for details.

The Haudenosaunee Discovery Room
The Haudenosaunee Discovery Room, a unique collaboration between the Resource Center and the museum’s Education Office, is a hands-on discovery room for children that incorporates New York State guidelines for learning about the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) people. Teachers and group leaders can schedule a discovery room session with a museum staff member during museum hours. For group appointments call 212-514-3705. The Haudenosaunee Discovery Room is open to all visitors daily until 4:45 PM.

The NMAI’s Resource Center in New York
Phone: 212-514-3799

The Resource Center is open Monday through Saturday 10 AM–5 PM, Thursdays to 6:30 PM; closed on Sundays and major holidays. No appointment is required for individual researchers.

The NMAI’s Resource Center at the George Gustav Heye Center (GGHC) in New York.

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