At The Manhattan Club, Bluegreen Resorts’ New York City vacation accommodation, you will have easy access to some of the world’s best entertainment, shopping, and dining experiences. You’ll also have the chance to visit plenty of free and low-cost attractions that can provide you with a culturally enriching day.
The National Museum of the American Indian, located on the two lower floors of the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House in Lower Manhattan near Battery Park, explores the history and cultures of Native groups in the Americas, from the southern tip of South America to the Arctic Circle. One of the few free museums in the city, it offers exhibits, educational programs, workshops, music and dance events, and more. In addition, as a kind of living museum, special program guests share stories from their lives and experiences that have shaped them as Native Americans.
The NMAI operates as a part of the Smithsonian Institution. Popular exhibitions have featured the Western paintings of George Catlin, the art of basket weaving, a collection of art by tribes from the Great Lakes region, and a look at ceremonial and social dances of Native peoples.
The National Museum of the American Indian encompasses photographs, media, and artifacts, most from North America. In addition to ancient artifacts, the museum contains renowned collections of art by contemporary Native American artists.
Stemming from the private collection of early 20th century collector George Gustav Heye, the NMAI is dedicated to bringing the depth and diversity of Native American peoples and their cultures to the public. The museum also strives to serve as a resource for Native peoples and to contribute to a thoughtful and vibrant dialogue about their contributions to life in the Western Hemisphere.
The museum’s home is worth a trip in itself. Designed by famed architect Cass Gilbert and completed in the early 1900s, the magnificent Beaux Arts building welcomes guests past its façade of Maine granite into a soaring, cathedral-like entryway made of white marble.
Getting there is easy, as several bus and subway lines run close to the museum near the northeastern section of Battery Park.