Alexander Hamilton US Custom House Tours
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As well as holding a significant place in New York's history, the Alexander Hamilton US Custom House is celebrated for its ornate interior, oak panelling, and murals. Today, the Beaux Arts building houses the National Museum of the American Indian.
The Alexander Hamilton Custom House is open to visitors of the National Museum of the American Indian. Highlights of the building include the exterior columns, which are topped with images of the Roman God Mercury, and The Continents sculptures, which represent Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America. Walking tours that cover Lower Manhattan typically stop outside the Alexander Hamilton US Custom House, while private tours are a great way to see the building's facade.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Art historians will enjoy the mosaics, rotunda ceiling murals, exterior limestone sculptures inside the Alexander Hamilton US Custom House.
- Building tours are offered daily—check in with the American Indian Museum Visitor Services folks to learn more.
- Admission to the museum is free.
How to Get There
You'll find the Alexander Hamilton Custom House on the south side of Bowling Green, between State and Whitehall Streets. The subway stops just outside the building, so it's easiest to take the 4, 5 train to the Bowling Green Subway Station. You can also hop on the M5, M15 or M20 bus. If you plan to drive, you'll find several parking garages in the area, but prices may be a bit steep.
When to Get There
The museum is open daily from mid morning until early evening, and stays open later on Thursdays. The museum is closed on December 25. Saturday is the busiest day at the museum; try to arrive before 12pm to avoid the post-lunch rush.
Learning About American Indian History
The New York location of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian is well worth a visit; the museum is housed on the first three floors of the Custom House, and presents exhibits and public programs that celebrate the diversity of American Indian culture. The museum is family-friendly and open daily.
Address: 1 Bowling Green, New York City, New York, USA
5 Tours and Activities to Experience Alexander Hamilton US Custom House
Take in all the highlights of New York City on this comprehensive, one-of-a-kind tour. Explore the Big Apple like a New Yorker, as you walk, ride the subway and take the Staten Island ferry. Visit Times Square, the Broadway Theater District, Grand Central Terminal, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and much more. Entrance to the One World Observatory is also included.
Experience the best of the Big Apple during this half-day tour of Manhattan with a group limited to 15 guests. Rather than trying to do it all yourself, let an experienced guide lead you through the vibrant streets, colorful neighborhoods, and historic landmarks on foot, subway, and ferry. Get the full New York City experience and see iconic landmarks like the Empire State Building, Grand Central Station, and Wall Street.
Explore two sides of New York City on a walking tour that visits Wall Street and the 9/11 Memorial. While the dynamic history of Wall Street can be confusing to many visitors, visiting on a guided tour makes it easy to learn more about the capital of world finance—making the outing ideal for history and finance buffs. Incorporating a stop at the 9/11 Memorial adds a must-see NYC site to your day.
Private and Luxury
This private walking tour of downtown Manhattan includes visits to the 9/11 Memorial, Ellis Island, and the Statue of Liberty. Round-trip ferry ticket and all entrance fees are included on this private tour, which guarantees personalized attention from your guide. Plus, upgrade to include a visit to the One World Observatory.
Private and Luxury
Spend your morning learning about one of the nation's biggest tragedies during this Lower Manhattan tour of Wall Street and the 911 Memorial. Explore the Financial District and walk in the shadows of Wall Street's towering skyscrapers as you learn about the history of finance and banking from your guide. Then, head to the 9/11 Memorial, where you'll discover the history and impact of this dark day's events on the city and on the world.
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What's the best way to experience Alexander Hamilton US Custom House ?
The best ways to experience Alexander Hamilton US Custom House are:
- Full-Day New York "Must See" Small-Group Tour + One World Observatory Ticket
- New York "Must See" Small-Group Half-Day Tour
- Wall Street and 9/11 Memorial Walking Tour
- Private Downtown All Access One World Observatory 9/11 Memorial Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
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