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National Museum of the American Indian

The George Gustav Heye Center of the National Museum of the American Indian is located on three floors of the historic US Custom House at Bowling Green in Lower Manhattan, and was opened in the fall of 1994 by the Smithsonian Institution.

Based largely on investment banker George Gustav Heye's collection of Native American artefacts, the museum's exhibits range from prehitoric stone carvings to modern works of art. The museum's policy one of great respect to the cultures it represents, and is greatly enhanced by the expert knowledge of its Native American curators.

Beyond the permanent exhibits, the museum offers a variety of temporary exhibitions, together with presentations of music, dance, interpretive theatre and symposia. The Heye Center houses a Resource Center which, with the aid of conventional and on-line computer technology, stands among the world's greatest information centers on Native American life, history and culture.

As manager of the museum's moving image and sound archives, the Film and Video Center houses over 1500 titles on film and videotape. Since 1979, it has presented 10 major festivals in New York City and it continues to co-ordinate the biennial Native American Film and Video Festival. The Center presents daily public screenings and special lectures, and produces authoritative publications on all aspects of Native American life and culture on film, video and audio tape.

For further details, please call the Film and Video Center on (212) 514 3730.

Essential Data

Address: The George Gustav Heye Center, Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, 1 Bowling Green, New York, N.Y. 10004

Tel: (212) 668 6624 (Recorded Information)

Opening hours: 10.00am-5.00pm Friday - Wednesday / 10.00am-8.00pm Thursday

The museum is closed at Christmas.

Admission charges: Free

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