The historic Alexander Hamilton Customs House, a giant Beaux-Arts structure built in 1907 at the site of the former colonial Fort Amsterdam, is a treasure trove of artistic and architectural work. Standing now as a national landmark and serving as the home of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, the structure has come to embody over 400 years of New York City history. On November 29th, explore the extraordinary landmark on a guided building tour led by one of the museum’s longtime docents. In addition to the building tour, guests on this special access tour will also get a behind-the-scenes look at the museum’s collections area with Collections Manager, John George, to learn about how artifacts are processed and prepared for display. After the tour, guests will have time to browse the museum’s exhibits at their leisure, as it will be open until 8:00pm! This tour is open to Untapped Cities Insiders. Not an Insider yet? Become a member today to gain access to free behind-the-scenes tours and special New York City events all year long!


  • Tour the building with a longtime museum docent
  • See the lobby’s stunning Guastavino rotunda with mural paintings by Reginald Marsh and Guastavino stairwells
  • Go inside the impressive Collector’s Office where you will find Tiffany carved oak panelling designed by Cass Gilbert
  • Visit the gift shop which used to be the Cashier’s Office
  • Learn about the history of the site which dates back to colonial Dutch New Amsterdam
  • Get special access to the museum’s collections area
  • Browse the exhibits of the Museum of the American Indian

DATE: Thursday, November 29th 5:00PM–6:15PM

PRICE: FREE for Untapped Cities Insiders!

CAPACITY: 15 guests. Spots allocated on a first come, first served basis.

REGISTRATION: Thursday, November 15th at 12PM EST

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3 thoughts on “Explore the Historic Alexander Hamilton Custom House

  1. Hate to be picky, and it’s a very common mistake, but it’s the US Custom House (no “s” at the end of Custom). When arriving in the US, one normally goes through customs, but otherwise the agency name is not pluralized, nor is the building on Bowling Green.

    1. Hi Edward! We’ve taken away the “s,” thanks for the correction! The Museum of the American Indian lists One Bowling Green as the building’s address.

      1. Awesome Nicole. Sorry, I meant the building on Bowling Green is not called the Customs (with an “s”) House. The address is indeed One Bowling Green, which is a nice touch. A gorgeous building fronting NYCs oldest park!

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