Untapped Cities Insiders are invited on a special access tour of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian inside the historic Alexander Hamilton Customs House. Insiders will get to appreciate the extraordinary artistic and architectural details of the building, which was completed 1907 on the former site of the colonial Fort Amsterdam, on a building tour led by one of the museum’s longtime docents. Then, the museum’s Collections Manager will give Insiders a behind-the-scenes look at the museum’s collections area where artifacts are processed and prepared for display. After the tour, Insiders will have time to browse the museum’s exhibits at their leisure. The museum will be open until 8:00pm!


  • Tour the building with a longtime museum docent
  • See the lobby’s stunning Guastavino rotunda with mural paintings by Reginald Marsh
  • 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
  • Get special access to the museum’s collections area

As the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Customs house, the building was an epicenter of commerce until 1974 when operations were moved to the World Trade Center. The building is a giant Beaux-Arts treasure trove of artistic and architectural work. Standing now as a national landmark, the structure has come to embody over 400 years of New York City history.

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


If you are already an Untapped Cities Insider, log in to your account and sign up for this tour on this page when registration opens on 11/15 at 12 PM EST.

If you are not an Untapped Cities Insider yet, join today and register for this tour on this page when tickets go live 11/15 at 12 PM EST.

If you don’t see a “Book Now” button on this page, it means you are not logged in as an Untapped Cities Insider and/or registration has not opened yet.

Tickets are limited to one per member, unless the member is an Explorer level member and can bring a guest. Tickets are non transferable and your membership must be active when the tour takes placeEach booking will be verified to ensure each guest is a member. 

Please be courteous of your fellow Insiders – if you are no longer able to make a tour but have ticket(s), let us know at insiders@untappedcities.com so we can release those spots to other members. We hope you are as excited as we are about this experience and hope you can join us!