The National Museum of the American Indian NYC
The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in lower Manhattan is situated in a luscious Beaux Art Building – the 1907 US Customs House, designed by Cass Gilbert. Besides the stately architecture, you can enjoy an extensive and varied collection of American Indian arts and artifacts spanning 12,000 years of history and more than 1,200 indigenous cultures throughout the Americas.
“Ranging from ancient Paleo-Indian points to contemporary fine arts, the collections include works of aesthetic, religious, and historical significance as well as articles produced for everyday use” – in addition, if you are interested in photographic and media resources, there is plenty of that too. Most importantly, it is quiet, lovely, and free.