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Address: 1 Bowling Green, New York City, NY
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A picturesque Beaux Arts building where visitors can gaze upon beautiful...

A picturesque Beaux Arts building where visitors can gaze upon beautiful Reginald Marsh murals in an oval rotunda.

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While in NYC for Christmas, we decided to take in a tour of the U.S. Customs House. It was a one-hour long tour on the architecture of the building. The symbolism and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 December 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

While in NYC for Christmas, we decided to take in a tour of the U.S. Customs House. It was a one-hour long tour on the architecture of the building. The symbolism and craftsmanship in the interior design was truly amazing. It is well worth your time. Because this is a branch of the Smithsonian, the tour was free. The building... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

The United States Custom House, also known as the Alexander Hamilton Custom House, is a little known treasure near Battery Park in Manhattan. This building has been (mostly) restored to glorious condition, and should not be overlooked! Anyone who appreciates architecture and American history will love this place. We were fortunate enough to arrive just as the docent was beginning... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

This old government building on the lower tip of Manhattan was once the customs house for the city and remnants of that prior life are in evidence. Be sure to check out the rotunda with its unusual occulus ceiling. Don't leave without touring the Native American Museum which gives a terrific view into the lives of the Indian natives of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

This beautiful building designed by Case Gilbert (who also designed the Woolworth Building, the United States Supreme Court Building, and a number of state capital buildings), with majestic (if somewhat Western-centric apropos the period) statues in front by Daniel Chester French (Lincoln Memorial) is a wonder. The rotunda with its oval oculus is magnificent - it changes perspective as you... More 

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We walked through this building while visiting the Native American Museum last weekend. It is an incredible place, built in an era of grand buildings with carvings and marble hallways and pillars that reach to vaulted ceilings. This place is worth a visit even if just to view the architecture.

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

I don't understand the poor reviews of the collection. The permanent collection display in the large room across the back was redone a few years ago - were they from before that? The previous display also had good stuff but it was oddly mounted. Not now. This collection display is not huge, but covers all of the Americas with really... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

I believe everyone who visits New York should go see the beautiful historical objects housed in this place. The Custom House contains a rich history of the first settlers in America, displaying their traditional outfits, weapons and various things about their lifestyle. The architectural design of the building is also quite beautiful.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

When you think of NYC, you think Times Square, Rockefeller Center and Broadway plays, so you do not realize that there are so many historic buildings here. Since NYC was the countries first capital, you will find many historic buildings like Federal Hall and not as old, but the US Custom House. Both on the NYC and Federal governments list... More 

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Ossining, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

Now houses a branch of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the Native American, with collections dating back 12,000 years - SO appropriate when one considers "customs". In addition to that, the building itself, Alexander Hamilton's US Customs House, is an incredible Beaux Arts Build, located at 1 Bowling Green -inside and out - has layers upon layers of fine examples... More 

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Oceanside, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

This is a wonderful place to visit .We had an excellent tour from a guide named Spirit .She made the tour very enjoyable.

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