December may bring chilly weather and snowfall, but the Big Apple truly comes to life over the holiday season. From pop-up markets to arthouse films and ballet, here are the December events you won’t want to miss.
Alexander Hamilton US Custom House
1 Bowling Green, New York City, New York
The Alexander Hamilton Custom House is open to visitors of the National Museum of the American Indian. Highlights of the building include the exterior columns, which are topped with images of the Roman God Mercury, and The Continents sculptures, which represent Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America. Walking tours that cover Lower Manhattan typically stop outside the Alexander Hamilton US Custom House, while private tours are a great way to see the building's facade.
Things to Know Before You Go
Art historians will enjoy the mosaics, rotunda ceiling murals, exterior limestone sculptures inside the Alexander Hamilton US Custom House.
Building tours are offered daily—check in with the American Indian Museum Visitor Services folks to learn more.
Admission to the museum is free.
How to Get There
You'll find the Alexander Hamilton Custom House on the south side of Bowling Green, between State and Whitehall Streets. The subway stops just outside the building, so it's easiest to take the 4, 5 train to the Bowling Green Subway Station. You can also hop on the M5, M15 or M20 bus. If you plan to drive, you'll find several parking garages in the area, but prices may be a bit steep.
When to Get There
The museum is open daily from mid morning until early evening, and stays open later on Thursdays. The museum is closed on December 25. Saturday is the busiest day at the museum; try to arrive before 12pm to avoid the post-lunch rush.
Learning About American Indian History
The New York location of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian is well worth a visit; the museum is housed on the first three floors of the Custom House, and presents exhibits and public programs that celebrate the diversity of American Indian culture. The museum is family-friendly and open daily.
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- National Museum of the American Indian–New York
- Ellis Island
- Bowling Green
- Museum of Jewish Heritage
- Staten Island Ferry
- Fraunces Tavern Museum
- Stone Street Historic District
- New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)
- 9/11 Tribute Museum
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