New York City Museums & History
History, heritage and innovation are a huge part of what makes New York City so unique. The city is home to hundreds of institutions that display the art, artifacts, and stories of a variety of cultures and subjects. From science to European art, media and money, The Big Apple has a museum for almost everything.
While exploring Staten Island, stop at the Alice Austen House
for a unique museum experience. The Dutch Colonial style home, often referred to as Clear Comfort, was built between 1690 and 1750, and belonged to photographer Alice Austen until 1945. The home now houses a museum featuring work from Austen and other photographers. The Austen House also offers etiquette classes, art camps and small concerts.
Address: 2 Hylan Blvd., Staten Island, NY 10305 - MAP
Phone: (718) 816-4506
Enjoy the work on display at the American Folk Art Museum
. The museum features diverse artworks from 20th and 21st century artists. There are over 500 works and more than 5,000 objects at the museum along with pieces like Flag Gate
(c. 1876), Archangel Gabriel Weathervane
(c. 1840), St. Tammany Weathervane
(c. 1890), the Bird of Paradise Quilt Top
(1858–1863) and Ammi Phillips' masterpiece, Girl in Red Dress with Cat and Dog
Address: 2 Lincoln Square, New York, NY 10023 - MAP
Phone: (212) 265-1040
If natural history is what sparks your interest, then you can't miss visiting the American Museum of Natural History
, one of the largest museums in the world. The museum houses 32 million artifacts encompassed within 25 buildings, equipped with 46 permanent exhibition halls, research laboratories, its world-renowned Rose Center and Planetarium and its lauded library. A few of the museum's most popular exhibit halls include the Hall of Ocean Life, Human Biology and Evolution, Halls of Minerals and Gems, Hall of Meteorites, and the Fossil Halls.
Address: Central Park West, New York, NY 10024 - MAP
Phone: (212) 769-5100
Money talks at the American Numismatic Society
, where you can learn everything you need to know about coins, currency, medals, and tokens from all cultures, past and present. The society's collection is comprised of over 800,000 objects from a variety of cultures and time periods. The ANS has a permanent exhibit featured at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York called Drachmas Doubloons and Dollars: The History of Money
. The American Numismatic Society is the foremost institution of its kind in the nation.
Address: 75 Varick St., Ste. 1100, New York, NY 10013 - MAP
Phone: (212) 571-4470
Learn about Asian culture with some help from the Asia Society
. The society was founded by John D. Rockefeller III to help strengthen relationships among the citizens, leaders and institutions of the United States and Asia, and is focused on educating the world about Asia. The museum showcases traditional and contemporary works from over 30 Asian-Pacific countries. Hindu and Buddhist statuary temple carvings, Chinese ceramics and Japanese paintings are all featured at the museum. Exhibitions change several times a year presenting art, performance, film, lectures and programs to visitors, students and teachers.
Address: 725 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10021 - MAP
Phone: (212) 288-6400
Get an eyeful of art at the Bronx Museum of the Arts
, considered to be the "flagship cultural institution of the Bronx." The museum was founded in 1971 and features contemporary and 20th century artwork created by culturally diverse, American artists. There are more than 800 paintings, sculptures, photographs and works on paper in the museum's permanent collection.
Address: 1040 Grand Concourse at 165th Street, Bronx, NY 10456 - MAP
Phone: (718) 681-6000
Stroll through the 52-acre Brooklyn Botanic Garden
to get a glimpse of natural beauty in the midst of the Concrete Jungle. The garden is home to the Steinhardt Conservatory, which features three climate-themed plant pavilions, a white cast-iron and glass aquatic plant house, and an art gallery. You'll see over 10,000 species of plant life in bloom on your visit here.
Address: 1000 Washington Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11225 - MAP
Phone: (718) 623-7200
Explore the hands-on, interactive activities and permanent collection at the Brooklyn Children's Museum
. The museum is home to over 30,000 objects and artifacts that include natural science specimens like minerals, fossils and preserved birds, mammals, and insects. There are also several engaging exhibits that detail a myriad of subjects. You'll have a lot of ground to cover when you visit this museum.
Address: 145 Brooklyn Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11213 - MAP
Phone: (718) 735-4400
Browse the extensive collection at the city's second-largest art museum, the Brooklyn Museum
. The permanent collection is comprised of over one-and-a-half million objects, showcasing culturally diverse works from ancient Egyptian masterpieces to contemporary arts, 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th century paintings and sculptures. Patrick Kelly, Chuck Close, Denis Peterson, Takashi Murakami, Mat Benote, Jim Dine, Sylvia Sleigh and William Wegman are just a few artists that have work featured here.
Address: 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11238 - MAP
Phone: (718) 638-5000
Spend a day enjoying the art exhibits and creative, hands-on activities at the Children's Museum of the Arts
. The museum boasts a collection of over 2,000 paintings and drawings that have been amassed from all over the globe. If your kid is a budding artist, then exposing them to the art program here is a must. The program is intended to promote self-expression and self-esteem through visual arts. The CMA is committed to celebrating the artist in every child, as well as life and the arts in New York City.
Address: 103 Charlton St., New York, NY 10014 - MAP
Phone: (212) 941-9198
Architects will appreciate the exhibits at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
. The museum is housed in the former Andrew Carnegie Mansion and features exhibits and artifacts that showcase design history, along with contemporary design. The collection is showcased in four departments: Product Design and Decorative Arts; Drawings, Prints and Graphic Design; Textiles, and Wallcoverings.
Address: United Nations Headquarters, 3 United Nations Plaza,
New York, NY 10017 - MAP
Phone: (212) 849-8400
Larger than life art makes its home at the Dia Art Foundation
. The foundation was established in 1974 as an organization that initiates, supports, presents and preserves art projects. Dia's collection is comprised of works by artists of the 1960s and 1970s; the artworks from this period are often large scale pieces that necessitate expansive space. The gallery showcases large-scale installations, paintings and sculptures; including works by Dan Flavin, Richard Serra, Michael Heizer and Andy Warhol.
Address: 535 W 22nd St., Ste. 4, New York, NY 10011 - MAP
Phone: (212) 989-5566
Familiarize yourself with arts from another culture at the El Museo del Barrio New York
, an art museum that specializes in Latin American and Caribbean art, highlighting artworks from Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rican community of New York City. The museum has amassed a collection of approximately 6,500 pieces of pre-Columbian and traditional artifacts, as well as 20th century arts and crafts, graphics, and popular media. Through its extensive collection of Dominican art, social and political themed art, folk art and others, the museum educates its diverse body of visitors in the richness of Latin and Caribbean cultures.
Address: 1230 5th Ave., New York, NY 10029 - MAP
Phone: (212) 831-7272
Visit the Ellis Island Museum
to see if any of your ancestors can be found on the "Wall of Honor," a partial list of the immigrants who entered the country through the island. Other exhibits include: Hearing Room, Peak Immigration Years, the Peopling of America, Restoring a Landmark, Silent Voices, Treasures from Home
and Ellis Island Chronicles
Address: 17 Battery Place Ste. 10, New York, NY 10004 - MAP
Phone: (212) 344-0996
Another NYC must-see attraction is the Empire State Building
. The 80th floor of the ESB houses a unique exhibit that details the history, engineering and construction of this iconic building. Photographs, sketches, and construction notes make up just a small portion of this ground-breaking exhibition. And of course, no visit to the Empire State Building is complete without seeing the view of The Big Apple from the observation deck.
Address: 350 5th Ave., New York, NY 10118 - MAP
Phone: (212) 736-3100
Indulge in the arts at Grey Art Gallery at NYU
. New York University's fine arts museum operates to collect, preserve, study, document, interpret and exhibit the manifestations of human culture. Set apart from other galleries, Grey pinpoints art's historical, cultural, and social elements; exhibits feature all aspects of visual arts, video, film and performance. The gallery also sponsors public programs in relation to its featured exhibitions, including lectures, symposia, panel discussions and films.
Address: 100 Washington Square E, New York, NY 10003 - MAP
Phone: (212) 998-6780
Spanish culture has deep roots in the United States, and the Hispanic Society of America
shines a light on how deep those roots go. This museum is home to a rare books and manuscripts research library holding 15,000 books printed before 1700. An intrinsic feature of the museum is the Sorolla Room, which displays a vast series of Sorolla paintings created from 1911 to 1919; these paintings illustrate scenes from each of the provinces of Spain. Other art showcased at the museum include works by Diego Velázquez, Francisco de Goya, El Greco, and Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida, among others.
Address: 613 West 155th St., New York, NY 10032 - MAP
Phone: (212) 926-2234
If photography is your passion, the International Center of Photography
is a must-see destination for you. The center is a photography museum, school and research center located in Manhattan. Since opening in 1974, ICP has presented over 500 exhibitions featuring the work of more that 3,000 photographers. The permanent collection is home to about 100,000 photographs that explore the history of photography. Types of photos include daguerrotypes to gelatin silver and digital chromogenic prints.
Address: 1133 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street,
New York, NY 10036 - MAP
Phone: (212) 857-0000
Those with an interest in military and maritime history will enjoy the exhibits at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
. The museum has a collection of ships and other war craft including the World War II aircraft carrier USS Intrepid
, the submarine USS Growler
, a Concorde SST and a Lockheed A-12 supersonic reconnaissance plane. Exhibits showcase aircraft from: the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army, U.S. Coast Guard, NASA and Britain, Italy, France, Israel, China and Poland.
Address: 700 W 46th St., New York, NY 10036 - MAP
Phone: (212) 957-7041
For a New York City history lesson, skip the text book and head straight to the source at the LaGuardia and Wagner Archives
. The archives were established in an effort to collect, preserve and make available primary information chronicling the social and political history of New York City. The archives serve researchers, journalists, students, exhibit planners and others. Some documents the LaGuardia and Wagner Archives has in its possession include papers of several mayors, the records of the New York City Council, the New York City Housing Authority, the piano maker Steinway & Sons and a Queens History Collection.
Address: 3110 Thomson Ave., Ste. E238,
Long Island City, NY 11101 - MAP
Phone: (718) 482-5065
Derek Jeter, Madonna, Biggie Smalls, The Beatles, Robert Pattinson, Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Marilyn Monroe have all made a home at Madame Tussauds New York
. This world-famous wax figure museum features the likeness of the aforementioned celebrities along with other renown figures like Bill Clinton, Ghandi, JFK, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr., and Abraham Lincoln, among many others.
Address: 234 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036 - MAP
Phone: (212) 512-9600
Take a step back in time when you visit the Merchant's House Museum
, the only 19th century home in New York City preserved both inside and out. The house is renowned for its collection of approximately 3,000 items including original furnishings, decor and preserved clothing and effects of the family that inhabited the home. The museum produces many performances, presentations, lectures, exhibitions and special events throughout the year.
Address: 29 East 4th St., New York, NY 10003 - MAP
Phone: (212) 777-1089
The Museum for African Art
was founded in 1984 to raise awareness, understanding and appreciation of African art and culture. The museum has organized nearly 60 critically acclaimed exhibitions that have traveled to almost 140 venues worldwide, including 15 foreign countries. The most well-known exhibitions have been the "Art/Artifact: African Art in Anthropology Collections" in 1988, "Exhibition-ism: Museums and African Art" in 1994, and "Africa Explores: 20th-Century African Art" in 1991.
Address: 36-01 43rd Ave., Long Island City, New York 11101 - MAP
Phone: (718) 784-7700
Future business leaders of the world will appreciate a visit to the Museum of American Finance
. The museum is the nation's only independent public museum dedicated to celebrating the spirit of entrepreneurship and the democratic free market – the stuff that has made New York the financial capital of the world. The Museum of American Finance is a presenter and interpreter of current financial issues through the procurement, preservation and exhibition of financial objects and information.
Address: 48 Wall Street, New York, NY 10005 - MAP
Phone: (212) 908-4110
The Museum of Arts & Design
opened in 1956 as a center for the collection, preservation, study and display of contemporary hand-made art designed with materials like clay, glass, metal, fiber and wood. The exhibition of over 2,000 objects documents contemporary and historic innovations in craft, art and design. The museum is visited by approximately 300,000 visitors per year and produces touring exhibitions that double the museum's audience.
Address: 2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019 - MAP
Phone: (212) 299-7777
The Museum of Chinese in America
offers the perfect opportunity for you to examine the impact that the Chinese culture has had on our country. The museum chronicles 160 years of Chinese culture in America through innovative exhibitions and educational and cultural programs. The museum is home to more than 60,000 letters, documents, business and organizational records, oral histories, clothing, textiles, photographs and artifacts that celebrate Chinese American arts, culture and history.
Address: 215 Centre St., New York, NY 10013 - MAP
Phone: (212) 334-1057
Pay your respects to those who lost their lives during one of the most devastating and deplorable assaults on humanity at the Museum of Jewish Heritage
. The museum was created as a living memorial to the Holocaust, designed to symbolically represent the Star of David and the six million Jews who lost their lives during that horrific time. The museum's permanent exhibits include The War Against the Jews
, an exhibit on the Holocaust and Jewish Life a Century Ago
and Jewish Renewal
; both exhibits explore Jewish culture.
Address: 36 Battery Place, New York, NY 10004 - MAP
Phone: (646) 437-4202
Visiting the Museum of Modern Art
is a must when you're in NYC. This is one of the world's leading art institutions, home to renown works like The Starry Night
by Vincent van Gogh, The Dream
by Henri Rousseau, Les Demoiselles d'Avignon
by Pablo Picasso, The Persistence of Memory
by Salvador Dali, Campbell's Soup Cans
by Andy Warhol, Water Lilies
by Claude Monet and The Dance
by Henri Matisse. If that isn't enough to pique your interest, let us say that this museum's collection of modern and contemporary art covers a variety of medias and is unmatched by any institution in the world.
Address: 11 West 53 Street, New York, NY 10019 - MAP
Phone: (212) 708-9400
Get an in-depth look at the art and history of The Big Apple at the Museum of the City of New York
. The museum was founded in 1923 to showcase the history of New York City. In fact, in 1982 the institution was gifted "The Hundred Year Association of New York's Gold Medal Award" for its outstanding contributions to the city. Here you'll find art in various medias featuring the city and its residents, costumes, decorative objects and furniture, toys, rare books and manuscripts, marine and military artifacts, police and fire artifacts, items documenting the golden age of Broadway theater and lots more.
Address: 1220 5th Ave., New York, NY 10029 - MAP
Phone: (212) 534-1672
If you want a closer look at the world of film making, look no further than the Museum of the Moving Image
. This media museum uses its collection of the art, history, technique and technology of film, television and digital media to expand public understanding and appreciation of film making. Over 130,000 objects, including licensed merchandise, technical apparatus, still photographs, production design material, costumes, fan magazines, publicity materials and video and computer games, can be found on display here.
Address: 3601 35th Ave., Astoria, New York 11106 - MAP
Phone: (718) 777-6800
Take a look back at Native American history and culture at the National Museum of the American Indian
. This museum boasts a collection that is comprised of over 800,000 objects and a photo archive of 125,000 images that detail the lives of the Native American peoples. The objects showcased include works of aesthetic, religious and historical significance and articles used for everyday use.
Address: 1 Bowling Green, New York, NY 10004 - MAP
Phone: (212) 514-3700
The New Museum of Contemporary Art
is the only museum in New York City that is solely devoted to presenting contemporary art from around the globe and is respected world-wide for it's universal curatorial program. The museum was founded in 1977 and has since featured artists from Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, China, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Germany, Poland, Spain, South Africa, Turkey, and the United Kingdom, among others. The New Museum has become a primary resort for new art and ideas.
Address: 235 Bowery, New York, NY 10002 - MAP
Phone: (212) 219-1222
Celebrate our everyday heroes at the New York City Fire Museum
. This museum details the history of firefighting and houses one of the nation's most important collections of fire-related art and artifacts. The museum is located in a renovated fire house that has been around since 1904. Painted leather buckets, helmets, parade hats and belts, lanterns and tools, pre-Civil War hand pumped fire engines, horse drawn vehicles and early motorized devices are a few items in the museum's collection.
Address: 278 Spring St., New York, NY 10013 - MAP
Phone: (212) 691-1303
Learn more about the people who protect and serve at the New York City Police Museum
. The museum serves as an educational institution, a living memorial and a bridge of understanding between the communities of New York, the international community and the world's largest, most famous police force, the New York City Police Department. Exhibits showcase artifacts that date back to the Dutch settlers, meaning it covers over three centuries of NYPD.
Address: 100 Old Slip, New York, NY 10005 - MAP
Phone: (212) 480-3100
Let the hands-on exhibits at the New York Hall of Science
teach you a thing or two about science and technology. The museum is home to more than 400 interactive exhibits that explore biology, chemistry and physics. Through these interactive exhibitions, you will learn about a multitude of things including molecules, microbes, the similarities between natural networks and created networks, the Earth's extreme environments, and much more.
Address: 47-01 111th St., Queens, NY 11368 - MAP
Phone: (718) 699-0005
Discover a treasure trove of NYC information at the New York Historical Society
. This education and research institution presents exhibitions and public programs on the city's history and influence on the modern world. The museum houses four centuries of artifacts and artwork that tell the story of America from New York's perspective. Some of the objects on display include all 435 of John James Audubon's watercolors preparatory for Birds of America and the largest known collection of Tiffany lamps.
Address: 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024 - MAP
Phone: (212) 873-3400
NYC is known for its public transportation system, and the New York Transit Museum
offers full details on how this storied system came to be. Exhibits include explanations of labor involved in subway operations, the methods of travel used by New Yorkers, the construction of the Triborough Bridge, the old process of revenue collection, history of the city's street transport and more. Memorabilia and exhibits include old signs, station artwork, models and dioramas of the subway, two working subway tracks, preserved subway cars, a working signal tower and other equipment.
Address: Boerum Pl & Schermerhorn St., Brooklyn, NY 11201 - MAP
Phone: (212) 878-0106
The Nicholas Roerich Museum
is dedicated to the works of Russian-born artist, Nicholas Roerich. His work focused on nature scenes from the Himalayas and there are rumored to be thousands of Roerich paintings around the world. His paintings explore the "mythic origins, the natural beauty, and the spiritual strivings of humanity and of the world." The museum is home to between 100 and 200 of Roerich's paintings as well as a collection of archival materials. People from all around the world visit New York to see the work of Roerich.
Address: 319 West 107th St., New York, NY 10025 - MAP
Phone: (212) 864-7752
See what's new at the MoMA PS1 Contemporary Art Center
. The center is more of an exhibition space rather than a collecting institution like it's affiliate, the Museum of Modern Art. PS1 promotes the enjoyment, appreciation, study and understanding of contemporary art and hosts over 50 exhibitions annually including retrospectives, site-specific installations, historical surveys, arts from around the globe and a full schedule of music performances.
Address: 22-25 Jackson Ave. at the intersection of 46th Ave.,
Long Island City, NY 11101 - MAP
Phone: (718) 784-2084
The Queens Historical Society
was founded in 1968 and is the only museum about Queens' history within the borough. The society's main project is the preservation of history and designation of the borough's landmarks. Through educational programs, exhibitions, lectures, newsletters and presentations relating to Queens, the society covers all chapters of the borough's history for its community and visitors.
Address: 14335 37th Ave., Flushing, NY 11354 - MAP
Phone: (718) 939-0647
Experience the art of one of the most diverse counties in the nation at the Queens Museum of Art
. The museum is known for international contemporary art exhibitions that reflect the famous borough, and presents art exhibits, public events and educational experiences for its visitors to promote the appreciation of art and support the creative efforts of local and renown artists. The permanent collection at QMA boasts about 10,000 objects, approximately 6,000 of which are documents from the 1939 and 1964 World's Fairs. The museum also features an extensive collection of Tiffany glass, and a famous Panorama of the City of New York.
Address: New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park,
Queens, NY 11368 - MAP
Phone: (718) 592-9700
The Rose Center for Earth and Space
is a celebrated constituent of the American Museum of Natural History. The building showcases a seven-story glass cube that encloses the 87-foot-diameter Hayden Sphere; the top half of the sphere houses the Space Theater, one of the world's premier planetariums. The planetarium utilizes current astrophysical data and high-resolution video to create "space shows." Exhibits at the center include The Gottesman Hall, The Cullman Hall of the Universe and the Helibrun Cosmic Pathway that illustrates a time-line of the universe. The Apollo moon landings are illustrated in photographs throughout the first floor of the center.
Address: 200 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024 - MAP
Phone: (212) 769-5100
Experience a day spent at the "crown jewel" of Staten Island exploring the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden
. The center is a collection of architecturally significant 19th century buildings set in an 83-acre park on the shores of Staten Island. The buildings here house a number of important museums, including The Staten Island Museum and the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art. The botanical garden maintains extensive gardens like Connie Gretz's Secret Garden, complete with a castle, maze and walled secret garden.
Address: 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10310 - MAP
Phone: (718) 448-2500
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
is an architectural icon and an esteemed host of impressionist, post-impressionist, early modern and contemporary art. The institution presents special exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, lectures by artists and critics, performances and film screenings, classes for adults and teens, and tours of the galleries led by expert guides.
Address: 1071 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10128 - MAP
Phone: (800) 329-6109
Satisfy the techie in you as you explore the exhibits at the Sony Wonder Technology Lab
. You'll be exposed to the world of science and media through hands-on, interactive exhibits like Sensi-Tile, Animation Ramp, the Wonder of Music, Moviemaker, In the Game and more.
Address: 550 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10022 - MAP
Phone: (212) 833-8100
South Street Seaport Museum
was founded in 1967 as part of a 12 square-block historic district that is the site of the original port of New York City. As one of several museums that together frame "America's National Maritime Museum," it houses exhibition galleries, a working 19th century print shop, an archeology museum, a maritime library, a craft center, a marine life conservation lab and the largest fleet of historic ships in the nation.
Address: 12 Fulton Street, New York, NY 10038 - MAP
Phone: (212) 748-8600
The Staten Island Museum
offers the perfect presentation of exhibitions that feature natural sciences, fine art and history. When you visit the museum, you'll be able to explore a collection of over 500,000 botanical, biological, anthropological and mineral specimens. As you stroll through the island's oldest cultural institution, you'll also find an art collection that includes works that span prehistory to the modern period. The historical collections and library on site include maps, atlases, early films, audio recordings, photos and archival documents that date back to the 17th century. If you enjoy history and the arts, this museum is a must-see.
Address: 75 Stuyvesant Pl., Staten Island, NY 10301 - MAP
Phone: (718) 727-1135
Art lovers and those who appreciate African American heritage will enjoy the works at Studio Museum Harlem
. This museum boasts a collection of contemporary art by talented African American artists throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. The museum's permanent collection has over 1,600 works of art in the forms of drawings, pastels, prints, photographs, mixed-media works and installations.
Address: 144 West 125th Street, New York, NY 10027 - MAP
Phone: (212) 864-4500
The Lower East Side Tenement National Historic Site
is a five-story brick apartment building that was home to an estimated 7,000 people, from over 20 countries, between 1863 and 1935. Now a National Historic Landmark, the museum offers tours of restored apartments that paint a picture of the life of an immigrant. The Tenement Museum promotes tolerance and historical perspective on the immigrant experience.
Address: 103 Orchard St., New York, NY 10002 - MAP
Phone: (212) 982-8420
Let the kids get a taste of the city's museum scene at The Children's Museum of Manhattan
. Hands-on, interactive exhibits span different educational areas, including early childhood, healthy lifestyles, creativity, and world culture. Past exhibits include Monkey King: A Story from China, Art Inside Out, Body Odyssey, Oh, Suess! Off to Great Places
and the Art of Andy Warhol
. Along with exhibits, the museum boasts a media center, an outdoor environmental center and an early childhood center.
Address: 212 W 83rd St., New York, NY 10024 - MAP
Phone: (212) 721-0471
is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art that presents art works and architecture from Medieval Europe. The collection at The Cloisters is comprised of about 5,000 European medieval works of art, mostly created between the 12th and 15th centuries. Other artifacts include tapestries, the Cloisters Cross
, medieval manuscripts and illuminated books. The landscaping surrounding The Cloisters include gardens planted according to horticultural information from medieval manuscripts and artifacts.
Address: Fort Tryon Park, 99 Margaret Corbin Dr., NY 10040 - MAP
Phone: (212) 923-3700
The Drawing Center
is a museum that offers nonprofit exhibition space to focus solely on the exposition of drawings, both historical and contemporary. The Center has presented more than 230 exhibitions and has published over 85 catalogs. The New York Times has called the gallery "one of the city's most highly respected small art museums."
Address: 35 Wooster St., New York, NY 10013 - MAP
Phone: (212) 219-2166
The Forbes Galleries
is located in the lobby of the Forbes Magazine
headquarters and is the home of Malcolm Forbes' collection; the family has continued to share the collection with the public after his death. The collection is comprised of Forbes' lifelong collection of toys. Exhibits have showcased a collection of medals and other collectibles from some Olympians, a wealth of Faberge Eggs, an armada of 500 ships and 12,000 toy soldiers, and one of the original Monopoly boards.
Address: 62 Fifth Avenue at 12th St., New York, NY 10003 - MAP
Phone: (212) 206-5548
Explore the art in the famous Frick Collection
. One of the nation's most esteemed small art museums, the collection includes works by Giovanni Bellini, Francois Boucher, Rembrandt, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Titian, Anthony van Dyck, James McNeill Whistler, and many others. You can see these works throughout the museum's 16 galleries.
Address: 1 E 70th St., New York, NY 10021 - MAP
Phone: (212) 288-0700
The Jewish Museum of New York
is the leading Jewish museum in the United States. The museum's acquisitions total over 26,000 objects including paintings, sculpture, archaeological artifacts and others, making it the largest collection of Jewish art and culture outside of Israel. The artifacts focus on Jewish history and modern and contemporary art. The museum's permanent exhibit, Culture and Continuity: The Jewish Journey
, is enhanced by rotating exhibitions and special expositions.
Address: 1109 Fifth Ave. at 92nd Street, New York, NY 10128 - MAP
Phone: (212) 423-3333
While in New York City, seeing the Metropolitan Museum of Art
is a must. This museum is one of the most prestigious art museums in the nation, housing over two million works in its collection. The permanent collection includes pieces from classical antiquity and Ancient Egypt, paintings and sculptures from many of the European masters and a vast collection of American and modern art. Other holdings at the museum are encyclopedic collections of musical instruments, costumes and accessories and antique weapons and armor from around the world.
Address: 1000 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10028 - MAP
Phone: (212) 535-7710
The Morgan Library and Museum
is a complex of buildings that serve as a museum and research center. The collection includes manuscripts, books, prints and drawings. Some of the works featured were created by artists like Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, Rembrandt, and Picasso. Other gems in the collection are: a Charles Dickens manuscript of A Christmas Carol
; a journal by Henry David Thoreau; scores from Beethoven, Chopin, and Mozart's Haffner Symphony in D Major; and manuscripts of Charlotte Brontë, and nine of Sir Walter Scott's novels, including Ivanhoe
Address: 225 Madison Ave. at 36th St., New York, NY 10016 - MAP
Phone: (212) 685-0008
Take a look into the city's past at the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden
, a facility that presents the history of the Mount Vernon Hotel. The hotel operated from 1826 until 1833; in its heyday, the hotel was a fashionable country resort that was popular among New Yorkers who wanted to take a break from city life. After restorations, the site was opened to the public in 1939 and serves as a reminder of a significant era in New York City history.
Address: 421 East 61st St., New York, NY 10065 - MAP
Phone: (212) 838-6878
Check out a piece of true New York City history at the Museum at Eldridge Street, also known as the Eldridge Street Synagogue. Throughout the years, the synagogue was more than a place of worship. For many it was their greeting to America, as the synagogue was an agency of acculturation. Immigrants came seeking food, loans, information on housing opportunities and to make arrangements to care for the ill and dying. Years later, the synagogue is still pursuing its cultural and educational mission through informative tours, walking tours, concerts, festivals, readings, and other special events that relate to American Jewish history, the history of the Lower East Side and immigration.
- Free Mondays: Eldridge Street is one of few museums that are open for free on Mondays.
Address: 12 Eldridge St., New York, NY 10002 (between Canal and Division Streets) - MAP
Hours: 10 am to 5 pm Sunday-Thursday and 10 am to 3 pm Friday; closed Saturdays
Admission Prices: $12 adult; $10 senior/student; $8 children 5-17 (free to children under 5)
Phone: (212) 219-0302
Fashionistas will enjoy exploring The Museum at FIT
, home to important collections of clothing, textiles and accessories. The museum's exhibits explore 250 years of fashion history through expositions like London Fashion, The Corset:Fashioning the Body,
and Gothic: Dark Glamour
. The main floor of the museum features the only permanent fashion history exhibit in the nation, The Fashion and Textile History Gallery
. The gallery is changed every six months and features a rotating selection of about 200 historically significant pieces from the museum's collection.
Address: Seventh Ave. at 27th St., New York, NY 10001 - MAP
Phone: (212) 217-4558
When you visit Bronx Park, be sure to take the time to stroll through The New York Botanical Garden
. The garden occupies 250 acres of the park, and is comprised of 50 different gardens and plant collections. Other features of the garden include the 1890s "crystal-palace style" greenhouse, the Peggy Rockefeller memorial rose garden, research facilities, a 50,000-volume library and the largest herbarium in the Western Hemisphere with an archive of over seven million botanical specimens dating back over three centuries.
Address: 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY 10458 - MAP
Phone: (718) 817-8700
The Noguchi Museum
was created in 1985 by Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi. The sculptor wanted to preserve and display his sculptures, architectural models, stage designs, drawings and furniture designs. The 24,000-square-foot museum boasts two-stories, a sculpture garden and 12 galleries.
Address: 9-01 33rd Road, Long Island City, NY - MAP
Phone: (718) 204-7088
Join the discussion of the cultural, creative and social significance of television, radio and the media-interested public by visiting The Paley Center for Media
. In lieu of a collection of artifacts and memorabilia, the center houses mostly screening rooms and boasts two full-sized theaters. The Paley Center's library is home to more than 120,000 television shows, commercials and radio programs. The center's founders believe that many television and radio programs are significant works and should be preserved for future generations.
Address: 25 West 52nd St., New York, NY 10019 - MAP
Phone: (212) 621-6600
The Ukrainian Museum
was founded in 1976 and is the largest museum in the United States committed to collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting art and objects significant to the heritage of the Ukrainians. The museum organizes its holdings in three categories: an 8,000 piece folk art collection, a 2,000 piece fine art collection and archives stocked with over 30,000 items. The collections include festive and ritual clothing, textiles, ceramics, metalwork, decorative wood carvings, paintings, drawings, graphic works and sculptures. The archives contain photographs, documents, personal correspondence of noted individuals, playbills and posters.
Address: 222 East 6th St., New York, NY 10003 - MAP
Phone: (212) 228-0110
is a 28-acre estate committed to celebrating the artistry and legacy of its gardens and landscapes, and exploring human connection to the natural world. The estate includes a public garden, greenhouse and cultural center. Wave Hill's gardens include a perennial flower garden, the Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory, pergola and vistas of the Hudson River and the New Jersey Palisades, a wild garden, an aquatic and monocot garden, alpine house, 10 acres of woodland, beekeeping and more. The Wave Hill house has been rented by the likes of Theodore Roosevelt and Mark Twain.
Address: West 249th St. & Independence Ave., Bronx NY 10471 - MAP
Phone: (718) 549-3200
The Whitney Museum of American Art
, or "the Whitney," is an art museum focused on 20th and 21st century art. The permanent collection is comprised of over 18,000 works of art including paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, installation art, video and photography. Some of the artists featured are Louise Bourgeois, Dan Christensen, Franz Kline, Knox Martin, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, and hundreds of others.
Address: 945 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10021 - MAP
Phone: (212) 570-3600