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Must-See NYC Museums

New York City is one of the worlds greatest museum cities.  There are hundreds of museums ranging from house tours of famous New Yorkers to the biggest and the best in the world.  There’s museums for every taste: Art of all types, entertainment, science, cultural, even a museum of sex.  And, of course, there’s a museum that we wish that we didn’t have to have, the National 9/11 Memorial. Let’s look at a few favorite NYC museums.

September 11 Memorial & Museum

Most heart rendering of the NYC museums, the September 11 Memorial

Most heart rendering of the NYC museums, the September 11 Memorial

Location: Lower Manhattan

Ages: 10 and over

Cost: self-guided  Memorial admission is free, guided tours are available for a fee. Museum admission is $15-$24.  Advance purchase is strongly suggested online.
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Description: The September 11 Memorial is an 8-acre memorial including the names of all who died in the terrorist attacks of February 26, 1993, and September 11, 2001.  Their names are inscribed in bronze around the twin memorial pools.  Visit The Survivor Tree, a Callbury Pear that was severely damaged in the blast, yet recovered and stands as a living reminder of resilience, survival, and rebirth. The September 11 Museum is a 110,000 square foot museum within the actual wreckage of the World Trade Center presenting archives, narratives and a collection of monumental and authentic artifacts.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Location: Upper Manhattan

Ages: All ages. Plan ahead for Special programs for children as the may tire quickly wandering the floors.

Cost:$14-$28
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Description: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, known to the art world as The Met is the second most visited art museum in the world, edged out slightly by The Louvre in France.    With over 2 million works spread out over several locations, there’s something for everyone.

American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History

Location: Upper West Side of Manhattan

Ages: All.  Hey, it’s got dinosaurs.  Kids will love it.

Cost: Pay what you want for general admission.  Suggested Children $12.50, Adults $22, Students and Seniors $17.  Special programs are extra.

Description: This is one of the largest NYC museums.  Plan on a whole day or more just to browse the exhibits 28 buildings and 45 exhibit halls and at least another half day at the Hayden Planetarium.

MoMA The Museum of Modern Art

Museum of Modern Art

Museum of Modern Art

Location: Midtown Manhattan

Ages: All ages. Plan ahead for Special programs for children as the may tire quickly wandering the floors.

Cost: Children 16 and under free, Adults $25, Students $14, Seniors $18
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Description: As its name implies, MoMA specializes in modernist art with an enormous collection of some of the greatest avant-garde paintings in the world.  Founded as “a place for Modern art to come and go”, museum curators found that some modern art just didn’t go away.  Check out masterpieces like Vincent VanGogh” The Starry Night, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon by Picasso, Andy Warhol’s  Campbell’s Soup Cans, and more famous pieces from Dali to Matisse and more.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Location: East Side near Manhattan

Ages: All ages. Plan ahead for Special programs for children as the may tire quickly wandering the floors.

Cost: Children under 12 free, Adults $25, Students and Seniors $18
With the New York Pass you can visit almost every New York museum for free!

Description: The Guggenheim museum building is as interesting as the exhibits inside.  Designed by Frank Loyd Wright, it’s a series of cylinders that get wider as they go up.  Exhibits inside are as interesting as the architecture with special emphasis on Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, early Modern and contemporary art.

Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum

Aerial view of the museum from the Hudson River

Aerial view of the museum from the Hudson River

Location: Hudson River on the West Side of Manhattan

Ages: All

Cost: Children $24, Adults $33, Seniors $3
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Description: The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum showcases military technology through some of the greatest ships, planes, and spacecraft ever built.  The Intrepid is a restored WWII aircraft carrier.  Tour the flight deck and below for great displays of military history.  Then tour the guided missile submarine Growler that is tied up alongside.  Along the way, check out the retired British Airways Concorde that still holds the record for fastest Atlantic crossing by a passenger plane.  And if that’s not fast enough, check out the Space Shuttle Enterprise, the first orbiter of the Space Shuttle program.

Museum of the City of New York

Location: Upper East Side of Manhattan, across from Central Park

Ages: All

Cost: Children free, Adults $18, Seniors and Students $12
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Description: The name says it all.  This museum explains why New Yorkers are as they are.

Walk the Museum Mile for More NYC Museums

One section of Fifth Avenue, from 82nd to 105th streets on theEast Side, is packed with museums.  There’s 9 major NYC museums in a bit more than a mile.  Start at one end in the morning and walk until dark, and then some.  That’s actually not right, because any of these museums could take a day or more by themselves.  Check it out, here’s the list of NYC museums on museum mile:

  • 110th Street – Museum for African Art
  • 105th Street – El Museo del Barrio
  • 103rd Street – Museum of the City of New York
  • 92nd Street – The Jewish Museum
  • 91st Street – Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum (part of the Smithsonian Institution)
  • 89th Street – National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts
  • 88th Street – Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
  • 86th Street – Neue Galerie New York
  • 82nd Street – The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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