New York City is lucky to be home to many of the best museums in the world and when traveling to New York we certainly suggest checking out atleast one of them! If you plan on seeing more than one consider a discount pass from NYC Museum Pass which saves you money on multiple museums.
For a printable version and map of this list please visit: http://www.nyctourist.com/nyc-most-popular-musuems-map
1. Museum of the City of New York - Where the past meets the future, this museum educates the public on New York’s distinctive character, diversity, charm, and perpetual opportunity.
2. Cooper- Hewitt, National Design Museum - A Smithsonian Institution, this is the only United States museum that is devoted to historical and contemporary design.
3. Guggenheim Museum - A famous art museum, the Guggenheim is permanent home to impressionist, post-impressionist, early modern and contemporary art, as well as rotating exhibits throughout the year.
4. Children's Museum - An interactive museum for children to play, learn, and explore.
5. Metropolitan Museum of Art - The largest art museum in the United States and one of the ten largest in the world, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is also home to the most significant art collections, with over 2 million pieces.
6. American Museum of Natural History - Located across the street from Central Park, this large museum has 27 connecting buildings and over 45 permanent exhibits of plants, animals, fossils, artifacts and more!
7. New York Historical Society - A museum and library, the New York Historical Society was the first museum in New York, founded in 1804.
8. Whitney Museum - Often called “the Whitney”, the museum is mainly focused on 20th and 21st century American Art.
9. MOMA - The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) is thought to be the most influential museum in the world for modern art, and continues to develop an amazing collection of modern artwork.
10. Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum - This military and maritime museum features many ships including the aircraft carrier the USS Intrepid, a Lockheed A-12, Concorde SST and the submarine USS Growler.
11. Madame Tussaud NY - Founded by wax sculptor Marie Tussaud, this tourist attraction features life like wax figures of historical and famous people.
12. Museum of Sex - With the mission “to preserve and present the history, evolution, and cultural significance of human sexuality...” this museum presents all exhibits in an educational format. Please note that guests must be 18 years or older.
13. Lower East Side Tenement Museum - This 5 story tenement building is said to have been home to over 7,000 people, from 20 different nations, between 1863 and 9135. It serves to promote tolerance and a historical perspective on the experience of immigrants in New York.
14. South Street Seaport Museum - A designated historic district, the South Street Seaport Museum is a collection of historical buildings and boats from the early 19h century that have been restored.
15. Ellis Island Immigration Museum - The nations busiest immigration station from 1892 until 1954, Ellis Island was the gateway for millions of immigrants coming to the United States. We suggest taking the New York Water Taxi Tour and checking out the Statue of Liberty as well.
16. Brooklyn Museum - The second largest museum in New York, the Brooklyn Museum holds approximately 1.5 million works of art.
17. Museum of the Moving Image - Educates on the art and history as well as the technique and technology of film, television, and digital media.
Come see why the New York City museums are some of the best in the world! Use this printable map and try and visit as many as you can!