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Visit the Premier Museums in NYC

Visit the Premier Museums in NYC

The Best New York City Museums

New York City museums are known worldwide for their high-quality exhibits and permanent collections. Most NYC museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the eclectic Frick Collection, are located in Manhattan, on the stretch of Fifth Avenue between 82nd and 105th Streets known as "Museum Mile." Many museums in New York City are internationally renowned and regarded as one-of-a-kind. The Guggenheim Museum, for example, is an architectural landmark with a permanent collection of impressionist, post-impressionist, early modern, and contemporary art. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is located in Midtown and is often regarded as the most influential modern art museum in the world. Other NYC museums focus exclusively on nature and life sciences, design, culture, history, music, and even sports. There's even a group of children's museums in NYC!

Millions of visitors flock to New York City every year to look for inspiration, knowledge, and the rare chance to view the world's most important and influential works of art. For more information about New York City museums, continue reading below!

The Waldorf Astoria

The Waldorf Astoria

Good NY Hotels Close to NYC Museums

Many of the best hotels in NYC stand just steps away from New York City museums. Among these hotels are the following:

  • Waldorf Astoria NYC: A popular tourist destination for over 100 years, the Waldorf Astoria NYC is a 4.5-star luxury NYC hotel with an on-site restaurant and bar. It was here, at this legendary NYC hotel in Midtown Manhattan, that the first Waldorf salad was served and the first Rob Roy cocktail was poured.
  • Franklin Hotel NYC: Located on Manhattan's Upper East Side, just steps from Museum Mile, the 3.0-star Franklin Hotel NYC is a great NY hotel choice for those who plan to spend a good amount of time in NYC museums. This historic NYC hotel boasts a library, a business center, and a comfy lobby area where wine and cheese are served.

To find more hotels close to Museum Mile Manhattan, check out our New York City hotels page!

Visit The Most Popular Museums

Visit The Most Popular Museums

Popular New York City Museums

Want to get your fill of arts and culture in NYC? Go to a museum New York! Here's a brief list of top museums in NYC:

  • American Museum of Natural History: As the subject of the recent movie Night at the Museum, the American Museum of Natural History is one of the most famous museums in the world. Here you'll find massive dinosaur skeletons, historical artifacts, and stuffed mammals.
  • Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum: Housed in the landmark Andrew Carnegie Mansion on Fifth Avenue, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum features a vast collection of over 250,000 prints, textiles, wall coverings, and drawings, among other things.
  • Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum: At the Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum, you'll learn all about the history of the U.S. Military and NASA with fun, kid-friendly, hands-on exhibits that both educate and entertain.

How to Get into NYC Museums for Less!

For a more thorough list of NYC museums, check out our full list of Museums in New York City page! There is a museum in this city for everyone, whether you're looking for art, history, something to entertain the kids with or animals! If you want to see even more of NYC, be sure to check out the NYC Go Select Cards that cater to museum lovers! 

  • The NYC Museum Pass will save you 15% on three of the most popular museums in NYC - the Met, the Guggenheim and MoMA! Not only will you get into all three museums for one low price (15% lower than if you were to pay full price at the door) but you get to skip the door (and waiting in line) completely and head right to the good stuff! New York City museums can get pretty crowded, so bypass all the havoc and head on in!
  • For NYCTourists who are traveling with children, look into the NYC Museum Pass for Kids to save you 15% on the museums in NYC that the little ones will love! The American Museum of Natural History, Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, and BODIES...The Exhibition will all make an exciting first trip for any young NYC Tourist, and will keep them learning even when they're on vacation!
NYCTourist Travel Info
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Coach Overnight Tours

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$130.00 Details
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Ground Zero Museum Workshop

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$25.00 Details
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Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

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$26.09 Details
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Chaufferred Tours of the Big Apple

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$199.00 Details
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All Around Town Tour

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$49.00 Details
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Hop-On Hop-Off NYC Bus Tour

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$90.00 Details
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Stray Boots NYC

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$12.00 Details
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ArtMuse New York Art Tours

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Price
$70.00 Details
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Madame Tussauds Museum

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Price
$36.00 Details
10. Washington DC Day Trip

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$159.00 Details
Museums That Are Fun For The Whole Family

Museums That Are Fun For The Whole Family

Fun New York City Museums

Looking for fun things to do in New York with the whole family? Why not visit a museum New York! One of our favorite kid-friendly museums in NYC is the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. This museum offers exciting, highly interactive, professionally guided tours of the restored apartments of those immigrants who lived at 97 Orchard Street from 1869 to 1935. Tours are by appointment only, so book ahead!

Another fun NYC museum is the New York Transit Museum. This popular, kid-friendly NYC museum is the largest museum in the United States devoted exclusively to urban public transportation history. Antique turn styles, historic buses, and commemorative subway tokens are just a few of the things you'll find at this fun museum New York.

New York City Fire Museum

New York City Fire Museum

Other NYC Museums

If you've been to New York City before, no doubt you're already visited the famous NYC museums of Museum Mile. For your next trip, consider going to one of the following New York City museums. They stand as great alternatives to the fine arts museums of Manhattan.

  • New York City Fire Museum: The New York City Fire Museum is located in a renovated 1904 firehouse in Manhattan's SoHo district. Here you'll find all manner of fire-related art and artifacts, including modern-day firefighting equipment and an authentic New York fire apparatus from 1790.
  • New York City Police Museum: Founded in 2000, the New York City Police Museum displays an impressive collection of modern and old-fashioned police equipment, including the gun used by Al Capone's gang in the 1928 murder of Frankie Yale. This museum also features a moving tribute to those officers who lost their lives on September 11th.

 

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden

421 E 61st Street

New York, NY

Museum of Arts & Design

2 Columbus Circle

New York, NY

American Museum of Natural History

Central Park West at 79th Street

New York, NY 10024-5912

(212) 769-5100

American Museum of the Moving Image

35th Avenue and 36th Street

Astoria, NY

Americas Society Art Gallery

680 Park Avenue

New York, NY

Asia Society & Museum

725 Park Avenue

New York, NY

Bronx Museum of the Arts

1040 Grand Concourse

Bronx, NY

Brooklyn Museum

200 Eastern Parkway

Brooklyn, NY

Children's Museum of Manhattan

212 W 83rd Street

New York, NY

The Cloisters

Fort Tryon Park

New York, NY

Cooper-Hewitt National Museum of Design

2 E 91st Street

New York, NY

Ellis Island Immigration Museum

Ellis Island

New York, NY

El Museo del Barrio

1230 5th Avenue

New York, NY

The Equitable Gallery

787 Seventh Avenue

New York, NY

Forbes Magazine Galleries

62 Fifth Avenue

New York, NY

The Frick Collection

1 E 70th Street

New York, NY

Goethe House German Cultural Center

1014 Fifth Avenue

New York, NY

Guggenheim Museum

1071 Fifth Avenue

New York, NY

Harbor Defense Museum

Fort Hamilton

Brooklyn, NY

The Hispanic Society of America

613 W 155th Street

New York, NY

International Center of Photography

1133 Avenue of the Americas

New York, NY

Intrepid Sea/Air/Space Museum

Pier 86 on the Hudson River

New York, NY

Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum

32-37 Vernon Boulevard

Long Island City, NY

Japan Society

333 E. 47th Street

New York, NY

The Jewish Museum

1109 5th Avenue

New York, NY

Lower East Side Tenement Museum

90 Orchard Street

New York, NY

Metropolitan Museum of Art

1000 5th Avenue

New York, NY

The Municipal Art Society

457 Madison Avenue

New York, NY

Museum for African Art

36-01 43rd Avenue, 3rd Floor

Long Island City, Queens, NY 11101

Museum of American Financial History

28 Broadway

New York, NY

Museum of American Folk Art

2 Lincoln Square

New York, NY

Museum of Chinese in the Americas

70 Mulberry Street

New York, NY

Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

36 Battery Place

New York, NY

Museum of Modern Art

45-20 33rd Street

Long Island City, NY

Museum of Television and Radio

25 W 52nd Street

New York, NY

Museum of the City of New York

1220 5th Avenue

New York, NY

National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts

1083 5th Avenue

New York, NY

National Museum of the American Indian

1 Bowling Green

New York, NY

New Museum of Contemporary Art

583 Broadway

New York, NY

New York City Fire Museum

278 Spring Street

New York, NY

New York City Police Museum

25 Broadway, 2nd Floor

New York, NY

New York Hall of Science

47-01 111th Street

New York, NY

New York Historical Society

2 West 77th Street

New York, NY

New York Transit Museum

Grand Central Terminal Annex

Brooklyn, NY (closed for renovations to 2003)

P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center

22-25 Jackson Avenue

Long Island City, NY

Queens Museum of Art

New York City Building

Queens, NY

Queens Museum of Art

Flushing Meadows

Queens, NY

South Street Seaport Museum

207 Front Street

New York, NY

The Studio Museum in Harlem

144 W 125th Street

New York, NY

Taipei Gallery

1221 Avenue of the Americas

New York, NY

The Morgan Library

29 E 36th Street

New York, NY

Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace

28 E 20th Street

New York, NY

Whitney Museum at Philip Morris

120 Park Avenue

New York, NY

Whitney Museum of American Art

945 Madison Avenue

New York, NY