Museums in NYC

As everything else in New York City, the museums are also unique and innovative. A visit in one of the museums listed below is a must and can be more appealing when the weather is challenging to be outside.

The museums listed below are mostly of science and history and the full list of art museums can be found in this post.

Founded in 1988 by Ruth Abram and Anita Jacobsen, the museum reserves and explores the immigration and migration experience through the true stories of the families who migrated from all over the world and lived in the Lower East Side between the 1860s and 1930s.

A guided tour at the restored tenement buildings, which were the home to more than 15,000 people from 20 countries, will review the complexity of the American story of immigration, from the living conditions to the constant search for identity.

The museum also offers special family tours, neighborhood walking tours, Tenement talks and the late-night Thursday experiences.

Open Daily 10 AM – 6:30 PM, Thursdays till 8:30.
For more information check the museum’s website.

American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West & 79th St, New York, NY 10024.

Founded in 1869, the American Museum of Natural History is the world’s largest natural history museum, housing a collection of more than 34 million specimens – from fossils, plants, rocks, and meteorites to human remains and cultural artifacts.

It is the home to one of the most famous and rare collections of dinosaur fossils and bones, presented as full skeletons.

The planetarium and the 45 exhibition halls showcasing scientific findings of the natural world and the human culture as well as the universe. Special events include lectures, game nights and sleepovers.

Open – daily 10 AM – 5:45 PM, Admission is always pay as you wish except for special exhibitions.
For more information check the museum’s website.

Museum of the City of New York
1220 5th Ave, New York, NY 10029.

Founded in 1923, the museum presents the history of NYC, from its days as New Amsterdam to the multicultural metropolis it is today.

Located on 5th Ave and facing Central Park, the MCNY is housing a collection of more than million items, including paintings, photographs, prints, drawings, costumes, and toys, all associated with the Big Apple, its residents and key events that happened in the city.

There are also dioramas of the city, documentation of Broadway theater golden age, as well as rare items, such as a chair belonged to Sarah Rapelje – the first child born in New York State.

Every few months exhibitions are changing, focusing on a different group of people, different events and other interesting subjects. There are also special events as curator-led tours, film screenings, and trivia nights.

Open – daily 10 AM – 6 PM.
For more information check the museum’s website.

The New-York Historical Society Museum & Library is considered the first museum in NYC, founded in 1804.

The museum is holding a collection of more than 1.6 million objects and artifacts, from the 18th century to the present day, among them are historic objects, such as George Washington’s camp bed from Valley Forge, Tiffany lamps and artworks of famous artists such as Gilbert Stuart, Malvina Hoffman, Rembrandt Peale, and Anna Hyatt Huntington.

The museum is home to the Center for Women’s History which is dedicated to the life and legacies of women of all classes, races, and sexualities that shaped American society.

The Museum offers daily free museum tours at 2 and 3:30 PM as well as occasional special events include lectures, trivia nights and after-hours tours.

Open Tuesday – Saturday 10 AM – 6 PM, Sunday 11 AM – 5 PM, Friday 6 – 8 PM is also pay as you wish time.
For more information check the museum’s website.


Located at the former location of the Twin Towers, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum is commemorating the 9/11 attacks and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the people who were killed in those attacks as well as those who risked their own lives to save others.

The memorial consists of a field of trees with two reflecting pools that arise from the footprints of the Twin Towers. The names of the 2,983 victims are inscribed on bronze barriers surrounding the pools.

The museum showcases the days before, during and after the 9/11 attack as well as the impact and ramifications through a collection of images, artifacts, films, and oral recordings. An extra fee for guided tours in the museum and memorial.

Museum is open – Sunday – Thursday 9 AM – 8 PM, Friday – Saturday 9 AM – 9 PM, last entry is 2 hours before closing. Free admission on Tuesdays since 5 PM.
Memorial is open daily 7:30 AM – 9 PM.
For more information check the museum’s website.

The UN organization is a symbol of peace to people all over the world since it was founded in 1952.

The Headquarters visitor’s center provides a historical background of the organization and its structure as well as a glimpse behind the scenes of current diplomatic events.

In a 1-hour tour, you’ll visit the General Assembly Hall, the Security Council Chamber, the Trusteeship Council Chamber, and the Economic and Social Council Chamber.

In the courtyard and public places, you’ll view the various artwork exhibits. During summer time there is an option to tour the garden at the North Lawn, where you’ll see the iconic cherry trees and the “George and the Dragon” statue.

Open daily 9:00 AM – 4:45 PM, guided tours are Monday – Friday
For more information check the museum’s website.

National Museum of Mathematics
11 East 26th Street, New York, NY 10010.

MoMath (National Museum of Mathematics) is the only museum in North America dedicated only to mathematics.

Featuring more than 30 interactive exhibits that demonstrate the mathematical patterns that exist in the world, and their connection to everyday life, from nature and science to art and music. Special events include Family Fridays, Puzzle Parties, and math games evenings.

Open daily, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
For more information check the museum’s website.