Top Museums in New York City

Does New York have too many museums for you to go to? With domains going from art to science, design to memorials, there is a museum in New York City for nearly every intellectual curiosity. To assist you in finding your exact match, we’ve round up the very best institutions in New York City by type.

1- The Popular

Curved Theory(Photo by Cuellar)

Forget all the museums you have been to, the Big Apple has more than you could ask for, and most of them are ranked among the best in the world! From mesmerizing modern masterpieces to 13th century Folk art, your trip to any of these museums will likely be one of your most memorable moments in New York City.

The Museum of Modern Art                                                      Whitney Museum of American Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art                                            Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
American Museum of Natural History                                   Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Museum of the city of New York                                              New York City Hall of Science
New York Historical Society                                                      MoMA PS1
9/11 Memorial Museum                                                             The Museum of Moving Images
Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum                       The Museum of Arts and Design
Neue Galerie New York                                                              Bronx Museum of the Art
Queens Museum                                                                           New Museum
Ellis Island Museum

2- The Unusual and Unique

Obscura NYC(Photo by Billie Y.)

Even tough New York City is not the only city with museums for eccentric things, we definitely put a whole new twist on it. Don’t hesitate to include them in your must-see list, because believe it or not, you’ll observe things that will leave you astonished!

The Morbid Anatomy Museum                                                 Museum of the American Gangster
The Frick Collection                                                                     The Trash Museum
City Reliquary                                                                                Queens County Farm Museum
Coney Island Museum                                                                 The Earth Room
Obscura                                                                                           Mmuseumm

3- Kid-Friendly

MTA Museum NYC(Photo by MTA)

Are you trying to get your kids to like Picasso or Andy Warhol? Then, this city is the place to do it, but it also has a lot more to offer for your kids. New York City has amazing art experiences for children of all ages. If they are into music, math, science or technology; there are numerous options where they will get to interact with anything that arouses their curiosity.

Children’s Museum of the Arts
Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Toy Museum of NY
Museum of Mathematics
New York Transit Museum
Children’s Museum of Manhattan
Staten Island Museum
Sony Wonder Technology Lab

4- Cultural

Museum of African Art nyc(Photo from Flickr)

Want a dose of culture without having to travel through New York City? These museums will show you a side of the Big Apple that you probably didn’t know about. Or better yet, they will introduce you to the rich cultures of some of New York City boroughs.

Studio Museum
El Museo del Barrio
The African Center
The Jewish Museum
Louis Armstrong House Museum
The Museum of Biblical Art

5- Fun

Museum at FIT(Photo by Susan S.)

The most well-known New York City institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art or the Museum of Modern Art are big and will most likely be hard to see in one day. If you are looking for a less overwhelming experience, these are the museums that, despite being small, will keep you entertained while you learn about something you are actually interested in.

Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
Lower East Side Tenement Museum
The Museum at FIT
Museum of Sex
The Skyscraper Museum

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We hope this post will simplify your journey into New York City museums. What are your favorite museums in the Big Apple? Be sure to share them with us!



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