Museums
in New York City, NY (showing 1 - 12 out of 63)

Did you know that there are approximately 850 million visits to museums every year in America? They contribute $50 billion to the U.S. economy each year. If you think about how marvelous museums are, these numbers make sense. Museums can transport you to old worlds, future worlds, worlds you never thought you could be a part of.

If you’re looking to add some of those unknown worlds to your day, check out our list of museums in the area. They are all within driving distance and offer a variety of topics that will enchant every member of the family.

Alice Austen House

2 Hylan Blvd
Staten Island, NY 10305   Directions

(718) 816-4506

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While exploring Staten Island, stop at the Alice Austen House for a unique museum experience. The Dutch Colonial style home, often referred to as Clear Comfort, was built between 1690 and 1750, and belonged to photographer Alice Austen until 1945. The home now houses a museum featuring work from Austen and other photographers. The Austen House also offers etiquette classes, art camps and small concerts.

American Folk Art Museum

2 Lincoln Sq
New York, NY 10023   Directions

(212) 265-1040

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Browse the arts housed at the American Folk Art Museum. The museum features diverse artworks from 20th and 21st century artists. Over 500 works and more than 5,000 objects comprise the collection, including works like Archangel Gabriel Weathervane and Ammi Phillips' masterpiece, Girl in Red Dress with Cat and Dog (1830–1835). Even the building itself is a work of art; the World Architecture Awards named it the Best Building in the World, Best Public/Cultural Building in the World and Best North American Building.

American Museum of Natural History

Central Park W at 79th St
New York, NY 10024   Directions

(212) 769-5100

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Explore the exhibits and attractions at one of the world's largest museums, the American Museum of Natural History. The museum is home to over 32 million artifacts, and the various exhibitions are encompassed within 25 buildings, including 46 permanent exhibit halls. The kids will love learning about the secret lives of dinosaurs, the mysteries of space, the wonders of the human body and much more.

American Numismatic Society

75 Varick St
New York, NY 10013   Directions

(212) 571-4470

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Money talks at the American Numismatic Society, where you can learn everything you need to know about coins, currency, medals, and tokens from all cultures, past and present. The society's collection is comprised of over 800,000 objects from a variety of cultures and time periods. The ANS has a permanent exhibit featured at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York called Drachmas Doubloons and Dollars: The History of Money. The American Numismatic Society is the foremost institution of its kind in the nation.

Asia Society

725 Park Ave
New York, NY 10021   Directions

(212) 288-6400

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Learn about Asian culture with some help from the Asia Society. The society was founded by John D. Rockefeller III to help strengthen relationships among the citizens, leaders and institutions of the United States and Asia, and is focused on educating the world about Asia. The museum showcases traditional and contemporary works from over 30 Asian-Pacific countries. Hindu and Buddhist statuary temple carvings, Chinese ceramics and Japanese paintings are all featured at the museum. Exhibitions change several times a year presenting art, performance, film, lectures and programs to visitors, students and teachers.

Bronx Museum of the Arts

1040 Grand Concourse at 165th St
Bronx, NY 10456   Directions

(718) 681-6000

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Get an eyeful of art at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, considered to be the "flagship cultural institution of the Bronx." The museum was founded in 1971 and features contemporary and 20th century artwork created by culturally diverse, American artists. There are more than 800 paintings, sculptures, photographs and works on paper in the museum's permanent collection.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

1000 Washington Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11225   Directions

(718) 623-7200

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Stroll through the gardens of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden to see over 10,000 species of plant life thriving in the city. The BBG sprawls over 52 acres near the Prospect Heights, Crown Heights and Park Slope neighborhoods. The garden is occupied by the Steinhardt Conservatory where the C.V. Starr Bonsai Museum is located. The conservatory features three climate-themed plant pavilions, a white cast-iron and glass aquatic plant house and an art gallery. Fans of flora and fauna will appreciate the attractions in bloom here.

Brooklyn Children's Museum

145 Brooklyn Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11213   Directions

(718) 735-4400

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The kids will love exploring the interactive exhibits and attractions at the Brooklyn Children's Museum. There are over 30,000 artifacts housed in the museum, including interesting natural science items such as minerals, fossils, and preserved creatures like mammals and birds. There's much to learn at this fascinating and engaging museum.

Brooklyn Museum

200 Eastern Pkwy
Brooklyn, NY 11238   Directions

(718) 638-5000

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Browse the extensive collection at the city's second-largest art museum, the Brooklyn Museum. The permanent collection is comprised of over one-and-a-half million objects, showcasing culturally diverse works from ancient Egyptian masterpieces to contemporary arts, 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th century paintings and sculptures. Patrick Kelly, Chuck Close, Denis Peterson, Takashi Murakami, Mat Benote, Jim Dine, Sylvia Sleigh and William Wegman are just a few artists that have work featured here.

Children's Museum of the Arts

103 Charlton St
New York, NY 10014   Directions

(212) 941-9198

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Take a look at some art that the kids will appreciate at the Children's Museum of the Arts. Over 2,000 paintings and drawings have been amassed from all over the globe to complete the museum's collection. The museum is also home to 19 rare pieces created by children during the 1938 Works Progress Administration Children's Art Project under President Roosevelt. These pieces showcase New York City's style, architecture and landmarks of the 1930's as only a child would see them.

Cooper-Hewitt Museum

2 E 91st St
New York, NY 10017   Directions

(212) 849-8400

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Architects will appreciate the exhibits at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. The museum is housed in the former Andrew Carnegie Mansion and features exhibits and artifacts that showcase design history, along with contemporary design. The collection is showcased in four departments: Product Design and Decorative Arts; Drawings, Prints and Graphic Design; Textiles, and Wallcoverings.

Dia Art Foundation

535 W 22nd St
New York, NY 10011   Directions

(212) 989-5566

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Explore the art collection of the Dia Art Foundation, an organization that specializes in preserving art projects. As you stroll through the galleries you'll find that most of the works were created by artists of the 60s and 70s; most of the works are large-scale installations, paintings and sculptures.

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