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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.
Museum of Jewish Heritage
Museum of Jewish Heritage

(646) 437-4202

36 Battery Place
New York, NY 10004   Directions

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Pay your respects to those who lost their lives during one of the most devastating and deplorable assaults on humanity at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. The museum was created as a living memorial to the Holocaust, designed to symbolically represent the Star of David and the six million Jews who lost their lives during that horrific time. The museum's permanent exhibits include The War Against the Jews, an exhibit on the Holocaust and Jewish Life a Century Ago and Jewish Renewal; both exhibits explore Jewish culture.

Museum of Modern Art
Museum of Modern Art

(212) 708-9400

11 W 53 St
New York, NY 10019   Directions

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See renown works like The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh, Les Demoiselles d'Avignon by Pablo Picasso, and Water Lilies by Claude Monet as you explore the galleries of the famed Museum of Modern Art. Along with these masterpieces, the permanent collection includes pieces from classical antiquity and Ancient Egypt, paintings and sculptures from many of the European masters and a vast collection of American and modern art, among many other items.

Museum of the City of New York
Museum of the City of New York

(212) 534-1672

1220 5th Ave
New York, NY 10029   Directions

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Tour the history of the city and explore the exhibits and attractions at the Museum of the City of New York. The museum was founded in 1923 to showcase the history of New York City, and is home to art in various medias like paintings, drawings, prints and photographs featuring the city and its residents. Other pieces of the collection include costumes, decorative objects and furniture, toys, rare books and manuscripts, marine and military artifacts, police and fire artifacts and items documenting the golden age of Broadway theater.

Museum of the Moving Image
Museum of the Moving Image

(718) 777-6800

3601 35th Ave
Astoria, NY 11106   Directions

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If you want a closer look at the world of film making, look no further than the Museum of the Moving Image. This media museum uses its collection of the art, history, technique and technology of film, television and digital media to expand public understanding and appreciation of film making. Over 130,000 objects, including licensed merchandise, technical apparatus, still photographs, production design material, costumes, fan magazines, publicity materials and video and computer games, can be found on display here.

National Museum of the American Indian
National Museum of the American Indian

(212) 514-3700

1 Bowling Green
New York, NY 10004   Directions

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Take a look back at Native American history and culture at the National Museum of the American Indian. This museum boasts a collection that is comprised of over 800,000 objects and a photo archive of 125,000 images that detail the lives of the Native American peoples. The objects showcased include works of aesthetic, religious and historical significance and articles used for everyday use.

New Museum
New Museum

(212) 219-1222

235 Bowery
New York, NY 10002   Directions

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Take a tour of contemporary art from around the world at the New Museum. The museum features works by artists from Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, China, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Germany, Poland, Spain, South Africa, Turkey, and the United Kingdom, among others. The New Museum is widely respected for its curatorial program and has become a primary resort for new art and ideas.

New York City Fire Museum
New York City Fire Museum

(212) 691-1303

278 Spring St
New York, NY 10013   Directions

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Celebrate our everyday heroes at the New York City Fire Museum. This museum details the history of firefighting and houses one of the nation's most important collections of fire-related art and artifacts. The museum is located in a renovated fire house that has been around since 1904. Painted leather buckets, helmets, parade hats and belts, lanterns and tools, pre-Civil War hand pumped fire engines, horse drawn vehicles and early motorized devices are a few items in the museum's collection.

New York Historical Society
New York Historical Society

(212) 873-3400

170 Central Park W
New York, NY 10024   Directions

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Discover a treasure trove of NYC information at the New York Historical Society. This education and research institution presents exhibitions and public programs on the city's history and influence on the modern world. The museum houses four centuries of artifacts and artwork that tell the story of America from New York's perspective. Some of the objects on display include all 435 of John James Audubon's watercolors preparatory for Birds of America and the largest known collection of Tiffany lamps.

New York Transit Museum
New York Transit Museum

(212) 878-0106

Boerum Pl & Schermerhorn St
Brooklyn, NY 11201   Directions

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NYC is known for its public transportation system, and the New York Transit Museum offers full details on how this storied system came to be. Exhibits include explanations of labor involved in subway operations, the methods of travel used by New Yorkers, the construction of the Triborough Bridge, the old process of revenue collection, history of the city's street transport and more. Memorabilia and exhibits include old signs, station artwork, models and dioramas of the subway, two working subway tracks, preserved subway cars, a working signal tower and other equipment.

Nicholas Roerich Museum
Nicholas Roerich Museum

(212) 864-7752

319 W 107th St
New York, NY 10025   Directions

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The Nicholas Roerich Museum is dedicated to the works of Russian-born artist, Nicholas Roerich. His work focused on nature scenes from the Himalayas and there are rumored to be thousands of Roerich paintings around the world. His paintings explore the "mythic origins, the natural beauty, and the spiritual strivings of humanity and of the world." The museum is home to between 100 and 200 of Roerich's paintings as well as a collection of archival materials. People from all around the world visit New York to see the work of Roerich.

Queens Historical Society
Queens Historical Society

(718) 939-0647

14335 37th Ave
Flushing, NY 11354   Directions

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The Queens Historical Society was founded in 1968 and is the only museum about Queens' history within the borough. The society's main project is the preservation of history and designation of the borough's landmarks. Through educational programs, exhibitions, lectures, newsletters and presentations relating to Queens, the society covers all chapters of the borough's history for its community and visitors.

Queens Museum of Art
Queens Museum of Art

(718) 592-9700

New York City Building
Queens, NY   Directions

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Enjoy the collection at the Queens Museum of Art. The collection here includes about 10,000 objects, featuring works by Salvador Dali, Mark Dion, and Andrew Moore. Other fascinating features include photographs from the 1964 World's Fair Kodak Pavilion, Daily News Archive 1920s-1960s crime scene photographs, and a famous Panorama of the City of New York.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

(212) 423-3575

1071 5th Ave
New York, NY 10128   Directions

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Enjoy the exhibits and attractions at the famous Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. The museum is an architectural icon and an esteemed host of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, early Modern and contemporary art. The institution presents special exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, lectures by artists and critics, performances and film screenings, classes for adults and teens, and tours of the galleries led by expert guides.

South Street Seaport Museum
South Street Seaport Museum

(212) 748-8600

12 Fulton St
New York, NY 10038   Directions

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South Street Seaport Museum was founded in 1967 as part of a 12 square-block historic district that is the site of the original port of New York City. As one of several museums that together frame "America's National Maritime Museum," it houses exhibition galleries, a working 19th century print shop, an archeology museum, a maritime library, a craft center, a marine life conservation lab and the largest fleet of historic ships in the nation.

Staten Island Museum
Staten Island Museum

(718) 727-1135

75 Stuyvesant Pl
Staten Island, NY 10301   Directions

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The Staten Island Museum offers the perfect presentation of exhibitions that feature natural sciences, fine art and history. When you visit the museum, you'll be able to explore a collection of over 500,000 botanical, biological, anthropological and mineral specimens. As you stroll through the island's oldest cultural institution, you'll also find an art collection that includes works that span prehistory to the modern period. The historical collections and library on site include maps, atlases, early films, audio recordings, photos and archival documents that date back to the 17th century. If you enjoy history and the arts, this museum is a must-see.

Studio Museum Harlem
Studio Museum Harlem

(212) 864-4500

144 W 125th St
New York, NY 10027   Directions

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Art lovers and those who appreciate African American heritage will enjoy the works at Studio Museum Harlem. This museum boasts a collection of contemporary art by talented African American artists throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. The museum's permanent collection has over 1,600 works of art in the forms of drawings, pastels, prints, photographs, mixed-media works and installations.

Tenement National Historic Site
Tenement National Historic Site

(212) 982-8420

103 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002   Directions

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The Lower East Side Tenement National Historic Site is a five-story brick apartment building that was home to an estimated 7,000 people, from over 20 countries, between 1863 and 1935. Now a National Historic Landmark, the museum offers tours of restored apartments that paint a picture of the life of an immigrant. The Tenement Museum promotes tolerance and historical perspective on the immigrant experience.

The Children's Museum of Manhattan
The Children's Museum of Manhattan

(212) 721-1223

212 W 83rd St
New York, NY 10024   Directions

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From creativity to world culture, art and science, The Children's Museum of Manhattan has plenty of entertaining exhibits and attractions to occupy and educate its pint-sized visitors. Some of the more interesting exhibitions have included the Art of Andy Warhol, Body Odyssey, and Oh, Suess! Off to Great Places.

The Drawing Center
The Drawing Center

(212) 219-2166

35 Wooster St
New York, NY 10013   Directions

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The Drawing Center is a museum that offers nonprofit exhibition space to focus solely on the exposition of drawings, both historical and contemporary. The Center has presented more than 230 exhibitions and has published over 85 catalogs. The New York Times has called the gallery "one of the city's most highly respected small art museums."

The Jewish Museum of New York
The Jewish Museum of New York

(212) 423-3333

1109 5th Ave at 92nd St
New York, NY 10128   Directions

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The Jewish Museum of New York is the leading Jewish museum in the United States. The museum's acquisitions total over 26,000 objects including paintings, sculpture, archaeological artifacts and others, making it the largest collection of Jewish art and culture outside of Israel. The artifacts focus on Jewish history and modern and contemporary art. The museum's permanent exhibit, Culture and Continuity: The Jewish Journey, is enhanced by rotating exhibitions and special expositions.

The Met Cloisters
The Met Cloisters

(212) 923-3700

99 Margaret Corbin Dr
New York, NY 10040   Directions

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No trip to the Met is complete without seeing The Cloisters exhibition. The Cloisters is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art located in Fort Tryon Park and presents art works and architecture from Medieval Europe. The collection at The Cloisters is comprised of about five thousand European medieval works of art, mostly created between the 12th and 15th centuries. Other artifacts and attractions include tapestries, the Cloisters Cross, medieval manuscripts and illuminated books. The landscaping surrounding The Cloisters includes gardens planted according to horticultural information from medieval manuscripts and artifacts.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

(212) 535-7710

1000 5th Ave
New York, NY 10028   Directions

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art, or "The Met" is located on the east side of Central Park along Museum Mile in NYC. The museum is home to more than two million works of art, divided among 19 curatorial departments. The permanent collection includes pieces from classical antiquity and Ancient Egypt, paintings and sculptures from many of the European masters and a vast collection of American and modern art. Other holdings at the museum are encyclopedic collections of musical instruments, costumes and accessories and antique weapons and armor from around the world. Different styles of interiors, ranging from 1st century Rome to modern American design, are permanent fixtures at the Met.

The Morgan Library and Museum
The Morgan Library and Museum

(212) 685-0008

225 Madison Ave at 36th St
New York, NY 10016   Directions

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The Morgan Library and Museum is a complex of buildings that serve as a museum and research center. The collection includes manuscripts, books, prints and drawings. Some of the works featured were created by artists like Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, Rembrandt, and Picasso. Other gems in the collection are: a Charles Dickens manuscript of A Christmas Carol; a journal by Henry David Thoreau; scores from Beethoven, Chopin, and Mozart's Haffner Symphony in D Major; and manuscripts of Charlotte Brontë, and nine of Sir Walter Scott's novels, including Ivanhoe.

The Museum at FIT
The Museum at FIT

(212) 217-4558

7th Ave at 27th St
New York, NY 10001   Directions

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Fashionistas will enjoy exploring The Museum at FIT, home to important collections of clothing, textiles and accessories. The museum's exhibits explore 250 years of fashion history through expositions like London Fashion, The Corset:Fashioning the Body, and Gothic: Dark Glamour. The main floor of the museum features the only permanent fashion history exhibit in the nation, The Fashion and Textile History Gallery. The gallery is changed every six months and features a rotating selection of about 200 historically significant pieces from the museum's collection.

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