New York City’s most popular museums are the Met, MoMA and the Museum of Natural History. Along with these world-class museums, there are many other high quality museums such as the Guggenheim and the Frick. Along with the traditional museums, New York City also has many an Orthodox museums such as the Museum of firefighters, the Museum of sex and so much more.
New York city has so been museums that portion of New York City’s Fifth Avenue is known as Museum Mile. During the annual Museum Mile Festival, in mid-June, Fifth Ave. stages various interactive exhibits and events while keeping the museums open until late at night.
The following are some of New York City’s top museums. Keep in mind that many of the top museums, including the Met are closed on Monday. The MoMA is closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
| American Museum of Natural History |
The American Museum of Natural History is one of the largest museums in the United States and the country's largest natural history museum. Located just across from Central Park in Manhattan, the museum is one of the largest and most celebrated museums in the world. The museum can easily take an entire day to see, and features exhibits on animals, marine life, dinosaurs, fossils, meteorites, minerals, gemstones, native peoples, birds, and rain forests. It is one of the city's largest and most visited museums.
| Ellis Island |
Ellis Island was at one time, the main immigration port for immigrants entering the United States from 1892 to 1954. More than 20 million people passed through here before the island was abandoned. At some point, nearly 50% of all immigrants to the United States passed thought Ellis Island. Of these 20 million, only about two percent were denied admission to the U.S. and sent back to their countries of origin for reasons such as chronic disease.
| Guggenheim Museum |
The Guggenheim Museum is one of New York's best-known contemporary art museums. Officially known as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the museum is one of the most famous and most distinctive museums in NYC. The Guggenheim Museum is known for its unique and spectacular shape. This spiral structure, designed by the renowned American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright was inaugurated in 1959.
| Metropolitan Museum of Art (The MET) |
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, often referred to simply as "the MET", is one of the world's largest and most important art museums. Established in 1870, the NYC Metropolitan Museum of Art offers one of the most comprehensive collections of art from earliest antiquity to current era. The MET Museum has 2 million works spanning 5,000 years in its vast collections. The collections at the MET Museum are often compared to grand collections found in European museums, particularly those in London and Paris.
| Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) |
The Museum of Modern Art, or MoMA as it is commonly known, is considered as one of the most influential museums of modern art in the world. Collections in MoMA feature modern and contemporary art, which includes architecture and design, drawings, sculpture, photography, paintings, film and electronic media. It is located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan on 53rd Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, right next to the Rockefeller Center.
| National September 11 Memorial & Museum |
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is a memorial created as a tribute to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 at the World Trade. The Memorial is located at the site of the former World Trade Center complex, and occupies approximately half of the 16-acre site.