United Nations Headquarters

The United Nations has served as a beacon of hope and peace for over 60 years. Every year over 1 million people come to the United Nations’ visitor center. The UN offers various exhibits and displays and visitors have many opportunities to tour the facility and learn more about the organization. Both audio tours and guided tours are available. Groups are welcome to tour the UN. This is perhaps the most culturally diverse location and organization in the world.

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At the New York Historical Society Museum and Library, visitors can learn about American culture through the nearly 40,000 works of art and artifacts that span four centuries. The permanent collection encompasses decorative arts, drawings, historical artifacts, paintings, and sculpture. The Underground Railroad Collection, landscape paintings from the Hudson River School, the folk art of Elie Nademan, and American Board and Table Games are just a few of the museum’s special collections.

The museum offers family programs, audio and video presentations, lectures, performances, and gallery and walking tours. Visit the newly renovated facility and discover why this is museum for learners of all ages.

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New Museum, New York

Founded in 1977, the mission of the New Museum is to serve as a destination for new art and new ideas from around the world. The focus is on emerging international artists, and, as such, the museum has shown early works of a number of prominent contemporary artists, among them Jeff Koons, Keith Haring, David Hammons, and Bill Jensen. In 2007, the New Museum announced an exciting international partnership with museums in Korea, Mexico, Egypt and The Netherlands. A dedicated space in New Museum’s facility showcases what is happening in contemporary art around the world.

Also in 2007, the New Museum opened its first freestanding, dedicated building that provided more open and light-filled exhibition space. Free docent-led tours acquaint visitors with the artwork on display and the architecture of the building. Group tours, either led by museum staff or self-guided, must be scheduled a minimum of three weeks in advance.

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Museum of the International Center of Photography
Located in midtown Manhattan, the Museum of the International Center of Photography chronicles the photographic medium through its exhibitions of historic and contemporary work. The collection of over 100,000 photographs contains daguerrotypes, gelatin silver, and digital chromogenic prints. The museum houses an outstanding collection of American and European documentary photography from the 1930s through the 1960s.

Tours conducted by ICP staff and self-guided gallery tours are available.

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The mission of the Museum of Arts & Design is to explore the relationship between contemporary art, design, and craft. Objects in its collection are created with a variety of materials including wood, enamel, synthetics, glass, fiber, metal, clay, stones and gems, and mixed media. Touring the galleries, visitors are treated to stunning pieces of art: weaving, jewelry, ceramics, furniture, wearable art, quilts, vessels, goblets, beadwork, and the like.
In 2008, MAD moved to its new location at Columbus Circle thereby tripling its exhibition space. An Open Studios program affords visitors a view of artists at work. Cinemas, talks, special performances and programs are held in the new 144-seat theater. Summer programs and workshops for school groups are available. MAD offers free museum tours and accommodations for group visits.

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The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) is called “the most fashionable museum in New York City.” The Museum’s mission “is to collect, conserve, document, exhibit, and interpret fashion.” It does so through carefully designed exhibits, creative programs, interesting publications and an extensive permanent collection of accessories, costume, textile and photographic archives. Today, there are over 50,000 garments in the museum’s collection, which range from the 18th through to the 21st centuries.

Special group tours, which must be booked in advance, are available for the various collections and exhibits. Get in step with the trends of the past and understand fashion as it relates to your life today.

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The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is a true arts complex, offering performances in a range of disciplines including music, dance and theatre. The Center, which is also a rich resource for theatre historians, offers daily tours that include special group rates. Go behind the scenes and into the spaces that have been occupied by some of the greatest performers and artists on the earth. Each daily tour offers something different as you might end up sitting in on a rehearsal, seeing a star or stand on a stage where Baryshnikov danced or Pavarotti sang.

Lincoln Center also provides two specialized tours. The Art and Architecture tour introduces patrons to the amazingly rich art collection housed at the Center and the Jazz at Lincoln Center tour is devoted to investigating this definitive American art form.

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The Whitney Museum is a leading collector, curator and exhibitor of 20th and 21st century art by American artists. The collection contains over 18,000 pieces and the works of more than 2,600 artists and includes paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, films, videos, and new media. With an eclectic vision and a singular dedication to preserving diverse artistic sensibilities, the Whitney Museum continues to be one of the most important venues for American art. There are various types of tours available, including daily, group, stroller and family. The museum also offers a live performance series and special programs and resources for teens and children.

 

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St. Johns CathedralThe Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine is the seat of the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New York. The cathedral was designed in 1888 and construction began in 1892. It is still unfinished.  Magnificent architecture and beautiful stained glass windows define this Gothic Revival cathedral, the nave of which exceeds the length of two football fields. The 162-foot dome could house the Statue of Liberty. The Cathedral’s Great Rose Widow, made of more than 10,000 pieces of glass, is the largest stained-glass window in the United States.

 

There are various public tours, including a Vertical Tour that takes visitors up 124 feet for spectacular views of the cathedral and New York City. In many different ways, the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine is awe-inspiring.

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Museum of the Moving ImageFamily friendly, educational and just plain fascinating, the Museum of the Moving Image offers exhibitions, films and special collections. Both film and television are highlighted in this interactive facility devoted to the millions of moving images that have captured our imaginations, invigorated our emotions and inspired our lives. Located in Astoria Queens, the museum provides various public educational programs.

 

 

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Museum of Modern ArtIf you’re interested in groundbreaking, innovative work, then New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is a must-see. Extensive exhibits and an impressive film series are offered throughout the year. MoMA includes works by modern masters such as Warhol, de Kooning, Haring, Calder, Kadinsky, Pollack, Matisse and Picasso. Exhibits include works of art and architecture, paintings, sculpture, prints, modern furniture design, illustrated books, film, and electronic media. MoMA offers group tours but reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance. Free audio programs, gallery talks, family guide activities, courses, lectures and special events complement the extensive and impressive museum collection. The Museum of Modern Art will give you a whole new perspective on culture and the arts in our era.

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morgan library logoOnce the private library of financier and avid collector Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913), the library and its holdings were gifted to the public in 1924 by Morgan’s son J.P. Morgan, Jr. The original collection included illuminated, literary, and historic manuscripts, early printed books, and old master drawings and prints.

Over the years, the scope of the library’s collection has grown to include important music manuscripts, early children’s books, Americana, and materials from the twentieth century.  In addition to its extensive collections and special exhibitions, the Morgan offers musical performances, lectures, readings, and video presentations. Daily exhibition and historical tours are available. For groups of twenty or more, the staff offers personalized tour planning assistance.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art offers exhibits of artwork from across the centuries. Works from the Post Modern era, Ancient Roman period, Impressionist movement and many other historical epochs and cultures are at the museum. Special educational programs, performances and exhibits are available. On any given day, the Metropolitan Museum of Art offers close to 30 exhibits, 14 guided tours, various family programs and gallery talks, age-specific presentations and films. Special accommodations can be made for groups that contact the museum ahead of time. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a definitive resource for art from across time periods and around the world.

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Madame Tussauds New YorkIf you want to feel as if you’re surrounded by greatness, then a visit to Madame Tussauds New York should be on your to-do list. The world-famous wax museum presents historical figures, political and world leaders, pop stars, cultural icons, record-breaking athletes and Hollywood and TV stars in life-size replicas. There are daily sightings of Elvis Presley, Lady Ga Ga, Ronald Reagan, Princess Diana and hundreds more. You can even find out what the real Madam Tussauds looked like. Madame Tussauds New York is a fascinating experience for young, old and everybody in-between.

 

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The Jewish Museum

Artists, entertainers, historical and religious documents and artifacts are all celebrated at The Jewish Museum. Lectures, concerts and other special events are a part of the experience and the Kid Zone offers events and displays for families with young children.  With over 2,300 objects in the museum’s collections and over 4,000 years of history contained within its walls, The Jewish Museum offers a thorough perspective of the Jewish culture and its connections to America and the rest of the world. There are daily tours and always something different on-hand at this exciting and informative cultural resource.

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Guggenheim Museum

Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the current Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum opened in 1959. The building’s distinctive design was Wright’s last major work and, at first, was not received by universal acclaim. Today, however, the museum is considered among the most important pieces of architectural design of the twentieth century and is registered as a National Historic Landmark. The Guggenheim houses a vast permanent collection of modern and contemporary art and counts among its collection the works of Klee, Mondrian, Chagall, Modigliani and Picasso. The museum offers impressive programming that includes special exhibits, performances, lectures, and classes.
Daily tours are available.

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frick_logoThe Frick Collection is housed in the New York mansion built by industrialist and art collector Henry Clay Frick (1849–1919). Upon his death, the art collection, the mansion, and all its furnishings were bequeathed to the public. Since then, both the collection and the building have been expanded. Touring the Frick, one sees major works of sculpture, a superb collection of small bronzes, great paintings by the most renowned European artists and premium 18th century French porcelains and furniture. Also on display are Oriental rugs, Limoges enamels, silver, and textiles. Lectures, seminars and concerts are all part of the offerings at the Frick. Be sure to inquire about the Acoustiguide audio tours that contain recorded information about the masterpieces on view. (No children under 10 years of age admitted.)

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Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

The Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum is part of the Smithsonian Institution and is the only US museum to focus exclusively on exhibits of contemporary and historical design. The museum’s collection of over 250,000 objects is far ranging, including product design, decorative arts, drawings, prints, graphic design, textiles, and wall coverings. Each year, the Cooper-Hewitt sponsors the National Design Awards, celebrating innovation and excellence in American design.  Housed in the beautiful Andrew Carnegie Mansion, the Cooper-Hewitt offers free daily tours and various educational and outreach programs.

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cmomKids will love the hands-on exhibits at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM). The fun and informative exhibits focus on early childhood learning, healthy life styles, world culture and creativity. Live performances, guided tours and classes for kids and adults are all available.  Exhibits constantly are changing and often will include some popular learning-based television show or favorite children’s literature. At the CMOM, learning means being involved and having fun!

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brooklyn museum logoHousing extensive collections and numerous long term and limited time exhibits, the Brooklyn Museum offers visitors a cornucopia of expertly designed and carefully chosen displays. You’ll discover art and artifacts from Africa, Europe, Ancient Egypt, Asia and the World of Islam, as well as from many other places and periods. Re-imagine your environment, connect with the culture of America’s Great Plains or see behind the camera of American artist and cultural icon creator Norman Rockwell. The exhibits are diverse, creatively and expertly executed and deeply interesting. The Brooklyn Museum will satisfy you as you explore classic or pop culture, art and history.

 

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The distinction “American” in the museum’s name refers more to where the museum is located rather than the focus of its content. The museum collection includes both American folk art and the works of international self-taught artists. To help visitors attain a better understanding of American folk art, the museum’s collection includes contributions of the many diverse groups who contributed to American culture.

The collection at the American Folk Art Museum includes early portraits, landscapes and seascapes, sculptures, trade figures, signs and weather vanes. In addition, furniture, pottery, needlework, rugs, quilts, and coverlets reflect both the history and the artisans’ skills of the period. Works of contemporary artists reveal the evolution of styles and trends over the years.

Visitors are invited to tour the museum on their own or arrange for a guided group tour.

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