1wtcOne World Observatory sits atop what is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, One World Trade Center. The skyscraper rises 1,776-feet above Manhattan. One World Observatory, which includes a 360-degree walkway and three-story observatory, is perched at 1,250-feet.

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The views are magnificent and overpowering, as visitors can see landmarks, waterways, and the majestic and always promising skyline. Look towards the invitingly soothing horizon, pick out the many green parks that dot the cement and steel framework of the City, and gaze at the far-reaching waters that surround the island.

o-WORLD-TRADE-CENTER-OBSERVATORY-facebookThe One World Observatory experience begins as soon as you enter the lobby. Prior boarding the express glass elevators that will take you to the observatory in less than 60 seconds, you’ll discover how One World Trade Center was developed and what it took to plan and construct the awe-inspiring building. Plus, you’ll learn some very impressive stats and get some interesting specs concerning the structure.
Visit One World Observatory for the preeminent skyscraping experience in the Western Hemisphere. Special group rates are available for this unique experience.
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Yankee Stadium, the House that Ruth built, is as rich in sports history as any ballpark can be. The site of more MLB World Championships than any other venue, the stadium defines winning and greatness. Yankee Stadium Tours provide fans and aficionados various tour packages. Everything starts with the Classic Tour that includes Monument Park, New York Yankees Museum, the Clubhouse and access to the Bleacher Café in center field. Add-on lunch options are also available. Looking for something a little different, then consider the Twilight Tour and NYY Steak or The Party City Birthday Bash Tour. Both of these are designed for groups with the former requiring a minimum of 20 and the latter serving 12–30. Groups may also make reservations for the Classic Tour. If you’re a baseball fan and a Yankee fan, too, you’ve got to take the tour
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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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When you think of the New York City, you think of Times Square—the crossroads of the world. They say if you stand in Times Square for one hour you’re bound to see someone you know, no matter where you’re from. Whether or not that’s true, it’s a good indication of just how busy this major intersection is. If you’re looking for discount theatre tickets, special holiday events or the Times Square Visitor Center, you find them all right there. The hustle and bustle that defines the Big Apple is right there. Be sure to stop by the Visitor Center to see the Waterford Crystal New Year’s Eve Ball on display.

Exciting times are ahead for the square. In 2012 construction will start on the $27 million redesign of the pedestrian plazas between 42nd and 47th Streets with the objective of making the area more user-friendly to New Yorkers and visitors alike. It is anticipated that the renovation will be finished in 2014.

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On September 11, 2001 the World Trade Center buildings collapsed killing 2,983 people. Just across the street, St. Paul’s Chapel was to escape destruction. Although covered with debris and dust, there was no physical damage to the building. From that day through May of 2002, St. Paul’s provided meals, beds, counseling, and prayer to the firefighters, police officers, construction workers, and others who dealt with the aftermath of the terrorist attack.

Since that time, over one million people each year have visited to learn of St. Paul’s physical and spiritual role in the rescue effort. The drawings, cards and other items left as memorials or in tribute and encouragement to the rescue workers still can be seen.

St. Paul’s Chapel is part of Trinity Church, which is located south of the chapel on Broadway at Wall Street. Today, St. Paul’s bears the distinction of being the oldest building in continuous use in New York City.

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Radio City Music Hall is one of New York’s iconic performance venues. Known as “the showplace of a nation,” Radio City has thrilled millions with its special performances and grand events. Famous for its precision dance corps The Rockettes, the venue plays host to the annual Christmas show, the Tony Awards, and concerts and shows by some of the world’s biggest names in entertainment. Groups are welcome to take the Radio City Stage Door Tour. You’ll be able to explore the theatre, lounge and corridors. You’ll also go back stage and meet a Rockette. If you’re looking for a guided tour you’ll long remember, then this is it.

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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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21st Century Movement: Sara Mearns and Jared Angle, center, with other members of New York City Ballet at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center in “A Simple Symphony. (New York Times)
The world-class New York City Ballet is awe inspiring, breathtaking and powerful. The highest amount of technical proficiency is demanded of each dancer and the productions feature choreography by some of the most dynamic talents on the planet. First-time visitors to the ballet may want to engage in a docent-run First Position Talk, which is held prior to the start of specified performances. Patrons will receive introductory comments concerning the ballet they are about to see and may also ask questions. Dancer Chats, Studio Talks and seminars are also available. The New York City Ballet will sweep you off your feet.

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NBC Studio Tours

Television is a part of our everyday lives and NBC continues to be a major player in the market with the long running Today Show, the unpredictable Saturday Night Live and the groundbreaking Dr.Oz Show. NBC Studio Tours started in 1933. Today’s tours take visitors through the NBC Sharp Globe Theater, Broadcast Operations and the Make-up Room. Participants can produce their own news and weather program in NBC’s High Definition Mini-Control Studio. Live studio experiences are available. Educational, insightful and fun, NBC Studio Tours offer a fantastic group experience.

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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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When it opened its doors in September of 1887, the Eldridge Street Synagogue became the first synagogue to be built by East European immigrants in America, many of whom initially settled on the Lower East Side. The religious sanctuary was a testament to the fact that Jewish immigrants now could worship openly and freely. Today, this National Historic Landmark offers visitors a view of the 70-foot high vaulted ceiling, hand-painted ceiling decorations, beautiful hand-stenciled walls, magnificent stained glass rose windows, and elaborate brass fixtures.

The museum tells the story of Jewish immigrant life at the turn of the last century, offering the guided tour: From Ellis to Eldridge: Immigrant History. For those interested in the building and the 20-year plus restoration of the synagogue, there is the daily tour: Beyond the Facade: Architecture & Preservation. Walking tours of the Lower East Side neighborhood delve into the history and the evolution of the area.

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The Metropolitan Opera has a history that reaches back almost 130 years. This impressive cultural resource attracts some of the finest singers, directors and designers from around the globe. The Met, which offers world-class productions of new and classic operas, calls Lincoln Center its home. Although included in the Lincoln Center Tours, the Metropolitan Opera also provides daily tours during its performance season. Tours conducted by the Met differ from those offered by Lincoln Center—only the Met takes you backstage, offering visitors insights into how the company works and how productions function. A visit to the Met is a cultural highlight for anyone and everyone.

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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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Harlem’s history is intimately connected to important issues and artistic movements in New York and the nation. Harlem Heritage Tours offers a full range of experiences, including Multimedia Tours, Hip Hop Tours and Gospel Tours. There are many walking tours with specific themes such as the Sunday Pre Dinner Harlem Renaissance Walking Tour.

What makes these tours unique is that every tour guide was born in, raised and still lives in Harlem. This immediate connection to the people, happenings and communities makes the tour guides at Harlem Heritage Tours especially insightful and informed. These are the specialists when it comes to the Harlem experience.

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A time-honored joke asks: How do you get to Carnegie Hall? The answer…practice, practice, practice. Indeed, the luminaries who have graced Carnegie’s stage have ascribed to such advice. However, if you want to get to Carnegie Hall without engaging in any practice at all, then Carnegie Hall Tours may be your ticket to get on and behind one of the world’s most famous stages. Rich in history, beautiful in design and first-rate in artistry, Carnegie Hall has offered patrons premiere performances for over 110 years. Get a backstage view of what continues to be one of the most prestigious performance venues in the world.

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Although everyone knows New York City is the Big Apple, there was a time when it was known as the Big Onion. Big Onion Walking Tours is about celebrating the history and heritage of the multifaceted neighborhoods of New York. The name “Big Onion” is quite apropos—an onion has many layers and the mission of Big Onion Walking Tours is to illuminate the numerous historic layers of New York’s neighborhoods that have evolved over generations.

Thought provoking, comprehensive and fun, Big Onion Walking Tours has received many awards, including “Best Walking Tour in New York City” by New York Magazine and “Best of the Best” by Our Town. Take some time to walk the Big Onion walk.

Please note: Departure points for the walking tours vary depending upon the walking tour. This information can be found with the tour descriptions on the web site.

The Apollo Theatre

Perhaps no other single venue in New York City is more responsible for introducing the artistry and culture of African-American and Latino musicians and performers than the Apollo Theater.

A tour of the Apollo offers insights into individual artists and a greater understanding of the cultural diversity the site has engendered. Visitors are sure to come away with an appreciation of the contribution this venue has made to the performing arts. Combine the tour with one of their evening Amateur Night performances to get the total Apollo Theater experience.

Tenement MuseumIt is an unusual idea making a tenement into a museum. But that’s what the aptly-named Tenement Museum is. The museum, which may only be seen by guided tour, offers various programs regarding the roles of immigrants in the US. There are seven different tours with four lasting one hour and two others 90 minutes. The seventh tour is an in-depth experience lasting two hours and focusing on immigrants weathering difficult times. The museum features authentic furnishings and accessories as it recreates the living situation that faced most of the people who came to America’s shores in the late 19th through the early 20th century.

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The Statue of LibertyThe Statue of Liberty, designed by the French artist Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi, was a gift from the people of France to the people of the United States. Finished in 1884 and dedicated in 1886, Lady Liberty was designated as a National Monument in 1924.  Those traveling on the waterways that surround the city can see the Statue of Liberty from various  vantage points. Visitors who prefer to visit Liberty Island can take the ferry from either New Jersey or New York.

 

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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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south street seaport logoLocated along the Lower Manhattan waterfront, the South Street Seaport is a dynamic, thriving community that’s composed of diverse shops, restaurants and attractions. Outdoor concerts, various recreation activities along the beach and waterways, a farmer’s market and street performers are all a part of the South Street Seaport experience. Enjoy a day of shopping, dining and entertainment, ride a bike or take a boat ride. This is a quaint community that welcomes visitors.

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The Skyscraper MuseumIf there was ever going to be a city that had a museum dedicated to skyscrapers, it’s certainly the tall-building capital of the world—New York City. The Skyscraper Museum celebrates the amazing architectural history and heritage that defines Manhattan and the individuals who have been influential in the development of these major vertical structures. There are numerous permanent displays, including an examination of the Twin Towers, an overview of rebuilding Ground Zero, various detailed mini-models of Manhattan and a photographic rendering of Lower Manhattan. There also are numerous new exhibits being developed and displayed. The Skyscraper Museum is one tall undertaking.

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ripleys logoRipley’s Believe It or Not, New York is filled with the weird, wonderful and mysterious. It is known for highlighting odds facts, strange happenstances and freaks of nature. In the first half of the 20th century, Robert Ripley, who was a cartoonist, adventurer and collector, sought out the strange and unusual in foreign and exotic lands. He turned his passion for discovering oddities into a highly lucrative career. Ripley’s Believe It or Not, New York includes the Odditorium, where you’ll see, amongst other things, a six-legged cow, a lock of Elvis’ hair, 24 shrunken heads, a section of the Berlin wall, and a life-size albino giraffe. There are 20 galleries on two floors featuring videos and photos, archives and interactive exhibits. The venue also offers some of the strangest performances you’ll ever see in its Sideshow Wonders. If you love the odd, you’ll love Ripley’s Believe It or Not, New York.

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New York Transit MuseumImagine a New York without its extensive public transportation system? Impossible. At The New York Transit Museum, enjoy exhibits such as the Steel Stone & Backbone: Building New York’s Subways 1900-1925 and On the Streets: New York’s Trolleys and Buses. Learn about construction methods and the people who built New York’s first subway line. Explore the last 175 years of transportation history in the city in an exhibit includes a detailed simulated traffic intersection, a child size trolley and a 12-seat bus. The New York Transit Museum is interactive, educational and a lot of fun. Climb aboard for a great experience. Guided 90-minute group tours require a reservation. There are also various podcast tours that may be downloaded.

 

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New York City Fire MuseumThe FDNY’s original museum opened as the Fire College Museum in Long Island City in 1934. In 1959 the collection was moved to the spare bay of a working firehouse at 100 Duane Street in Manhattan, where it remained until the Home Insurance Company presented its own extensive collection of fire memorabilia to the city in 1981, making a move to larger space imperative. A new non-profit, The Friends of the New York City Fire Department Collection, was created to raise funds to renovate the former quarters of Engine Company No. 30, a 1904 Beaux-Arts firehouse on Spring Street, and in 1987, the New York City Fire Museum opened its doors.

 

   Displays illustrate the evolution of firefighting from the bucket brigades of Peter Stuyvesant’s New Amsterdam through the colorful history of volunteer firefighters to modern firefighting techniques and equipment. The Museum also houses a special memorial to the 343 members of the FDNY who made the Supreme Sacrifice on 9/11 and features a number of firefighting artifacts recovered from the World Trade Center site. A video room and a mock apartment with an artificial smoke machine and black-lighted fire hazards are used in the museum’s fire education program for school children ages K through 12.

 

   The New York City Fire Museum attracts 40,000 visitors a year from all over America and almost every country in the world. Retired FDNY firefighters proudly volunteer to relate stories of New York City’s “Bravest” and with the help of the Museum’s stunning collection, tell how they got to be that way.
 
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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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If it pertains to New York art, culture or life, then there’s a good chance you’ll find it here at the Museum of the City of New York. There are over 50,000 photographic images and numerous exhibits related to important venues, premium artists and performers, great moments, and the lives of everyday citizens and neighbors. This museum offers a portrait of the city that is simultaneously intimate and panoramic. Lectures, performances and films are all part of the museum experience. Groups are welcome and can include curator-led, docent-led or self-guided tours; arrangements must be made two weeks in advance. The Museum of the City of New York is a total New York experience for everyone.

 

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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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Ellis Island.“Island of Hope, Island of Tears”

How far would you travel to find a better life? What if the journey took weeks under difficult conditions?  If you answered “Whatever it takes,” you echo the feelings of the 12 million+ immigrants who passed through “America’s Golden Door” from 1892 to 1954. Ellis Island afforded them the opportunity to attain the American dream for themselves and their descendants. Come hear their stories.

Liberty and Ellis Islands are accessible only by Statue Cruises ferry. Docking of private vessels is prohibited.

 

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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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