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 ..
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 ..
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 ..
Housing 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 ..
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 ..
Kids 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 ..
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 ..
“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 ..
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 ..
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 ..
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 ..
If 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, ..
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 ..
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 ..
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 ..
If 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 ..
Family 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. ..
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 ..
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 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 ..
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 ..
Imagine 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. ..
One 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. The views are magnificent and overpowering, as visitors can see landmarks, waterways, and the majestic ..
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 ..
Ripley’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 ..
Located 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 ..
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
The 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 ..
It 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 ..
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 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 ..
Once 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 ..
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 ..
If 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 ..
The 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 ..
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 ..
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 ..
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 ..