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Located in Battery Park, the Castle Clinton National Monument was constructed as a fort to guard New York Harbor just before the War of 1812 . Over the course of 200 years, Castle Clinton has gone through several transformations. Once new defenses were built further out in the harbor, the fort was turned over to the City of New York. In 1824, Castle Clinton became an entertainment complex, in 1855, an immigration reception station, and, in 1896, an aquarium. The National Park Service assumed control of the old fort in 1946, restoring it to its original design as a fortification.

Free tours from Park Rangers are available throughout the day. Groups of 10 or more should call to reserve a 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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Van Cortlandt House

Frederick Van Cortlandt built the Van Cortlandt House for his family in 1748 and subsequently developed the property into a successful wheat plantation with a milling operation. Strategic in its location, during the Revolutionary War, the house was occupied in turn by the Colonial and the British armies. In 1886, the descendants of the Van Cortlandt family sold the property to the City of New York for what was to become Van Cortlandt Park.

Today, the house is the oldest building in the Bronx. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1967 and became a National Historic Landmark in 1976. The building, which has been a public museum since 1897, is impeccably maintained and features two parlors, two bedchambers, a nursery and much more. Elegant, tasteful and historic, this is a real gem. Groups are welcome, and depending up numbers may either participate in a self-guided or guided tour.

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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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The New York Hall of Science is a hands-on science and technology center that not only allows but encourages visitors to interact with over 450 exhibits. Housed in a building that once was a pavilion for the 1964 World’s Fair, the mission of the New York Hall of Science is to rouse one’s curiosity and unravel the secrets of science to children, parents, and teachers.

The science center offers special traveling exhibitions as well as a large range of permanent exhibits including: Connections: The Nature of Networks; Hidden Kingdoms: The World of Microbes;
Mathematica: A World of Numbers…and Beyond; Rocket Park; and Realm of the Atom.
Whether you enjoy the museum as a family or a school-age group, the New York Hall of Science is sure to please.

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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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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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Go back to a time when 61st Street was the country and the Mount Vernon Hotel was a sanctuary for those who wanted to get away from it all. Built in 1799, it first served as a carriage house and was then transformed into a hotel in 1826. Now the structure stands in the middle of the hubbub of Manhattan as one of the seventh oldest structures in the city. Restored and refurbished, the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden offers eight totally furnished rooms reflecting 19th century taste and style and a wonderful garden. There are three different group tours offered and various special programs. Go back to another place and time.

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Morris-Jumel Mansion
Yes, it’s true! George Washington did sleep here. The Morris-Jumel Mansion bears the distinction of having served, in turn, as the temporary headquarters to General George Washington and the British Lieutenant General Sir Henry Clinton during Revolutionary War.

Over the years, the house was to serve as a private residence, a military headquarters, an inn, and, briefly, the home of the former Vice President Aaron Burr. Visitors to the mansion will view rooms furnished in the colonial, Federalist and Empire styles, depicting different time periods in the history of the house.

A visit to the Morris-Jumel Mansion can include self-guided or docent-guided tours of the Mansion and/or the four block historic neighborhood. Group tours of 10 or more people can be arranged.
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The Seabury Tredwell House was built in 1832 and occupied by the Tredwells, a merchant family from 1835 to 1933. Today, it is designated as a National Historic Landmark and is the only home in New York City to have survived intact, both inside and out, from the 19th century. The Greek Revival period rooms of the Merchant’s House show the lifestyle of this wealthy merchant family and their Irish servants. The collection includes over 3,000 items that were the possessions of the Tredwells, among them furniture, household items, decorative arts, and clothing. The 19thcentury garden also is open to visitors. 

 

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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 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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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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The terms “state-of-the-art” and “high tech” do not do justice to the Rose Center for Earth & Space. Part of the American Museum of Natural History, the Rose Center includes the Hayden Planetarium, which is the most technologically advanced Space Theater in existence. Take a field trip to the moon, see the universe being created or search for other forms of intelligent life. Visit exhibits in the Hall of Planet Earth, Hall of the Universe, and Cosmic Pathway. Public and group tours are both available. Fascinating, illuminating and vibrant, the Rose Center for Earth & Space will transport you to places of which you have only dreamed. 

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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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sept11_logo“The National September 11 Memorial is a tribute of remembrance and honor to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center site, near Shanksville, Pa., and at the Pentagon, as well as the six people killed in the World Trade Center bombing in February 1993.

“The Memorial’s twin reflecting pools are each nearly an acre in size and feature the largest manmade waterfalls in the North America. The pools sit within the footprints where the Twin Towers once stood. Architect Michael Arad and landscape architect Peter Walker created the Memorial design selected from a global design competition that included more than 5,200 entries from 63 nations.
“The names of every person who died in the 2001 and 1993 attacks are inscribed into bronze panels edging the Memorial pools, a powerful reminder of the largest loss of life resulting from a foreign attack on American soil and the greatest single loss of rescue personnel in American history.”

 

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National Museum of the American IndianPart of the Smithsonian Museum complex, the National Museum of the American Indian is dedicated to exploring the varied cultures and traditions of Native Americans. Permanent and special exhibits, performances that include music and dance, symposia and films are all part of the museum’s offerings. Photo exhibits, authentic Native American clothing and artifacts, and important art works by Native Americans are all part of the National Museum of the American Indian experience. Celebrate individuals, nations, arts and crafts and much more. Those who would like a special group tour are strongly encouraged to contact the museum in advance.

 

 

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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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Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex offers visitors exciting experiences in science, technology and history. With the aircraft carrier Intrepid as its primary base, the museum utilizes all levels of this great, restored vessel. Commissioned in 1943, the Intrepid helped defeat Japan in World War II and was later involved in picking up astronauts after they splashed down. Today you can walk its decks, view its extensive display of aircraft and get a feeling for what life was like on this floating city. In addition to the Intrepid, the museum features the Growler, a “top-secret” Navy submarine, and the Concorde, the fastest passenger jet in the world. This is a full sea, air and space experience.

NASA’s space shuttle prototype Enterprise arrived in the summer of 2012…

On December 11, 2011, a ceremony onboard the Intrepid marked the shuttle’s transfer of ownership to the aircraft museum. While the Enterprise was not launched into space, it was used for 16 approach and landing tests in the 1970’s, eight of which were manned by teams of NASA astronauts.

On April 23, 2012, the Enterprise was flown atop NASA’s shuttle carrier aircraft to New York’s JFK International Airport. During that summer, the shuttle was transported by barge to the Intrepid museum complex. At present, the Enterprise is displayed on the deck of the aircraft carrier.  Eventually, however, it will become part of new museum facility to be built across the street from the pier.

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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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Discovery Times SquareMore than a museum, Discovery Times Square is the destination for discovery through unique and immersive exhibits in New York. Here, events epic and rare come to life by connecting you to the greatest human stories ever told. Intelligent, exciting, and moving – it’s the experience that counts.

 

New York has always been something of a stage – a showcase for debuts and second acts. And so it is fitting that in the vast space that once housed The New York Times printing presses, Discovery Times Square now offers headlines of a different, but equally compelling sort.

 

From the icy waters of the Titanic’s final resting place to genius mind of Da Vinci and the riches of King Tut, Discovery is proud to celebrate the world with the world class exhibits of the new Discovery Times Square.

 

Discovery TS also features exclusive retail experiences — The Discovery Store featuring the latest in games, DVDs and other products from the #1 nonfiction company in the world, Discovery Channel, and The New York Times Store with a wide range of exclusive items perfect for the newspaper enthusiast or history buff.

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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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American Museum of Natural History

Take a tour of the human brain, get to know dinosaurs up close and personal, experience the Butterfly Conservatory, or marvel at the gems and minerals on display. A visit to the museum is an adventure to be sure. The permanent exhibits feature dinosaurs, gems and minerals, biodiversity, human origins, ocean life and African mammals. Don’t forget to inquire as to the special exhibitions that change periodically.american museum of natural history
The kid-friendly American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) will entertain you with live shows, lectures and its magnificent IMAX Theater. Whether you take a guided tour or explore the museum on your own, an educational adventure filled with wonderment, insight and excitement awaits you.
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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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