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Museums in NYC: 32 Places to Go Right Now

The best museums in New York City from the Met to the Moving Image

NYC museums have something for everyone, whether your interest is art, history, or New York City itself. From niche spaces dedicated to very specific interests (Himalayan art, the moving image) all the way up to world famous institutions like the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim, museums in NYC show off their cultural bona fides seven days a week.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Photo by Robert Bye on Unsplash.

With more than two million works of art covering more than 5,000 years of history from across the world, the Met is a must-see for anyone visiting New York. You can’t catch everything in a day—or even a week, possibly not a month—so don’t try. Rather, whether you’re a planner or a wanderer, aim for a mix of the two.

Start on the first floor with a trip to the Egyptian galleries, one of the museum’s most popular stops. Be sure to visit the Temple of Dendur, housed in its own gallery. Check out the Arms and Armor collection, also on the first floor. The American Wing courtyard beckons right outside, so admire the sculpture and the Tiffany works of art.

From there, the massive second floor awaits. A stop in European Paintings is a must—many visitors, in fact, head right to the Impressionist galleries. The Asian galleries are vast and incredible, so either choose a section or let your feet wander where they may.

Finish off your visit with a trip to the Greek and Roman galleries back on the first floor; check out the smaller side galleries. And plan for a return visit!

1000 Fifth Ave., metmuseum.org

The Met Cloisters

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Annunciation Triptych (Merode Altarpiece). Workshop of Robert Campin (Netherlandish, ca. 1375–1444 Tournai).

The uptown branch of the Met may be located in Fort Tryon Park, at the tip of Upper Manhattan, but you’ll feel like you’re miles away—and maybe have stepped back in time hundreds of years. The Cloisters, the only museum in the United States dedicated to the art of the Middle Ages, includes sections of five medieval cloisters, and showcases metalwork, sculpture, paintings, and textiles—including the famed Unicorn Tapestries.

In the warmer months, the medieval gardens yield a fascinating glimpse into how plants were used in the Middle Ages; they’ve been a part of the museum since 1938. Don’t miss the plants in the herb garden, in particular, which are grouped by use—from medicine to magic.

The Met Cloisters, 99 Margaret Corbin Drive, Fort Tryon Park, metmuseum.org

The American Museum of Natural History

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Photo: D. Finnin, courtesy American Museum of Natural History.

Many people head to the AMNH for the dinosaur exhibits in the Fossil Halls--and they’re not wrong; they’re extraordinary, and those galleries are the home of many a family on weekends. But the museum also offers several other not-to-be missed exhibits, from the Hayden Planetarium in the Rose Center for Earth and Space to the new Earth and Planetary Sciences Halls, which feature rare gems minerals and meteorite, including one that weighs 34 tons. The revitalized Northwest Coast Hall highlights new exbibits developed in concert with Indigenous communities and includes 1,000 objects from 10 Native Nations of the Pacific Northwest. And coming next year: The Richard Gilder Center for Science Education and Innovation, which will include galleries, classrooms, an immersive experience about nature’s hidden realms, and the Susan and Peter J. Solomon family Insectarium, home to the largest leafcutter ant colony in the United States.

200 Central Park West, amnh.org

Museum of Modern Art

An interior view of the Museum of Modern Art.

Photograph by Jonathan Muzikar, courtesy MoMA.

Boasting one of the finest collections of modern art in the world, MoMa offers viewers a collection with approximately 200,000 sculptures, drawings, paintings, design objects, and more. Works of art from MoMA's collection are shown in rotating exhibits, so visitors can often expect to see things they haven’t seen before. The museum’s vast holdings include Brancusi, Picasso, Matisse, Mondrian, and Monet.

A rich offering of special exhibitions is also always on view, including “Meret Oppenheim: My Exhibition” (through March 4th, 2023), in which viewers can see the artist's famous fur-lined teacup, among other works.

And don’t forget to check out MoMa PS1, in Queens, which focuses on new artists and experimental practices, as well as community collaborations and partnerships.

11 West 53rd St., moma.org

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

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With its famous Frank Lloyd Wright-designed inverted ziggurat-shaped building visible from blocks away, The Guggenheim has held an iconic presence in New York since 1959. (Wright was actually commissioned to build it in 1943, but various delays meant it wasn’t built until 16 years later.) And just being inside the building, no matter how many times you’ve previously experienced it, is always a thrill. The spiral ramp and unique layout are visually enthralling and unlike any other museum experience. The museum, now one of several across the world, offers exhibits that highlight both the museum’s own collection as well as objects from other museums. Check out the ongoing Thannhauser Collection, which includes works by Degas, Manet, van Gogh, and more than 30 by Picasso.

1071 Fifth Ave., guggenheim.org

The Jewish Museum

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Photo by Linda Pierce.

One of the oldest Jewish museums in the world (and the first of its kind in the United States), the Jewish Museum offers exhibitions that illuminate Jewish culture for a wide audience. Its collection of nearly 30,000 works of art includes ceremonial objects, books, and media that span 4,000 years. “Scenes from the Collection” offers a rotating exhibit of selected works presented in scenes arranged by theme, using different filters to understand the art. Scenes have included “Coney Island,” “Personas” (Portraits) and “Signs and Symbols,” which focuses on astrological signs. Don’t forget to look at the building itself as you wander through the galleries—designed in French Gothic Chateau-style, it’s an extra treat to enjoy as you view the art. 

1109 Fifth Ave., thejewishmuseum.org

The International Center of Photography

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Photo by Alex Fradkin.

Founded in 1974 by famed photographer Cornell Capa, ICP's museum is considered the preeminent institution in this country dedicated to photography and visual culture. Capa’s original mission was to support “concerned photography”—images that would both educate and enact change. Exhibitions have included a visual history of hip-hop, images of the Lower East side, and documentary projects, as well as early daguerreotypes and multimedia installations. The museum’s permanent collection includes more than 200,000 prints and images. ICP is also known for its photography school, from a teen academy to classes for professional photographers, and its library, which contains more than 20,000 books, artist files, and periodicals, open the general public. 

79 Essex St., icp.org

New Museum


The only museum in the city dedicated to contemporary art, the New Museum was founded in 1977 to showcase the work of underrepresented artists. It’s also the home of such initiatives as NEW Inc., an incubator for developing ideas at the intersection of art, technology, and design.

Rather than having a permanent collection, the museum exhibits art from galleries, museums, and collectors around the world. Exhibitions cover everything from large-scale paintings to videos to installations examining the phenomenon of vibration and how different rhythms and frequencies affect group dynamics. A robust program of screenings, artists in conversation, book launches, and more round out the experience. The New Museum also offers a strong selection of programs for younger audiences, including an afterschool program focusing on workshops, art making, and discussion.

235 Bowery, newmuseum.org

Whitney Museum of American Art


With more than 25,000 works of art created by more than 3,700 American artists spanning the 20th and 21st centuries, the Whitney offers a multi-tiered approach to exploring the works of the collection, dedicated particularly to living artists. It’s well known for the Biennial, the longest running survey of American art, instituted in 1932. Its focus, as the name implies, is a look at art in all media held every two years.

Started by Gertrude Whitney in1930 (Fun fact—she offered her collection of more than 1500 works of art by living artists to the Met, but they declined) the museum was the first to present a work of a video artist (Nam June Paik); it was also the venue where artists from Cindy Sherman to Jasper Johns were showcased in their first comprehensive museum survey.

While the museum includes work in all media, its strongest holdings are works on paper. It also has particularly fine holdings of artists including Alexander Calder, Brice Marden, and Georgia O’Keeffe.

99 Gansevoort St., whitney.org

The Frick Collection

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Gallery view by Joseph Coscia Jr.

With works of art from the Renaissance through the early 20th century, the Frick is known particularly for its focus on European sculpture and decorative arts, as well as Old Master paintings. While their historical buildings are closed for renovation, a selection of works can be seen at their temporary home on Madison Avenue. It’s a chance to see the works of art in juxtaposition to the structure and design of a Marcel Breuer-designed building, offering a new perspective.

Works on display include those by Goya, Titian, Rembrandt, Whistler, and many others. Not to be missed: the museum’s eight portraits by Van Dyck displayed in one gallery for the first time. Also on display: “The Eveillard Gift,” which showcases works of art on paper by such renowned artists as Degas, Fragonard, Sargent, and Caillebotte.

945 Madison Ave., frick.org

Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, Great Hall. Photo by James Rudnick © 2014 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

The design branch of the Smithsonian Museum, Cooper-Hewitt is the only museum in the United States entirely dedicated to contemporary and historical design. It’s also home to more than 215,000 objects that span more than 30 centuries.

Rotating exhibitions showcase their own collections as well as objects on loan; increasingly, the exhibits also confront contemporary issues, from the role of design during a crisis to the prevalence of facial detection technology.

The collection includes an incredible array of design-centered objects, from miniature silver forks from the 1940s to molded polyurethane chairs that look like spinning tops. Plus 1800s’ bandboxes, used for storing men’s collar bands, to wallpaper for children’s rooms and pre-Columbian textiles. Exhibitions have included “Design and Healing: Creative Responses to Epidemics,” “Face Values: Exploring Artificial Intelligence,” and “Botanical Lessons.”    

2 East 91st St., cooperhewitt.org

New-York Historical Society

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The Gallery of Tiffany Lamps shows 100 illuminated examples within a dramatically lit, jewel-like space at the New-York Historical Society.

Visiting the “Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection” is an annual holiday treat for many city dwellers (through February 26th, 2023); the exhibit features models from the turn of the 19th century to World War II and is a thrill for both adults and kids.

But the city’s first museum offers much more—it explores New York and its inhabitants throughout its collections and programs, which include paintings, sculpture, and artifacts, from the colonial era to the present day. The museum is especially known for its collection of Tiffany lamps, Audubon’s “Birds of America” series, and Hudson River School paintings

The DiMenna Children’s History Museum offers young visors a glimpse into New York’s past though the stories of young city dwellers who lived in New York from the late 17th to the 20th century; programs for kids include story time and workshops.

And a meal at Storico, the museum’s well-reviewed Italian restaurant, will be just the thing to cap off an afternoon there.

170 Central Park West, nyhistory.org

Museum of the City of New York

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MCNY exterior, Filip Wolak.

The Museum of the City of New York interprets, celebrates, and documents New York—past, present, and future.

Many of the museum’s nearly 750,000 objects make appearances in its special exhibitions, which have focused on topics including “Food in New York;” and “City of Faith,” plus ongoing exhibits like “Starlight,” a hanging light installation, and “Activist New York,” which looks at social activism from the 17th century right up to today.

The Prints & Photographs collection includes more than 400,000 prints and negatives from the mid 19th century to the present, including the work of such luminaries as Jacob Riis, who photographed the lower east side in the late nineteenth century. The linchpin of the Prints collection is the J. Clarence Davies Collection of 12,000 views of New York from the 17th-19th centuries, starting with the earliest view of New Amsterdam, shown in 1625-26.

The permanent collection also includes architectural drawings, furniture, theater memorabilia, textiles, and more. And if it’s on view, don’t miss the famed Stettheimer Dollhouse, an extraordinary work with details like miniatures by famous artists.

1220 Fifth Ave., mcny.org

Rubin Museum

Focused on the ideas, culture and art of the Himalayas, the focus of their permanent collection galleries, the Rubin Museum introduces visitors to an in-depth look at art from that region. Their 10-year Mandala Lab installation, for example, guides viewers through five experiences that encourage participants to embark on an inner journey focused on self-awareness as well as awareness of others. Many exabits are up for an extended period, such as “Gateway to Himalayan Art,” which introduces viewers to forms, meanings, and traditions of Himalayan art in the museum’s collections.

K2 Friday nights feature free admission, plus cocktails music, exhibition tours, and more. Sundays bring free art-making workshops for families.

And plenty of programs are designed to help visitors destress, from mediation to writing exercises. (And who couldn’t use a little of that, these days?)

150 W. 17th St., rubinmuseum.org

The Tenement Museum

An interior view of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum.

The Tenement Museum tells the story of the working-class tenement residents who moved to New York from other parts of the United States and other parts of the world; in other words, the immigrants who added to the story of New York. The museum offers visitors a chance to—temporarily—become immersed in the world of these families through their living quarters, from kitchens to hallways. The museum is housed in an actual tenement building—the personal belongs found in the building became the foundation for the museum. Guided tours offer a rich glimpse into the world of these stories seen through time, and the intersection of the themes of identity, architecture, and urban development, among others.

 In addition to museum tours, walking tours of the neighborhood are also available, adding to the depth of understanding of the neighborhood.

103 Orchard St., tenement.org

El Museo del Barrio


Showcasing the art of Latino, Caribbean, and Latin American cultures, the museum’s collection includes more than 8,000 objects than span 800 years of art; it encompasses works of art from pre-Columbian Taino artifacts to 20th-century drawings, paintings, sculpture, and documentary films. Many of their programs are bilingual, including the Coqui Club, a bilingual toddler program.

Exhibitions have included “En Foco: The New York Puerto Rican experience 1973-74;” and “Reynier Leyva Novo: Methuselah,” a digital artwork that looks at the migration of a single monarch butterfly. Their permanent collection is divided into six thematic categories, including Urban Experiences; Expanded Graphics; African and Indigenous Heritages; Craft Intersection; Women Artists; and Representing Latinx.

1230 Fifth Ave., elmuseo.org

The Morgan Library & Museum

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Once the personal library of financier J. Pierpont Morgan (his son transformed the building and its holdings into a public institution) the Morgan Library & Museum now offers a showcase for both the exquisite building, an Italian Renaissance-style palazzo, as well as its holdings of rare books, including historical manuscripts, early printed books, and some of the earliest forms of writing. Don’t miss the Gutenberg Bible, dating to the mid-15th century.

The museum hosts ongoing special exhibitions, but the not-to-be-missed venue and the heart of the building is the library itself, especially the East Room, also known as Mr. Morgan’s Library. With its three stories of books and a 16th-century tapestry depicting one of the seven illuminated manuscripts, it’s easy to spend all your time in there, simply gaping at the astounding room. (It’s often been referred to as the most beautiful room in New York.)

The museum now includes a performance hall, reading room and a central court, connecting the buildings--and the people--to the art, as it’s somewhat reminiscent of an Italian piazza.

225 Madison Ave., themorgan.org

Brooklyn Museum

With a strong permanent collection as well as an incredible array of special exhibitions, the Brooklyn Museum is the city’s second largest museum and contains one and a half million works of art. It’s housed in a beaux Art building by Mckim, Mead and White (who also designed part of the Morgan Library). Founded in 1989, it was initially designed be the largest art museum in the world; even if it’s not, it’s still spectacular. The museum is particularly strong in Egyptian and American art; don’t miss the Stieinberg Family Sculpture Garden, which features salvaged architectural elements from throughout New York.

Special exhibits are wide-ranging and have included “Climate in Crisis: Environmental Change in the Indigenous Americas,” and “Death to the Living, Long Live Trash.”

Also notable: “The Dinner Party” by Judy Chicago, a massive table set with 39 place settings, each of which represents important woman from history.

200 Eastern Parkway, brooklynmuseum.org

Queens Museum

One of the most interesting things about the Queens Museum is where it’s located: on the grounds of the1939-40 and 1964-65 World’s Fairs, in a building that housed the United Nations from 1946-1950 and was also the city’s official pavilion during the two World’s Fairs.

In keeping with their location, it’s not surprising that the museum’s mission is to provide arts and education programming for the people of New York, and specifically, Queens. Their permanent collection includes The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass, on long-term view; it includes floral and geometric lamps as well as landscape and figural windows. Also on long-term view: Their Worlds’ Fair Collection. More than 900 objects are on display in their Visible Storage Unit, from plates to miniature models.

Its centerpiece is the Panorama of the City of New York, an incredible mini metropolis complete with each of the 895,000 buildings constructed prior to 1992.

New York City Building, Flushing Meadows, Corona Park, queensmuseum.org

Museum of the Moving Image

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The centerpiece of the Living with The Walking Dead exhibition features the costumes of key characters Rick, Morgan, Negan, Carol, Daryl, Maggie, Michonne, Father Gabriel, and Jadis. Image: Thanassi Karageorgiou/Museum of the Moving Image.

The only museum in the country dedicated to all forms of the moving image, the Museum of the Moving Image offers insights into all facets of the medium, from programs of classic films to discussions with luminaries in the world of film and TV.

The museum offers options for everyone from the pop-culture fanatic to the serious student of film history. Exhibits have included a study of The Walking Dead TV show, a retrospective of the work of Japanese documentary filmmaker Noriaki Tsuchimoto, and an interactive exhibit on stop-motion animation.

“Behind the Screen,” the museum’s core exhibit, offers artifacts centered around creating, promoting, and exhibiting TV, movies, and digital media; these include licensed merchandise, fan magazines, costumes, video and computer games, and even movie theater furnishings. Over 1,400 objects are currently on display.

The museum also offers great programs for kids, teens, and families, and have included game labs for teens and an exploration of the work of Jim Henson.

36-01 35 Ave., Astoria, Queens, movingimage.us

Neue Galerie

Celebrating works of art created in Austria and Germany; the Neue Galerie focuses on important movements of the 20th century. For the former, there’s an emphasis on the works of Max Beckmann, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, and Emil Nolde; as well as artists of then Bauhaus; the relationship between the fine and decorative arts in Vienna around 1900 is the focus of the latter.

The museum celebrates its 20th anniversary with “The Ronald S. Lauder Collection,” featuring approximately 500 works of art from collection of the museum’s founder.

And while you’re there, a visit to Café Sabarsky is highly recommended; if you want to skip the man course and head right to dessert, we won’t tell.

1048 Fifth Ave., neuegalerie.org

Bronx Museum of the Arts

A contemporary art museum, the Bronx Museum of the Arts aims to connect its audiences the urban experience through both its permanent collections and special exhibitions as well as its education programming. The exabits generally revolve around the Bronx itself, with an emphasis on social justice, such as in “Abigail Deville: Bronx Heavens,” which focuses on found materials as a way to connect with real and imagined ancestral histories.

Their imaginative roster of programming runs the gamut from salsa lessons and a salsa party to family days and conversations with artists. Teen and afterschool programs focus on older students, including Teen Council, a paid internship program.       

An added bonus? Admission is always free.

1040 Grand Concourse, bronxmuseum.org

Museum of Arts and Design

Looking for an afternoon surrounded by intriguing design objects? Get Mad. Or rather MAD--the Museum of Arts and Design; it features objects that display innovation in craft art and design. Among their most innovative offerings are their Artist Studios. Through the program, visitors can engage with artists working onsite by asking questions and observing the creative process.

Exhibits include “Queer Maximalism x Machine Dazzle,” the first solo exhibition of Matthew Flower (Machine Dazzle), which displays his creations for theater as well as photography and video. Don’t miss the permanent exhibit “Seeing is Believing” by Judith Schaechter. Commissioned for the museum when it opened in its new building in 2008, two hundred geometric images create a dazzling riff on a medical rose window.

2 Columbus Circle, madmuseum.org

American Folk Art Museum

Focusing on the self-taught artist, the American Folk Art Museum highlights individuals whose artistic experience has been personal rather than the result of formal artistic training. Folk art itself can cover a wide range of objects and interpretations, but is often utilitarian (a quilt, a weathervane), and reflects the life and identity of a community.

The museum’s collection includes more than 8,000 works of art from almost every continent, and ranges from quilts to bookplates to portraits. The airy, light-filled space often hosts a few exhibits at a time, many drawn from their own collections. Because it’s a relatively small space, and the museum generally features only a few exhibits at a time, you can easily see everything in offer in one visit.

The museum is the sole venue for the exhibition “Morris Hirshfield Discovered,” the most extensive assortment of his work ever displayed.

2 Lincoln Square, Columbus Avenue at West 66th Street, folkartmuseum.org

Fotografiska

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Billing itself as “a museum experience for the modern work,” Fotografiska offers rotating photography exhibits in immersive spaces. With five floors of exhibit space, the museum showcases its work in a landmark building built in 1894.

Founded in Stockholm in 2010, the museum now boasts six locations around the world, with an eye towards creating impact and change through its exhibits. Photographers whose works have been featured in New York include fashion photographer and music video director David LaChapelle, interdisciplinary artist Kia LaBeija, and three winners of the Leica Women Foto Project Initiative.

A wide array of events, from discussions over dinner to live music and performances, offers visitors a way to explore the exhibits in more depth.

281 Park Avenue South, fotografiska.com

Merchant's House Museum

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Merchants House Parlor by Denis Vlasov. Photo courtesy Merchant's House Museum.

Built in 1832, the East Village’s Merchant’s House Museum was home to a prosperous family and their Irish servants for almost a century. Miraculously, the house still retains the family’s original furnishings and personal possessions. Stop by for a rare and intimate glimpse of domestic life in New York City circa 1835 to 1865.  29 E. 4th St., merchantshouse.org

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum

A view of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum features two core exhibitions at the foundation of the former World Trade Center complex. A memorial exhibition—In Memoriam—pays tribute to the 2,983 men, women and children killed on 9/11 and in the 1993 WTC bombing. A historical exhibition tells the story of what happened on 9/11 at the three attack sites in the U.S. and around the world. It also explores what led up to the terror strikes, the immediate aftermath, and the ways 9/11 continues to shape our world. On the plaza outside you’ll encounter two reflecting pools, featuring North America’s largest man-made waterfalls. 180 Greenwich St., 911memorial.org

New York Transit Museum

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The New York Transit Museum is housed in an authentic 1936 subway station in Downtown Brooklyn, spanning an entire city block. Head underground to learn about the workers who helped build NYC’s transit tunnels over 100 years ago, get hands-on with some of the city’s oldest subway cars and buses, and discover the always-changing technology and design that keeps the MTA going year after year. This family-friendly museum also showcases bus designs, transit maps, rotating exhibitions, and much more. 99 Schermerhorn St,, nytransitmuseum.org

Eldridge Street Synagogue

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Photo by Rick Naramore.

Step inside the landmark Eldridge Street Synagogue and step back in time, as you learn about the Jewish immigrants who found religious freedom in their new country, the opulent sacred space they built in 1887, and the 20th-century restoration that saved this decaying masterpiece. You can experience the magic on a docent-led or self-guided tour. 12 Eldridge St., eldridgestreet.org

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

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Enterprise photo by Svetlana Jovanovic.

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is again welcoming visitors to this National Historic Landmark, which served tours of duty in World War II and the Vietnam War. You can explore the entire historic aircraft collection on the aircraft carrier’s flight deck and in the hangar deck. The Intrepid Museum also includes the Space Shuttle Pavilion, home to Enterprise, the world’s first space shuttle, which paved the way for America’s successful space shuttle program. All this year, the museum is celebrating its remarkable journey from its 1982 founding to becoming part of the fabric of New York City and a world-class cultural institution. The commemoration will feature new exhibits, a preview of future restoration of historic spaces, and special virtual and in-person  programming. While celebrating its past and present, the Museum will also take an aspirational look forward at its future. Pier 86, West 46th St. and the Hudson, intrepidmuseum.org

National Museum of the American Indian

Top photo: National Museum of the American Indian George Gustav Heye Center in New York City. Photo by David Sundberg (2016).

National Museum of the American Indian George Gustav Heye Center in New York City. Photo by David Sundberg (2016).

Sitting at the foot of the Wiechquaekeck Trail, an old Algonquin trade route (you might know it better as Broadway), the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian is where the many nations of America come together in the historic Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House. 1 Bowling Green, americanindian.si.edu

The Museum of Jewish Heritage–A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

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The Museum of Jewish Heritage–A Living Memorial to the Holocaust is New York’s contribution to the global responsibility to never forget. The third largest Holocaust museum in the world, the museum anchors the southernmost tip of Manhattan and completes the cultural and educational landscape it shares with the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. 36 Battery Pl., mjhnyc.org

NYC Museums News This Week

Now Open! Pop Up Frida Kahlo Experience

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Brooklyn’s newest art experience is Frida Kahlo, The Immersive Biography Exhibition, which takes visitors into the world of the influential Mexican artist and feminist icon. Seven transformational spaces, complete with 360-degree projections and virtual reality systems, draw on the key moments of Kahlo’s life. The show is open now in Dumbo, Brooklyn.

Museum Opening—The Climate Museum

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The Climate Museum’s mission is to inspire action on the climate crisis with programming across the arts and sciences. The focus is a major new work, Someday, all this by draughtsman and sculptor David Opdyke. The exhibition is paired with a climate action incubator, where visitors can engage with the artwork. The ultimate goal is to deepen understanding, build connections, and advance just solutions. The pop up is now open in SoHo.

Now Open! The Museum of Broadway

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Ain't Misbehavin', designed by Derek McLane.

The city’s newest museum destination is The Museum of Broadway, in Times Square. This interactive, experiential museum journeys from the birth of Broadway to the present day, including a sneak peek behind the curtain into the making of a Broadway show. Costumes, props, rare photos, and videos are all on display.

Reopened
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The New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) has hosted its grand reopening. Fresh renovations are everywhere, including on the mini golf course and the Design Lab (above), which lets visitors design and build while solving creative problems.

A Major Ruscha Event at MoMA

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Ed Ruscha. Standard Station, Ten-Cent Western Being Torn in Half. 1964. Oil on canvas, 65 × 121 1/2” (165.1 × 308.6 cm). Private Collection, Fort Worth. © Edward Ruscha, photo © Evie Marie Bishop, courtesy of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

The Museum of Modern Art has announced ED RUSCHA / NOW THEN, the most comprehensive presentation of the artist’s work, and his first solo exhibition at MoMA, will be coming next year. The show will run from September 10th, 2023, through January 6th, 2024. Spanning 65 years, the exhibition will feature over 250 works, produced from 1958 to the present, in mediums including painting, drawing, prints, film, photography, artist’s books, and installation.

New Museum Exhibits in NYC

The Tudors: Art and Majesty in Renaissance England 

Quentin Metsys the Younger (1543-1589). Elizabeth I of England (“The Sieve Portrait”), 1583 Pinacoteca Nazionale di Siena, Siena

Quentin Metsys the Younger (1543-1589). Elizabeth I of England (“The Sieve Portrait”), 1583. Pinacoteca Nazionale di Siena, Siena.

We know the Tudors from centuries of pop culture portrayals, but their art and design have never had an exhibition in the United States. That changed October 10th, as the Met launched The Tudors: Art and Majesty in Renaissance England. More than 100 paintings, tapestries, and sculptures are on display, representing the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the Tudor courts. Works of art made under the patronage of all five Tudor monarchs are here, in the categories “Inventing a Dynasty,” “Splendor,” “Public and Private Faces,” “Languages of Ornament,” and “Allegories and Icons.” Through January 8th, 2023.

Vaughan Williams & Renaissance England

Sight & Sound Series at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium

Vaughan Williams: Three Portraits from The England of Elizabeth paired with artwork from the exhibition The Tudors: Art and Majesty in Renaissance England

Sunday, December 4, 2022 at 2pm
Leon Botstein, conductor

A 1955 documentary about Elizabethan England featured a score by composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. The portraits from that score, adapted by Muir Mathieson, focus on three major figures of the Tudor era: Sir Francis Drake, William Shakespeare, and Queen Elizabeth I. Experience them both together in a Sight & Sound Series performance.

A New Museum Downtown

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Jackie Robinson will be forever immortal for breaking baseball's color line, and for an all-star career that included bringing a world championship to Brooklyn in 1955. Now open, the Jackie Robinson Museum (JRM) tells the story of his life and legacy through pictures, artifacts, and and multilayered storytelling.

Opening Date for the Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation Announced!

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The American Museum of Natural History’s Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation will open to the public on Friday, February 17, 2023. Denis Finnin/ ©AMNH.

The American Museum of Natural History has announced that the Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation will open to the public on Friday, February 17th, 2023. This massive new center is inspired by natural Earth processes and will link many of the museum’s buildings, creating a continuous campus across four city blocks. Visitors cn expect an immersive theater, an insectarium dedicated to the most diverse group of creatures on the planet, a permanent butterfly vivarium, a publicly accessible library, state-of-the classrooms, and more.

Theaster Gates: Young Lords and Their Traces

Opened November 10, 2022 at the New Museum is the first American museum survey exhibition devoted to Theaster Gates, encompassing the full range of the artist’s practice. This landmark exhibition will be accompanied by a presentation of newly commissioned works by Vivian Caccuri and Miles Greenberg exploring the relationship between bodies and sound waves. “Theaster Gates: Young Lords and Their Traces” spans three floors of the museum, featuring artworks produced over the past 20 years and site-specific environments created especially for this presentation. Combining an intimate, poetic sensibility and a sense of civic commitment, Gates’s work reimagines art as a form of social sculpture that can open up new horizons even in the most surprising contemporary settings.

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Evan Levy runs fable & lark, which offers interactive museum tours inspired by great stories. See fableandlark.com for all the details.

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