The American Museum of Natural History is a popular attraction and one of the largest natural history museums in the world. The museum houses a vast collection of artifacts, displays and exhibits, all geared to reveal secrets of the beautiful natural world. The visit begins with skeletons and live-size replicas of elephants, dinosaurs and other extinct creatures, which welcome you as you enter the main hall. Other points of interest include the Hall of Human Biology and Evolution, the Hall of Meteorites, a vast collection of gemstones, an IMAX theater and the Rose Center for Earth and Space planetarium shows (at extra cost), as well as a research library. The museum offers a number of specially customized public and group tours as well as educational programs and trips, enabling visitors to explore the exhibits in detail. Please note, there are separate entry fees for certain exhibitions and programs, the IMAX theater and shows at the Rose Center for Earth and Space. Please check the website for more details.
Walk the deck of the 900-foot (274-meter) aircraft carrier Intrepid, best known for its role in World War II, and witness thought-provoking exhibits on aviation as well as deep sea and space exploration. Tour a submarine and take a virtual flight, in addition to viewing vintage and modern airplanes parked wing to wing. The interactive programs and events are designed for all ages and guarantee an educational yet fun experience. The stunning interiors and the panoramic views on the outside make The Intrepid a must-visit.
Rubin Museum of Art (RMA) is one of the few museums committed to preserving and promoting art from the Himalayas and surrounding regions. It caters to everyone; experts, professors, art enthusiasts, and young children. The museum is always conducting various public and educational programs and hosts several changing exhibitions. The main draw here is a rare collection of paintings, sculptures and textiles dating back 2000 years.
A prominent landmark of Jewish immigration from Eastern Europe to the United States, the Eldridge Street Synagogue houses the Museum at Eldridge Street. It is the founders of this museum who took the initiative of a massive renovation and restoration project on the synagogue, and are solely responsible for the majestic glory in which it stands today. The museum tells the tale of how the synagogue came to be founded, storing vast collections of artifacts and documents that are valuable to the Jewish history in the country. There are walking tours and other programs organized by the museum which take visitors through the various aspects of the synagogue's existence. See the website or call for more information.
The New York City Fire Museum is an ode to those at the forefront of the city's safety. Having shifted base a number of times since its inception, the museum now occupies a refurbished firehouse dating back to 1904. The collection on display features steam engines, model fire trucks, cutting edge fire-fighting equipment and gear from the late 18th Century to the present day. The fire related artifacts and memorabilia celebrate the trajectory of the FDNY and honor its heritage. Pay your respects to the 343 firefighters that lost their lives in the 9/11 terror attacks and view objects recovered from Ground Zero. Engage yourself with stories of courage narrated by retired firemen as well as a fire safety education session.
This museum explores the history and stories surrounding the terrorist attacks that destroyed the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001. Located at the 9/11 Memorial site, the National September 11 Memorial Museum offers a location to learn not only about that fateful day, but also about the men and women who lost their lives in the tragic events. The underground museum has a wide range of artifacts and exhibits, including multimedia displays, radio broadcasts from the day and interactive displays where visitors can record their own stories. Perhaps the most touching exhibit is the Foundation Hall where you can see the remaining wall from the Center as well as the "Last Column," which was covered by missing posters and remembrances.
William S. Paley played a significant role in shaping radio and television broadcasting in the 20th Century. The Paley Center for Media is at the forefront of the ever-evolving global media and examines its effect on society. They are curators of over 150,000 television shows, radio productions and commercials, as well as key events in history like Neil Armstrong’s voice clip from the moon. Listen to radio programs from back in the day or watch re-runs of I Love Lucy, a feat that promises a nostalgic experience for entertainment history buffs and television junkies. Visitors can also glance through their collection on their online database.
Inspired by one of the world's most fascinating tales, Gulliver’s Travels, fascinating miniature worlds come to life at this exceptionally unique museum called Gulliver’s Gate. Located in the heart of New York City, this museum exhibits miniature replicas of several cities across the globe. The first sensational city-in-miniature to explore is New York City where you will see replicas of famous pizzerias, boutiques and even world-famous Times Square. They also have fascinating exhibits of places located in Latin America, the Middle East, Asia and Europe. The work is so detailed and realistic, that you'll be sure to lose yourself in this miniature world.
Founded in 1985, the Greater Astoria Historical Society was formed to preserve and protect the rich history of Long Island City. This community offers many amenities to the visitors such as trips, walking tours and even presentations to the tourists to let them know about Long Island and its history and also the work that the community does. The facility that they own includes a huge exhibit space where many events and exhibitions are held.
Displaying an extensive collection of locks and vaults used around the world, John M. Mossman Lock Collection is sure to impress you. The exhibits include samples from 4000 BCE to the 20th Century. Among these are more than 370 locks, keys and other special tools required for locking. Also on display are rare made-to-order locks, and almost all these locks have been known to preserve money behind their doors and safes. Open for visits, the museum's collection belongs to John M. Mossman, who had also written 'Lure of the Lock' a well-researched book on the history and mechanisms of locks.
This museum was founded in 1901 by a group of American illustrators, including the likes of Maxfield Parrish and Frederic Remington to promote the art of illustration. The place hosts on-site exhibitions and traveling shows of both past and present subjects, and their permanent collection is open to the public; it includes works by N.C. Wyeth and Norman Rockefeller. The Norman Price Library also hosts a large collection of works relating to the art of illustration, and there is a museum shop. Be sure to check out the annual exhibition, which awards prizes to innovative artists each spring.