Top Museums in New York to Visit During Your Trip

New York is known for its world-class museums and artistic culture. Its museums are home to a wide variety of art, history, education, and culture so there’s bound to be a museum you’ll enjoy. From modern American art at the Whitney to a history lesson at the American Museum of Natural History, New York City is a haven of incredibly esteemed cultural institutions.

Planning a vacation to NYC? Our local experts put together a list of our top New York City museums that you should consider adding to your itinerary.

A few of our favorite museums are…

  • Estatua de la Libertad y Ellis Island Immigration Museum
  • 9/11 Memorial & Museum
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • The Museum of Modern Art
  • Guggenheim Museum
  • Intrepid Museum
  • Madame Tussauds New York
  • Brooklyn Museum y Botanic Garden
  • ¡Y más!

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Estatua de la Libertad y Ellis Island Immigration Museum

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Asegúrese de programar a tiempo para visitar los monumentos más emblemáticos de la ciudad de Nueva York: la Estatua de la Libertad y la Isla Ellis.

The ferry will take you to each island. First, the one with the Statue of Liberty where you can explore the grounds and get some of the best views of Lady Liberty and Downtown Manhattan. Then you’ll head over to Ellis Island, where you can visit the Immigration Museum and learn about your heritage and the important role Ellis Island played in immigration to America.

The museum features tons of authentic artifacts, including suitcases, medical records, photographs, and more, all collected during the height of Ellis Island’s history.

Please note, the Explorer Pass® provides round-trip ferry transportation only; some areas of the Statue of Liberty require separate tickets purchased in advance.

Getting in: Statue of Liberty Ferry tickets are available on the New York City Explorer Pass®.

9/11 Memorial and Museum

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Uno de los museos más populares en la ciudad de Nueva York es el 9 / 11 Memorial y Museo. Esta atracción en movimiento cuenta la historia de los eventos trágicos de septiembre 11 , 2001 de manera informativa y conmovedora.

Explore tres secciones principales en el museo: una Galería Histórica que cubre los días previos y posteriores a los ataques; la exposición In Memoriam, que destaca las vidas perdidas tanto en 1993 bombardeos y el 2001 ataques; y Foundation Hall, con las reliquias restantes de los edificios.

Luego, también está el Memorial exterior, que ahora es famoso por sus características acuáticas icónicas y elementos de diseño llamativos. ¡Asegúrate de buscar el robusto Survivor Tree!

A su llegada: 9/11 Memorial and Museum tickets are available on the New York City Explorer Pass®.

Ground Zero Museum Workshop: Hands-On 9 / 11 Excursión

Recently named one of the Top 25 Museums in the United States by TripAdvisor, the Ground Zero Museum Workshop: Hands-On 9/11 Tour is a moving and humbling exhibition that honors the lives of those affected and educates visitors about the events of 9/11.

This hands-on 9/11 tour gives you access to lots of  never-before-scene primary sources, including artifacts, photos, and first-hand accounts from survivors from the “Recovery Period,” when cameras were not allowed, making it a rare account of the day and events that followed.

If you’re traveling with kids, consider bringing them to this exhibit. It’s a very approachable and age-appropriate way to educate kids about the tragedy and subsequent recovery after the events of 9/11.

Getting in: Ground Zero Museum Workshop tickets are available on the New York City Explorer Pass®.

American Museum of Natural History

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Explora una famosa colección de fósiles de dinosaurios en uno de los mayores museos del mundo. El Museo Americano de Historia Natural (AMNH) cuenta con más de 32 millón de ejemplares que componen 45 salas permanentes, incluyendo el Salón Milstein de la vida del océano, que alberga el museo del amado 94 modelo -foot largo de una ballena azul.

You’ll discover the world’s largest virtual reality simulator in the Hayden Planetarium and venture through the 90-foot-long diorama of the Dzanga-Sangha rain forest in the Hall of Biodiversity.

In addition to its famous permanent exhibits, unique temporary exhibits add to the educational and interactive experience the museum is known for. Visit Unseen Oceans, on display until August 2019, and mess around with robotics, satellite monitoring, and more to explore unseen habitats deep beneath the ocean floor.

Getting in: American Museum of Natural History tickets are available on the New York City Explorer Pass®.

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

Si se encuentra en la zona centro de la ciudad de Manhattan, el MoMA es un destino perfecto para usted y su familia.

The MoMA has been called the most influential modern art museum in the world and its contemporary space and design make it an artist’s sanctuary.

It’s home to famous masterpieces like Monet’s “Reflections of Clouds on the Water-Lily Pond” and Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans. It boasts works by “rebel” artists like Jackson Pollack, Salvador Dali, and Dorothea Lange, too.

Los visitantes disfrutarán del alcance global de la obra de arte permanente del museo. Revise el cronograma para ver qué exhibiciones temporales tienen y asegúrese de ver una de sus películas inspiradoras.

Después de un día de plenitud artística, tomar un bocado para comer en uno de los tres cafés del MoMA o pase por el libro y Diseño tienda a recoger una impresión de una de sus piezas favoritas.

Getting in: Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) tickets are available on the New York City Explorer Pass®.

Guggenheim Museum

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It’s perhaps the most unique art museum in New York, and it’s worth the trip just to see the building itself-designed by famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Inside, the museum is an art lover’s paradise with works from artists like Cézanne, Gauguin, Manet, Monet, Picasso, Pissarro, and Renoir.

This international art house features permanent collections like The Thannhauser Collection and The Bohen Foundation Gift, as well as educational temporary exhibits. Another unique aspect of the Guggenheim is that it arranges its art in a way that makes sense historically and holistically, rather than by genre.

Si usted tiene un amor preexistente de arte o no, podrás disfrutar de los magníficos colores, texturas y diseños que componen esta institución de arte de fama mundial.

Getting in: Guggenheim tickets are available on the New York City Explorer Pass®.

Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum

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This educational and world-renowned tourist attraction brings twentieth-century history to life. The USS Intrepid is the centerpiece of this museum that houses 30 restored aircraft, a submarine, and a British Airways Concorde Jet.

Después de haber servido en la Segunda Guerra Mundial, la Guerra de Vietnam, las patrullas antisubmarinas de la Guerra Fría, y las misiones de recuperación de la NASA, este portaaviones ofrece una cuenta multidimensional del conflicto 20 siglo XX. Explora el centro de comando de misiles de alto secreto, torpedear habitaciones, el centro de ataque y comedor incluso el de la tripulación.

Don’t leave before checking out one of the Intrepid’s high-tech simulators, where you can experience what it’s like to fly a jet plane or journey through outer space.

Getting in: Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum tickets are available on the New York City Explorer Pass®.

Madame Tussauds New York

Madame Tussauds New York is a world-famous wax museum that offers visitors the ultimate celebrity experience without having to travel to Hollywood.

This unique museum contains over 200 incredibly life-like cultural icons, athletes, TV and movie characters, and more. At Madame Tussauds you can hop on a flying bike with E.T., warm up for late night TV with Jimmy Fallon, and compete to win the Hunger Games with Katniss Everdeen in the Film & TV section before posing for photos with Hollywood icons, like Denzel Washington, Jenifer Anniston, Anne Hathaway, Morgan Freeman, Taylor Lautner, Sofia Vergara, and Johnny Depp at the A-List party

Be sure not to miss their newer features, including Marvel Super Heroes 4D Experience, and Kong: Skull Island.

Getting in: Madame Tussauds New York tickets are available on the New York City Explorer Pass®.

Brooklyn Museum y Brooklyn Botanic Garden

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Explore one of the oldest and largest art museums in the country when you visit the Brooklyn Museum. It houses world-renowned permanent collections from all of the world’s cultures, including pieces from ancient times to the most contemporary works.

Dynamic exhibitions fill the museum’s halls, including displays like “Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera” and “Body Parts: Ancient Egyptian Fragments and Amulets.” Outside the museum, you’ll find the beautiful Brooklyn Botanic Garden, home to 52-acres of botanical treasures. Walk through the Cherry Esplanade to see spectacular cherry blossoms or stop to reflect at the Lily Pool Terrace.

These two New York landmarks complement each other wonderfully and should not be missed.

Getting in: Brooklyn Museum and Brooklyn Botanical Garden Combo tickets are available on the New York City Explorer Pass®.

Museum of Sex

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The Museum of Sex takes visitors on an educational exploration of human sexuality around the world from past to present. The mission of the Museum of Sex is to preserve and present the history, evolution, and cultural significance of sexuality.

In addition to over 15,000 artifacts on display, the museum constantly changes their temporary exhibits in an effort to address a wide range of once taboo topics while simultaneously highlighting material and artifacts from different cultures. Right now you can catch NSFW: Female Gaze, an exhibition co-curated by VICE Media’s creators, that showcases over 25 emerging female artists depicting a powerful feminine narrative.

Please note, visitors must be at least 18 years of age.

Getting in: Museum of Sex tickets are available on the New York City Explorer Pass®.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

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El Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) es una visita obligada en Nueva York. El Met 2 La colección de arte de millones de piezas incluye una gran variedad de piezas de todas las regiones del mundo.

The Met houses unique niche collections like The Costume Institute, Musical Instruments, and Arms & Armor, and constantly plays host to an impressive selection of ever-changing temporary exhibitions. It’s located right along Central Park, and in contrast to the MoMA, features classical, antique and vintage art in its enormous and diverse 2,000,000-piece collection.

Insider tip: head to The Rooftop Garden Café and Martini Bar for some of the best views in New York City.

Getting in: The Met tickets are included on New York Explorer Pass.

El Museo Met Cloisters

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The Cloisters Museum is a branch of the Met devoted exclusively to the art and architecture of medieval Europe.

Described by former Director of the Musée de Louvre in Paris as “the crowning achievement of American museology,” the Cloisters Museum houses over 3,000 stunning works of art and relics and the building itself features enclosed medieval gardens modeled after medieval planting standards and design elements.

It’s the perfect place to go if you want to experience the renaissance of European culture.

Getting in: The Met Cloisters tickets are included on New York Explorer Pass.

The Met Breuer

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The newest branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art family, the Met Breuer, is a stunning addition to their already stellar collection of artistic institutions. Housed in a building designed by renowned Modernist architect Marcel Breuer, the collections focus almost exclusively on contemporary and modern art.

Sirviendo como una expansión del espacio de arte moderno y contemporáneo que se ofrece actualmente en el Met, este nuevo espacio permite exhibir más fortalezas increíbles de la institución en estas áreas. Espere todo, desde escultura y pintura hasta fotografía innovadora, textiles, piezas de arte de performance y mucho más.

También ofrecen una amplia variedad de programación especial, talleres, exhibiciones itinerantes y más. Es un destino de visita obligada para los amantes del arte que exploran la ciudad de Nueva York.

Getting in: The Met Breuer tickets are included on New York Explorer Pass.

Whitney Museum of American Art

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The Whitney Museum is among New York’s finest art offerings, and their dedication to living artists is a unique contribution to the broader artistic scene.

Con su extensa muestra del arte estadounidense del siglo XX y XXI, el Whitney abre un espacio para diálogos sobre el estado del mundo del arte moderno, la importancia de la innovación y la necesidad de invertir y reconocer artistas emergentes.

A trip to the Whitney will be a one-of-a-kind experience, with exhibits like Progammed: Rules, Codes, and Choreographies in Art and Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again on display. This museum collects and showcases some of the most unique and non-traditional art, all breathtaking and awe-inspiring.

Getting in: Whitney Museum of American Art tickets are available on the New York City Explorer Pass®.

New York Historical Society

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Founded in 1804, the New York Historical Society is the oldest museum in New York City. The New York Historical Society is an American history museum and library dedicated to fostering research, presenting history and art exhibitions, and public programs that emphasize the importance of history and its significance in the world today.

The New York Historical Society Museum & Library hits the spot for anyone craving an offbeat and often surprising bite of New York City culture easily digested in an hour or two. Right next door to another cultural institution, the American Museum of Natural History, you can make this a two-in-one sightseeing experience.

Unlike the Historical Society’s next-door neighbor, this experience is much more intimate and quirky. The immersive displays offer a rich taste of New York City’s storied past, with a collection of artifacts that include 16th century arrowheads, antique toys, and more.

Getting in: New York Historical Society tickets are available on the New York City Explorer Pass®.

Museo de arte popular estadounidense

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Explore the artwork of self-taught artists from the past and present through the American Folk Art Museum’s extensive collection of  over 7,000 pieces dating from the 18th century to today.

Verás una obra de arte, posiblemente el más auténtico del arte estadounidense, en una variedad de medios interpretados con el contexto histórico, social y artístico de la cultura estadounidense de su tiempo.

Entrando: La entrada al American Folk Art Museum es gratuita.

La colección Frick

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Known for its impressive collection of Old Master paintings, European sculptures, and decorative arts, The Frick Collection offers visitors the chance to see works of art from the original private collection of the Frick family and pieces that have been acquired since Mr. Frick’s death.

Housed in one of New York City’s few remaining Gilded Age mansions, you’ll get to see masterpieces by artists like Bellini, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Gainsborough, Goya, and Whistler. See exhibitions like Masterpieces of French Faience: Selections from Sidney R. Knafel Collection and The Charterhouse of Bruges: Jan van Eyck, Petrus Christus, and Jan Vos as they display intricately designed masterpieces of European and Roman decent.

Getting in: The Frick Collection tickets are separately ticketed and not part of the Explorer Pass.

Jewish Museum

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Interested in exploring Jewish heritage? The Jewish Museum is a hub for art and Jewish culture with over 30,000 works of art, Judaica, antiques, folk art, and more – from ancient to contemporary.

Located on New York City’s Museum Mile, the museum serves as one of the oldest cultural institutions dedicated to Judaism in the world. The gorgeous, mansion-esque building invites you inside to discover a collection of paintings, ceremonial items, and media pieces that have reflected the Jewish experience over the past 4,000 years.

Entrando: las entradas para el Museo Judío se emiten por separado y no forman parte del Explorer Pass.

National Museum of the American Indian

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The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) is home to an extensive collection of art and artifacts that explore the diversity of the Native people of the Americas and plays host to a range of activities and programs, including music, dance, films, and more.

As an active member of the Smithsonian Institution, the NMAI cares for one of the world’s largest collection of Native artifacts, like photographs, historical archives, and media stories that detail the rich history of the Native American experience.

Getting in: National Museum of the American Indian is a Smithsonian museum, so admission is free.

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We hope you add a few of these world-renowned institutions to your New York City itinerary. We promise no matter which you choose to visit, you won’t be disappointed.

Remember, many (if not all) of these options are available on the New York Explorer Pass, where you can save up to 50% on combined admission vs paying at the gate.

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