Guide Your Trip To New York City, The Best Museums Around The New York City

  1. By Kevin
  2. On May 25, 2017
  3. North America
  4. Travel Tips

There is simply no place in the United States as brimming with opportunities as New York City. Just come with to guide your trip to New York City. Those of us who live here open our doors to incredible options each and every day: The chance to experience the best and newest in the worlds of art, theater, dance, and music; the ability to feast on expertly prepared foods from all over the world; the belief that we can make our voices heard on political issues, in this news media capital of the nation; and the opportunity to meet today’s movers and shakers. The ambitious come here because they know that if they want to achieve a certain level of prominence in their careers or in the eyes of the world, New York is the place to do it. (Are you humming, “If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere," right now?)

Guide Your Trip To New York City

There’s a factual basis to this New Yorker’s pride. Because of the density and diversity of our population; our long history as a center of commerce and ideas; our access to the United Nations, Wall Street, and the opinion makers of Madison Avenue; and endless other resources, there’s simply more here than in other places. And if that claim seems extreme, well, you’ll just have to regard boastfulness as another unavoidable characteristic of “the Big Apple.” What would New Yorkers be without our big mouths?

In visiting New York, you, too, are opening yourself up to a world of wonderful opportunities. In fact, that’s what can make New York so intimidating to visitors: There are just so many darn choices. But we've sorted through a myriad of options, selecting some favorites to help you hit the city’s highlights.

Best All-Around Museum: The Metropolitan Museum of Art. It’s a case of more is more; the largest museum in the Western Hemisphere is also the finest museum-going experience in New York. How could it not be with the variety of treasures this fabled institution holds, from an actual ancient Egyptian temple to murals from a Pompeian villa, to masterworks by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Gogh, and on and on.

Best History Museum: The Tenement Museum. Usually historic sites tell the tales of the rich and powerful. This tiny museum recalls a more moving story: that of immigrants who made their first “New World” homes in this actual tenement. Visiting here is an emotionally powerful experience.

Guide Your Trip To New York City

Best Art Museum that People Outside New York Love to Tell You They Love the Most: The Frick Collection. The Frick is stately, restrained, elegant, and humble. It’s also home to an unrivaled collection that focuses on quality over quantity—making visitors feel like they discovered a secret art haven.

Best New York Museum about New York: The New-York Historical Society. The introductory film alone is worth the cost of admission. Along with the ever-changing exhibits on New York history, be sure to head to the third floor for eye-popping displays of fine furniture, Tiffany lamps, paintings, and more.

Best Museum for Hipsters: PS 1 Contemporary Art Center. The Queens offshoot of the Museum of Modern Art not only displays the most adventurous of contemporary art, it holds a groovy series of outdoor parties each summer, and houses a dazzling restaurant (M. Welles Dinette) on its ground floor. Coming here is always an adventure.

Best Home Posing as a Museum: The Louis Armstrong House Museum. This unassuming house in Queens was Satchmo’s home for almost 30 years, and it’s been preserved almost exactly as it was when he died in 1971. A memorable and moving visit.