- By Kevin
- On Apr 27, 2017
- North America
- Travel Tips
New York City is home to some of the most famous museums in the world. Ranging from some of the most famous pieces of art known to man to historical artifacts to hands-on fun for kids, there's a museum in NYC for every NYC Tourist. This interactive map of museums in NYC can help you find the perfect museum for your next trip! Click any of these NYC museums on the map to find out more, buy tickets and even snag some deals! Things to do & places to see in New York city you should to know:
There are a lot of museums in New York City, but you can use this map of the most popular museums in NYC to help plan and navigate your next trip to the Big Apple so that you can easily see them all (or at least quite a few of them.) Don't forget to check out one of the NYC discount cards to save big at many of the best museums in town.
To most visitors and native New Yorkers, the city’s past is told primarily through its modern icons like the Empire State Building or through its famous museums that focus more on world history than telling the tales of New York’s past. If you are able to go beyond these well known tourist attractions, there is a wealth of historical landmarks that truly document the history of one of the oldest cities in America. Here are the top 3 of these locations that are often overshadowed by more famous counterparts but due the history of New York justice.
US Custom House (1 Bowling Green): Often overlooked by those enticed by the view of the Statue of Liberty, the Alexander Hamilton US Custom House was built in 1907 on the same spot as the first settlement on the island of Manhattan. Designed by architect Cass Gilbert, the main draw of this building is the amazing Beaux Arts architecture both inside and out. Visitors are greeted by mammoth sculptures lining the outer fa?ade depicting international commerce. Inside there is a vast circular room with wood panels designed by Tiffany’s Studios and large murals by famed New York artist Reginald Marsh depicting New York marine culture. Additionally, the building currently holds the National Museum of the American Indian, run by the Smithsonian, which is free to visit.
Cathedral of Saint John the Divine (1047 Amsterdam Ave.): Saint John the Divine is the only religious location on this list and is often forgotten about in a city known for its churches. While many know of St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Trinity Church, Saint John’s boasts a very long and unique history that is unlike any building in New York. It is the fourth largest Christian church in the world and is most famous for the fact that while the building of the church began in 1892, it still remains unfinished to this day. Nicknamed St. John the Unfinished, this church is a timeline of construction techniques and styles as each change and addition has reflected the time period of which it was made. A gothic revival church that also serves as a massive art studio for some of the most unique art exhibitions you will find anywhere. These art exhibits take advantage of the almost 601 foot long cathedral which provides a perfect backdrop for some amazing art.
New York Historical Society (170 Central Park West): Located across the street from the well known National History Museum, the New York Historical Society might be the best place to learn about specific time periods in New York City’s past. While the main exhibits of the New York Historical Society change often, they frequently feature events that directly influenced New York. The museums 4th floor is packed with historical artifacts dating from the pre-revolutionary war period and as current as artifacts from 9/11. This museum was actually New York’s first, having been founded way back in 1804 and is the primary resource for anyone wishing to know the history of this great city.