Did you know that New York has one of the highest numbers of museums in the world? And we want to share some of the best museums in the city that you should visit on your upcoming New York trip.
Roughly 66 million people visit New York City each and every year. And with so many incredible sights, experiences, and landmarks to enjoy, it really is no wonder why. From Times Square and Central Park to the State of Liberty and the Empire State Building, NYC has a whole range of things to see and do, making it one of the best cities in all of the United States.
1. National Museum of the American Indian
The National Museum of the American Indian is one of few free museums in New York. And it delves into the culture of the indigenous peoples of the Americas. Opened in 1994, the museum’s New York location aims to educate people about more than 1,200 indigenous cultures of the Americas and their unique traditions.
Opening Hours: 10 AM to 5 PM, Monday to Sunday.
Price: Entrance to the museum is completely free.
2. The 9/11 Memorial and Museum
The 9/11 Memorial and Museum or National September 11th Museum is split into two parts. And the memorial section of the attraction is completely free to enter. The museum, however, does require a ticket. But all ticket sales help fund the memorial. So it’s money well spent, in our opinion.
Price: Free admission to the memorial. Museum admission is $33 per adult, $27 for children aged 13 to 17, and $21 for children aged 7 to 12. Children under 6 enter free.
3. The Museum of Modern Art
The Museum of Modern Art is another must-visit for art lovers visiting New York. Not only does the museum house countless pieces of contemporary American art and modern art. But it also contains artwork from famous painters like Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol. It’s not every day you get to see some of the world’s most famous artwork like Starry Night, is it?
Price: Adult tickets are $28, while children under 16 are free.
4. The American Museum of Natural History
By far, our family’s favourite museum in all of New York is the American Museum of Natural History, as there are just so many interesting exhibits to explore. Founded in 1869, the Natural History Museum has become one of the world’s distinguished scientific, educational, and cultural institutions.
Price: Adult tickets are $28, while child tickets (ages 3 to 12) are $16.
5. The Guggenheim
The Guggenheim is an art museum in New York that was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1944. The museum is the permanent home of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, early Modern, and contemporary art, which spans over six storeys.
Price: Adult tickets are $30, while children under 12 are free.
6. The Ellis Island Museum of Immigration
Admission to The Ellis Island Museum of Immigration is free. However, you will need to purchase ferry tickets to get over to the island itself. Housed inside the former immigration complex, the museum showcases the history of America’s immigration through historical records, photographs, and heirlooms.
Price: Admission to the museum is free. However, a ferry ticket to both Liberty and Ellis Island starts at $24.50 per person.
7. The Museum of Math
The National Museum of Mathematics, also known as MoMath, is a museum dedicated to mathematics located in New York City. It was founded in 2012 and is situated at 11 East 26th Street in Manhattan. The museum’s mission is to enhance public understanding and perception of mathematics, making it more accessible and engaging for people of all ages.
Price: Adult $25.00, Child (2–12 years old) $20.00
8. The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art—AKA The Met—is the largest art museum in the Americas. In 2022, The Met welcomed over three million visitors, making it the third most visited US museum.
Containing over two million works that are divided among 17 departments, The Met is a museum not to be missed, especially if you’re a big fan of art.
Price: Adult tickets are $30, while children under 12 enter for free.
9. Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
The Intrepid Museum is an American military and maritime history museum in New York City. And if you have boat, plane, and space shuttle-loving little ones, it is a must-visit when spending time in New York.
The museum’s aircraft carriers contain the world’s first space shuttle, a nuclear weapons-carrying submarine, and dozens of military aircraft—some of which were used in World War II.
Price: Adult tickets are $36, while children aged 5 to 12 are $26, and kids under 4 are free.
10. Museum of Ice Cream
You can find one of the most colourful, fun, and unique museums in all of New York at the Museum of Ice Cream. The Museum of Ice Cream is a pink-painted museum with photo-friendly exhibits that are based around all things ice cream.
Price: Adult tickets are $22, while children under 18 enter for free. See more Museums to visit in New York
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