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From Art To Ice Cream: New York Museums



 

There are many cultural attractions in New York City, but none compare to the number, scale, and variety of its museums. There is an institution for almost any interest, whether it be in art, history, science, or unusual themes. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, for example, houses a collection that spans 5,000 years of art history, from Stone Age artifacts to the most recent examples of modern art. And, speaking of cutting-edge art, there are a slew of institutions dedicated to it, from Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art to the New Museum and MoMA, which reopened in 2019 after a major extension and a complete overhaul. There are dozens of other types of museums, some of which are encyclopedic (The American Museum of Natural History), and some of which are focused on specific categories, such as NYC history (The New-York Historical and The Museum of the City of New York), architecture (The Skyscraper Museum), photography (International Center of Photography Museum), film (Museum of the Moving Image), sex (Museum of Sex), and e-culture (The Museum of E-culture) (New York Transit Museum). Even if you don't add all of the other museums in Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx, that's just the tip of the iceberg. The sheer amount of museums and cultural institutions in New York is mind-boggling—the city not only boasts world-class museums covering districts from the Upper East Side to the Lower East Side, but it also has entire neighborhoods dedicated to smaller galleries, such as Chelsea. There's something for everyone here, from Chinese, Hispanic, and Jewish art to photography, natural history, and cutting-edge modern art. All you have to do is figure out what that is. With this list of the greatest museums in New York City, we've got you covered no matter what your interests are.

 

Midtown West is home to the Museum of Modern Art. To pull off an acronym, you have to be cool, and the MoMA offers plenty of that with pieces by Basquiat, Warhol, and Haring, as well as a significant collection of classics like Van Gogh's "The Starry Night" and Salvador Dali's "The Persistence of Memory." Adults pay $25, students pay $14, and children under 16 pay nothing. The Frick Collection is a museum on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The Frick, whose vast landscapes and historical portraits hang in gilded frames at Henry Clay Frick's Upper East Side residence, is a must-see for old-school European art in a luxurious setting. The all-star cast includes Turner, Constable, and El Greco, plus there's a lovely courtyard to enjoy. There's also a lovely patio that will make you believe you've escaped Manhattan and arrived in the South of France for a little period. The audio guide is fantastic — it's informative, entertaining, and not overly pretentious for the average Joe. Adults pay $22, while students pay $12. (no children under 10). Wednesdays from 2 to 6 p.m., pay what you want. The Upper West Side is home to the American Museum of Natural History. Dinosaurs! Elephants! This is a whale! Only at the Natural History Museum can you exclaim these things aloud in public without offending a group of seniors just off the tour bus. It's a thrill-a-minute adventure that takes you through rainforests, up mountains, and deep underground.

 

In Hell's Kitchen, you'll find the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum. The Intrepid is for you if you enjoy blazing speeds, deafening noises, and awe-inspiring power. There's enough equipment here for a mini invasion: the former USS Intrepid's top deck is crammed with fighter planes (cue the Top Gun music), and a nuclear submarine is docked below. Allow plenty of time to see the British Airways Concorde and marvel at the gigantic NASA space shuttle, which is housed in its own pavilion, to get the most bang for your buck. Adults pay $33 and children ages 5 to 12 pay $24. For US soldiers and veterans, admission is free. And also in Corona, Queens' New York Hall of Science.

 

A true scientific museum is something Manhattan lacks, but if you're looking for tech, engineering, or math activities, head to the NYSCI at the 111th Street 7 Train stop. Since the 1964 World's Fair, it has been educating and entertaining visitors, and it presently contains over 450 exhibits. Adults pay $20 and minors pay $15. The Upper West Side is home to the New-York Historical Society. It was founded in 1804 and is the city's oldest museum. With earlier exhibitions on topics such as the Battle of Brooklyn and Muhammad Ali, art, literature, and memorabilia come together to illustrate the story of New York and the greater history of America. By the way, the hyphen in the name isn't a mistake; it's how “N” is spelled.

 

Museum of Ice Cream is a company that creates and manages interactive retail experiences, also known as "selfie museums," in major American cities and Singapore. These shows, which are usually held in stores, are brightly colored and centered around ice cream and confectionery. Visitors have used the exhibitions as backdrops for photos, and their posts on Instagram and other social media sites have helped promote the company's goods. Throughout the tour, employees serve tourists' tastes. Tickets for specified time periods must be purchased in advance, but only online.



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