One of the world’s greatest repositories of 20th-century art contains masterpieces by van Gogh, Picasso and Matisse, a sculpture garden and an extensive film collection.
Daily 10:30 am-5:30 pm, F until 8 pm
Admission: $25 adults, $18 seniors (65+), $14 students, age 16 and under and F 4-8 pm free
The museum’s final day of general admission is June 15, 2019. On Oct. 21, 2019, the museum reopens its expanded campus and reimagined presentation of modern and contemporary art.
This museum is dedicated to the history, evolution and cultural significance of human sexuality.
Hours: Su-Th 10:30 am-11 pm, F-Sa 10:30 am-midnight (last ticket sold one hour before closing)
Closed: Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
Admission: $17.50 M-F before 1 pm; $20.50 all other times
New York City’s past, present and future are illustrated through paintings, photographs, toys, theatrical costumes, manuscripts and more that reflect the city’s rich diversity. The collection contains approximately 750,000 items. Throughout the year, temporary exhibitions and public programs educate, inform and delight the public.
The permanent exhibition, “New York at Its Core,” is a three-gallery, high-tech look at the city’s 400-year history.
Hours: Daily 10 am-6 pm
Suggested admission: $18 adults, $12 seniors (65+)/students, age 19 and under free
The art, history, technique and technology of film, television and digital media are explored through exhibitions, programs and the nation’s largest permanent collection of moving-image artifacts.
Hours: W-Th 10:30 am-5 pm, F 10:30 am-8 pm, Sa-Su 10:30 am-6 pm
Admission: $15 adults, $11 seniors (65+)/students, $9 ages 3-17, children under 3 and F 4-8 pm free
National Geographic’s immersive and interactive experience is an underwater walk-through adventure that takes explorers into the depths of the Pacific Ocean, where they encounter a life-size humpback whale and witness a battle between predatory Humboldt squid, among other rarely seen occurrences in nature. The journey, using cutting-edge digital technology and National Geographic’s photorealistic animation and projections, lasts approximately 90 minutes.
Opening hours: Su-Th 10 am-9 pm, F-Sa 10 am-10 pm (last ticket sold one hour before closing)
Located in St. George, Staten Island, on the site of the former U.S. Lighthouse Service General Depot, the National Lighthouse Museum is devoted to the preservation of lighthouses—as well as the interpretation of objects related to lighthouses—throughout the nation. While at the museum, visitors learn about the heritage of the American lighthouse through educational programs, publications, films, festivals, living history, lighthouse trails, conferences and more. The museum is adjacent to the Staten Island Ferry.
Hours: Tu-Su 11 am-5 pm
Winter hours: Tu-Su 11 am-4 pm
Housed in the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, and one of the few branches of the Smithsonian Institution that is located outside Washington, D.C., this is the nation’s first museum to promote Native American history, culture, languages and arts in exhibitions culled from the Smithsonian’s extensive collection of decorative and functional ethnographic objects, including beadwork, stone carvings, painted hides, turquoise jewelry, fur clothing, skin kayaks and moose hair embroidery.
Within the original footprints of the Twin Towers are two massive pools consisting of 30-foot cascading waterfalls and parapets, on which are inscribed the names of nearly 3,000 victims from the 9/11 attacks in New York, at the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania, as well as the Feb. 26, 1993, World Trade Center bombing. Adjacent to the memorial is a museum detailing the history and impact of 9/11 by means of recovered artifacts and multimedia displays.
Memorial Hours: Daily 7:30 am-9 pm
Memorial admission: Free