Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

Exhibitions and cultural events at this museum, which was created in 1997, celebrate the lives of those who perished in the Holocaust.

Hours: Thru May 7, 2019: Su-Tu 10 am-6 pm, W-Th 10 am-8 pm, F 10 am-5 pm

Beginning May 8, 2019: Su-Th 10 am-9 pm (last entry 7 pm), F 10 am-5 pm (last entry 3 pm)

Admission: $16 adults, $12 seniors (65+)and patrons with disabilities, $10 students and veterans.

Museum of Modern Art

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.

Museum of Sex

This museum is dedicated to the history, evolution and cultural significance of human sexuality.

Hours: Su-Th 11 am-11 pm, F-Sa 11 am-midnight (last ticket sold two hours before closing)

Closed: Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

Admission: $17.50 M-F before 1 pm; $20.50 all other times

Museum of the American Gangster

Visitors learn about the history of organized crime in New York as they venture through an authentic Prohibition-era speakeasy, complete with photographs and artifacts like tommy guns.

Hours: Daily 1-6 pm

Admission: $20 adults, $12 seniors/students

Museum of the City of New York

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

Museum of the Moving Image

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 Encounter: Ocean Odyssey

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)

National Lighthouse Museum

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

National Museum of Mathematics

The first and only math museum in the nation offers more than 40 interactive exhibits appealing to both calculus stars and beginners in a 20,000-square-foot space.

Hours: Daily 10 am-5 pm

Admission: $17 adults, $14 seniors (60+)/students/children 2-12

National Museum of the American Indian

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. 


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