Fall is the quintessential time to visit New York City – it’s bursting with color, the weather is cool, and there is no slush on the sidewalks yet- not to mention the Macy’s Parade and the shops at Bryant Park. Between crunching the leaves underneath your feet and strolling through Central Park pretending you are in a classic NYC rom-com, there are loads of museums in the city worth checking out. While the super popular MoMA, Ellis Island, the Guggenheim Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the American Museum of Natural History are all fantastic, and you should visit them, here are some other museums you should check out while in the city.
|Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art
|The Bronx Museum of the Arts
|Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
|National Museum of the American Indian New York
|Museum of the City of New York
|The Morgan Library & Museum
|9/11 Memorial and Museum
|El Museo del Barrio
|Museum of Chinese in America
|Merchant’s House Museum
|Rubin Museum of Art
|Fotografiska New York
|Louis Armstrong House Museum
|Historical House and Museum
|Queens County Farm Museum
Founded in 1904, the Jewish Museum offers a look at Jewish art and culture throughout the centuries, and offers exhibits and programs designed to engage and inspire.
Location: Museum Mile, 1109 5th Ave at 92nd St
Get a look at true, visionary contemporary art at the New Museum. It is the only museum in the city dedicated strictly to contemporary art.
Location: 235 Bowery
Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art
The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art is dedicated to preserving the LGBTQIA+ identity, and not only showcases the work of the LGBTQIA+ community, but also fosters their creativity through their fellowship program.
Location: 26 Wooster St
The Bronx Museum of the Arts
Striving to reflect the diverse community of the Bronx, the Bronx Museum of the Arts is a free museum featuring contemporary and 20th-century arts by American artists.
Location: 1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Housed within the Andrew Carnegie mansion on Museum Mile, the Cooper Hewitt is the only museum in the US dedicated to showing historic and contemporary design. Try out their immersion room, where you can design your own wallpaper and see it on the walls around you.
Location: Museum Mile, 2 East 91st Street
National Museum of the American Indian New York
Another Smithsonian museum, the National Museum of the American Indian, houses native artifacts and offers performing arts programs, research, educational opportunities, and exhibits. Kids will love the imagiNATIONS activity center, where they can “explore scientific principles behind Native innovations and technologies that are so ingenious, many remain a part of our daily lives.”
Location: 1 Bowling Green
Get an inside look at what living as an immigrant in a tenement in New York City was like in the 19th and early 20th centuries at the Tenement Museum. They also offer neighborhood walking tours.
Location: 103 Orchard St
Museum of the City of New York
See what makes New York the great city it is – through its past, present, and future. Home to over 250,000 items from New York’s past, and featuring on-going exhibitions, it is New York like you have never seen before.
Location: 1220 Fifth Ave at 103rd St.
The Morgan Library & Museum
The Morgan is home to rare manuscripts, books, music, drawings, photography and more. Here you can see rare items like one of the few copies of the Declaration of Independence, works by Albert Einstein, a handwritten score by Mozart and other awe-inspiring works.
Location: 225 Madison Avenue
9/11 Memorial and Museum
For a more sobering experience, check out the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. Through artifacts, personal stories, and interactive displays, you get a somber look at the fateful day in 2001. The memorial pays a stunning tribute to those we lost.
Location: 180 Greenwich St
El Museo del Barrio
Dedicated to preserving the art and artifacts of Caribbean and Latin Americans, El Museo del Barrio was founded in 1969 by Puerto Rican artist Raphael Montañez Ortiz.
Location: 1230 5th Avenue at 104th Street
Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)
Look inside the Chinese communities in the U.S. through artifacts and oral histories at MOCA. Be sure to check out their special events, including performances and classes.
Location: 215 Centre Street
Merchant’s House Museum
See how the other half lived in the mid-19th century at the Merchant’s House Museum—once home to a wealthy merchant family and their servants. Check out their ghost tour in October- some believe the family never left.
Location: 29 East Fourth Street
Rubin Museum of Art
Dedicated to the ideas, culture, and art of the Himalayan culture, the Rubin Museum of Art is home to over 3,000 objects from over 1500 years. See what makes this culture truly unique.
Location: 150 West 17th St
Fotografiska New York
Fotografiska is a museum in Stockholm that holds the world’s best photography collection, and in 2019, opened its New York location. This location features five floors of “mind-expanding photography.”
Location: 281 Park Ave South
Louis Armstrong House Museum
Get an intimate look at the house Louis Armstrong lived in with his wife from 1943 until he died in 1971. Learn about his personal life in the house and his public life the attached museum.
Location: 34-56 107th Street, Queens
Queens County Farm Museum
Dating back to 1697, Queens County Farm Museum is home to one of the oldest continuously farmed lands in New York State. Guests can stroll through 47 acres and visit with the sheep, alpaca, steer and hens.
Location: 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park
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