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Abigail Adams Smith Museum 
421 East 61 St, Manhattan
Fine example of Federal style stonework, built in 1799 as the carriage house for the country estate of Abigail Adams Smith, daughter of president John Adams.

Alice Austen House 
2 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island
A gingerbread cottage along Narrows Waterway, exhibits Austen's turn-of-the-century documentary photographs. Great view of NY Harbor and Verrazano Bridge.

Alternative Museum 
Broadway at 155 St, Manhattan
Membership organization of American artists, architects, writers and composers, sponsors three exhibitions annually in March, May-June, November-December.

American Academy of Arts and Letters 
633 W 155 St, Manhattan
This is America's most prestigious showcase for contemporary crafts, such as ceramics, jewelry, quilts.

American Finance Museum
48 Wall Street, Manhattan
The nation's only independent public museum to chronicle American financial history.

American Folk Art Museum
45 W. 53rd St, Manhattan
The only institution in the United States devoted exclusively to the exhibition of American folk art.

American Museum of the Moving Image 
35th Av at 36th St, Queens
Only U.S. film, video and television museum. Located at Kaufman Astoria Studios complex. Significant site in American film history.

American Museum of Natural History 
Central Park West at 79 St, Manhattan
With 34 million artifacts, the museum's collection documents the history of the earth, animals and humanity. Museum complex also includes Hayden Planetarium, the Natural Science Center and Naturemax Theater.

American Numismatic Society 
96 Fulton Street, Manhattan
One of the world's foremost collections of coins and medals with changing exhibits.

Asia Society Galleries 
725 Park Av at 70 St, Manhattan
Permanent Asian art collection, including John D. Rockefeller's collection, and changing exhibits in refined surroundings.

Audubon Terrace 
Broadway at 155 St, Manhattan
One of earliest U.S. cultural complexes. Four museums and galleries built 1904-23, in Spanish Renaissance style, lining long, sculptured plaza.

Bartow-Pell Mansion 
Shore Road North, Bronx
Elegant mid-17th century mansion has manicured formal gardens and examples of 19th century decorative arts.

Black Fashion Museum 
155 West 126 St, Manhattan
School and museum of African and African-American design and memorabilia. 

Bowne House 
37-01 Bowne St, Flushing, Queens
Built 1661, home of John Bowne, NYC landmark. Exhibits feature collection of 17th, 18th and 19th century decorative arts, painting and furniture.

The Bronx Museum of the Arts 
1040 Grand Concourse at 165 St, Bronx 
Exhibitions of modern and contemporary art by both established and new artists.

Brooklyn Children's Museum 
145 Brooklyn Av, Brooklyn
The world's first children's museum offers more than 50,000 technological and historical artifacts.

Brooklyn Historical Society 
128 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn
Explores the history of Brooklyn through various exhibits.  Its library, founded in 1863, has a premier collection of research materials, and the archive and manuscript collections are available for use by appointment.

Brooklyn Museum of Art 
200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn
New York's second-largest museum features a world-famous Egyptology collection and Rodin gallery.

Children's Museum of Manhattan 
72 Spring Street, Manhattan
Fosters intercultural understanding between Native peoples and non-natives by providing accurate historical, cultural, and contemporary programming to children, parents, and teachers.

Children's Museum of the Arts 
182 Lafayette Street, Manhattan
Hands-on, interactive galore; performing and visual arts; Monet Ball Pond - put your child into the famous paintings. Activities change daily.

Children's Museum of the Native American 
550 West 155 St, Manhattan
Fosters intercultural unerstanding between Native peoples and non-natives by providing accurate historical, cultural, and contemporary programming to children, parents, and teachers.

The Cloisters 
Fort Tryon Park, Manhattan
Medieval European architecture and art, reflected in this museum with garden views of Hudson River and Palisades. Its works include the famous Unicorn Tapestries.

Conference House 
7455 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island
226-acre park site with manor house where, in 1776, Benjamin Franklin and contingent of Americans refused peace offer demanding return of colonies to British rule two months after Declaration of Independence. 
MTA Staten Island Railway to Tottenville

Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum (Smithsonian Institution) 
2 East 91 St, Manhattan
Housed in the restored Andrew Carnegie mansion, the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Design owns extensive decorative-art collections.

Dia Art Foundation 
548 West 22 St, Manhattan
Commissions, supports, and presents site-specific installations and long-term exhibitions of work by noted artists of the 1960s and ‘70s, as well as those of younger generations, at several sites in NYC.

Dyckman Farmhouse Museum 
4881 Broadway at 204 St, Manhattan
The only remaining Dutch Colonial farmhouse in Manhattan, rebuilt in 1785 due to occupation by both armies during American Revolution. 
Contains a collection of 18th and 19th century furnishings and objects of the Dyckman family.

El Museo del Barrio 
1230 Fifth Av at 104 St, Manhattan
Major U.S. Latin American cultural institution is the only U.S. museum of Puerto Rican arts and culture.

Ellis Island 
New York Harbor, Manhattan
By ferry from Battery Park. This was the entry point for more than 11 million immigrants from 1892 to 1954. The main halls have been restored as a museum. 

Federal Hall National Memorial 
26 Wall St, Manhattan
Site of Washington's inauguration in 1789, the memorial's exhibits illustrate historic events, such as the drafting and adoption of the Bill of Rights.

Fraunces Tavern Museum 
54 Pearl St, Manhattan
Site of Washington's farewell address to his troops, the museum explores the history and culture of 18th and early 19th century America.

Frick Collection 
1 East 70 St, Manhattan
Many of the finest works of European masters and decorative arts from the 14th to the 19th centuries are housed in the former mansion of Henry C. Frick.

Garibaldi-Meucci Museum 
420 Tompkins Av, Staten Island
Home of Antonio Meucci, early inventor of working telephone (before Alexander Graham Bell). Giuseppe Garibaldi, unifier of Italy, spent forced exile here (1850-54). 
Exhibits honor both men.

The Grey Art Gallery at New York University 
100 Washington Square East, Manhattan
Established in 1975 as New York University's fine arts museum, the gallery is renowned for thought-provoking, imaginative, and cutting-edge exhibitions.

Guggenheim Museum 
1071 Fifth Av, Manhattan
The museum is a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed landmark holding a permanent collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary masterpieces.

Harbor Defense Museum, Fort Hamilton 
101st St & Ft. Hamilton Parkway, Brooklyn
Preserves the history and evolution of New York City’s coastal defense systems and exhibits a fine collection of military artifacts from the Revolutionary War to World War II.

Hispanic Society of America Museum 
Broadway at 155 and 156th Sts, Manhattan
Magnificent paintings by El Greco, Velasquez, Jose de Ribera. Ceramics and craftworks adorn this institution specializing in Hispanic art, history and literature.

Historic Richmond Town 
441 Clarke Av, Staten Island
New York's vibrant heritage comes alive at this 100-acre site. Many of the 27 buildings spanning three centuries are authentically restored and furnished.

International Center of Photography 
This is New York's only museum devoted exclusively to photography. 
1133 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd St, Manhattan

Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum 
Pier 86, West 46 St and Hudson River, Manhattan
Aboard the aircraft carrier Intrepid (CVS-11), one of the most successful ships in US history, and now a national historic landmark, the Museum is dedicated to promoting the awareness and understanding of history, science, and service through its collections, exhibitions and programming.

Jacques Marchais Center of Tibetan Art 
338 Light House Av, Staten Island
Serene temple-like building houses one of largest exhibitions of Tibetan art in the Western Hemisphere.
Distinctive grounds include terraced gardens, lotus pond and views of New York Bay. 

Japan Society Gallery 
333 East 47 St, Manhattan
Special exhibitions on Japanese life and culture from paintings and performances to ceramics by contemporary Japanese artists.

Jewish Museum 
1109 Fifth Av at 92 St, Manhattan
Dedicated to preserving and interpreting Jewish culture. Collection contains over 27,000 works of art and artifacts spanning over four millennia of Jewish history.

King Manor Museum 
Jamaica Av btw 150 and 153rd Sts, Queens
Home of Rufus King, delegate to Constitutional Convention, 1787, who played an important part in forging the Constitution. 
He was noted for his antislavery stance throughout his political career. 

Lefferts Historic House 
Prospect Park, Brooklyn
One of the few surviving Dutch farmhouses in Brooklyn, furnished to reflect daily life in the 1820s.

Lower East Side Tenement Museum 
97 Orchard St, Manhattan
This "living history" museum is devoted to the urban immigrant experience.

Maritime Industry Museum
SUNY Maritime College, Pennyfield Av 
Offers one of the largest collections of maritime industry materials in the country.  Exhibits include paintings, models of early sailing vessels, clipper ships, turn-of-the-century vessels up to and including the present day, as well as tools and navigational instruments of bygone days to modern times.

Merchants House Museum
29 East 4th St, Manhattan
Historic landmark built in 1832 displays original furnishings and antique clothing. Greek revival parlors, Rococo revival bedrooms and garden.

Metropolitan Museum of Art 
Fifth Av at 82 St, Manhattan
Its collections include more than two million works of art spanning 5,000 years of world culture, from prehistory to the present, and from every part of the globe.

Morris-Jumel Mansion 
West 160 St at Edgecombe Av, Manhattan
One of New York's oldest homes, this mansion served as George Washington's headquarters in 1776.

Museum for African Art 
36-01 43rd Av, Long Island City, Queens 

Museum of American Illustration, Society of Illustrators 
128 East 63 St, Manhattan
The Society of Illustrators' collection is on rotating, permanent display. Annual exhibition features the best in editorial, advertising and book art.

Museum of Arts & Design 
2 Columbus Circle, Manhattan
This is America's most prestigious showcase for contemporary crafts, such as ceramics, jewelry, quilts.

Museum of Chinese in the Americas 
70 Mulberry St, Manhattan
Permanent exhibitions on the Chinese-American experience.

Museum of Jewish Heritage 
18 First Place in Battery Park City
Created as a living memorial to the Holocaust, the museum honors those who died by celebrating their lives.

Museum of Modern Art 
11 West 53rd St, Manhattan
Originally founded as an educational institution, today the museum exhibits the world's finest collection of modern and contemporary art.

Museum of the City of New York 
1220 Fifth Av at 103rd St, Manhattan
A showcase of NYC life and history, exhibits range from photographs of old New York to mannequins in period costumes to antique fire engines.

National Academy Museum & School of Fine Arts
1083 Fifth Av btw 89th and 90th St, Manhattan
Located in one of Fifth Avenue's most elegant townhouses, the Academy displays a rich variety of painting, sculpture and other art exhibits.  The exhibition galleries and lobby of the National Academy Museum will be closed for renovations from July 2010 to September 2011.  While under renovation, the Academy will continue to host the evening roundtable discussion, “The Review Panel,” and the School will maintain a full class schedule.

National Museum of the American Indian (Smithsonian Institution) 
Broadway at Bowling Green, Manhattan
One of the world's finest and most comprehensive assemblages of artifacts spanning 10,000 years of Native American heritage.

Neue Galerie New York 
1048 Fifth Av at 86th St, Manhattan
Museum devoted to early 20th century German and Austrian art and design.

New Museum of Contemporary Art 
The New Museum is currently building a new, state-of-the-art facility on the Bowery scheduled to open in late 2007. The Museum continues to present programs around the city and to operate a store at the Chelsea Art Museum, 556 W 22 St at 11 Av.

New York City Fire Museum 
278 Spring St, Manhattan
One of the world's largest collections of fire-fighting memorabilia and apparatus from the colonial period to the present.

New York Hall of Science 
47-01 111th St, Queens
Hands-on science and technology museum. Hundreds of exhibits examine and explore the fun and excitement of science.

New York Transit Museum 
Schermerhorn St & Boerum Pl, Brooklyn
The nation's only museum devoted exclusively to urban public transit.

New York Transit Museum at Grand Central 
Just off the Main Concourse in the Shuttle Passage, next to the Station Master’s Office
Gift shop and gallery annex presenting changing exhibits.

New-York Historical Society 
170 Central Park West at 77 St, Manhattan
Operating since 1804, its collection spans four centuries and documents the history, culture, diversity, and continuing evolution of the United States and New York.

Nicholas Roerich Museum 
319 West 107 St, Manhattan
Honors Russian artist whose colorful career included archaeological excavations, expeditions to Far East, inspiring paintings of Himalayas and set design.

Noguchi Garden Museum 
32-37 Vernon Blvd, Queens
50 works by internationally renowned sculptor Isamu Noguchi. Film documenting his stage set designs for Martha Graham Dance Company. 

NYC Police Museum 
100 Old Slip between Water and South Sts, Manhattan
One of the world's largest collections of police memorabilia. 

Paley Center for Media
25 West 52 St, Manhattan
Examines the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging media platforms.

P.S.1 Museum 
22-25 Jackson Av, Queens
Built in 1890s, oldest municipal school building in Queens, now home to Institute for Contemporary Art, features exhibits and performances, film and video screenings.

Pieter Claesen Wyckoff House Museum 
Clarendon Road & Ralph Av, Brooklyn
Dutch colonial farmhouse is oldest surviving building in New York State, originally built in 1652. Restored period rooms, demonstrations of colonial crafts and Dutch holidays.

Poe Cottage 
2640 Grand Concourse (at Kingsbridge Rd), Bronx
Last residence (1846-1849) of Edgar Allan Poe, one of America's earliest literary masters, generally acknowledged as the inventor of the modern short story form. House tour and audiovisual show bring to life Poe's surroundings.

Queens County Farm Museum 
73-50 Little Neck Pkwy, Queens
Restored 18th century farmhouse and NYC landmark. Working farm has barnyard animals representing Queens' rural history and agriculture. 

Queens Museum of Art 
NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens
Exhibitions of painting, sculpture, drawing and photography.

Rubin Museum of Art 
150 West 17 St, Manhattan
The museum’s collection of more than 2,000 works of art includes some of the finest examples of Himalayan paintings, sculptures, textiles, ritual objects, and prints spanning the 2nd to the 20th century.

The Skylight Gallery at the Bedford Styvesant Restoration
1368 Fulton St, Brooklyn
The Skylight Gallery features artwork by up to 150 emerging and established visual artists from throughout the African Diaspora each year, and provides opportunities for community artists to present their work.

Skyscraper Museum 
39 Battery Place, Manhattan 
The museum features high-rise buildings as objects of design, products of technology, sites of construction, investments in real estate, and places of work and residence.

South Street Seaport Museum 
South and Fulton Sts at Pier 16, Manhattan
Huge sailing ships anchored in the East River, museum, galleries, shops, restaurants and special events.

Staten Island Children's Museum 
1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island
Superb exhibits are interactive and hands-one. Educational and fun.

Staten Island Museum 
75 Stuyvesant Place, Staten Island
Staten Island's oldest cultural institution. Vast art, history and natural science collections, including fine decorative arts, scientific specimens and regional archival holdings. 500,000 insects in entomology collection.
MTA Staten Island Railway to St George

Studio Museum in Harlem 
144 West 125 St, Manhattan
The newly renovated museum features exhibitions from famous and new African-American artists as well as those from Caribbean and African artists.

Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace 
28 East 20 St, Manhattan
Reconstruction of the former president's birthplace and home for his first 15 years. Much of the family's original furniture is on display.

Trinity Church and Museum 
89 Broadway at Wall St, Manhattan
Originally chartered in 1697. Sandstone church is a major NYC icon. Burial place of Alexander Hamilton, Robert Fulton, William Bradford.

Ukranian Museum 
222 E 6 St between 2 and 3 Avs, Manhattan
Ukranian art - paintings, costumes, decorative ceramics, jewelry. 

Valentine-Varian House/Museum of Bronx History 
3266 Bainbridge Av, Bronx
Built in 1758 and beautifully restored former residence of Isaac Varian, Mayor of NYC from 1839 to 1841.

Van Cortlandt House Museum 
Broadway and 246 St, Bronx
18th-century manor museum with furnishings from Colonial through post-Revolutionary periods.

Vander Ende-Onderdonk House 
1820 Flushing Av, Ridgewood, Queens
Built 1709, prime example of early Dutch-American farmhouse. Greater Ridgewood Historical Society provides local history, craft courses, tours, horticultural and preservation programs.

Visual Arts Museum 
209 East 23 St, Manhattan
Guest curators mount four exhibitions a year; fall retrospective exhibitions honoring significant 20th century visual communicators. 

Voelker Orth Museum
Bird Sanctuary and Victorian Garden
149-19 38th Ave, Flushing, Queens
Purchased in the late 19th century, the structure was the home of one family for nearly its entire history, and has changed little since its early days.  Today, it preserves and presents the historical and cultural heritage of Queens and Long Island through educational programs, workshops, lectures, exhibits, and musical events.

Whitney Museum of American Art 
945 Madison Av at 75 St, Manhattan
Houses what many critics consider the foremost collection of 20th century American art.