Top 5 Museums in New York

New York has many museums in which you can explore everything from the beginning of time, dinosaurs, art history, to an aircraft carrier. The key is, however, to find out which ones are worth visiting during your short time in NYC. For this purpose, we have assembled a list of our top 5 museums to visit while you are in NYC. 

Especially when the good weather of the summer starts to fade, many New York City visitors decide to visit the city’s famous museums. On your next trip to NYC, do you know which museums you want to visit? We’ve compiled a list of the top 5 museums you must see in the list below.

For those of you wanting to visit more than one museum, check out the New York City Passes. These include a huge list of museums and can save you up to 50% in admission prices in combination with other attractions! Click here for more info.

1. The Museum of Modern Art

Museum of Modern Art NYC Top 5

The Museum of Modern Art houses a variety of contemporary artworks ranging from architecture and design to photography, paintings, and sculptures. Designed by Yoshio Taniguchi, the Museum of Modern Art reopened after renovations on November 20, 2004. Coinciding with MoMA’s seventy-fifth anniversary, the museum opened its redesigned space for exhibitions, education, and scholarly research.

MoMA, situated in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, welcomes approximately two and a half million visitors a year. The Museum of Modern Art has become world renowned for displaying some of the best works of art over the past 80 years.

  • Address: Museum of Modern Art, 11 W 53rd Street
  • Accessible by Subways: B, D, F, M

Save money and time by purchasing your tickets online 

2. Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum NYC Top 5The Metropolitan Museum of Art opened in 1880 and has since then been expanded to a 13 acre complex in Central Park. The original building was designed by Calvert Vaux and Jacob Frey Mould but due to the many expansions, not much of it is still visible. With 17 collections comprising of over 2 million objects and artifacts dating back to the years B.C. With different wings and buildings, this is one of the most comprehensive museums of NYC and is definitely a must-see!

  • Address: 1000 Fifth Avenue (82nd Street),
  • Accessible by Subways: 1, 4, 5, 6 to 86.St

You can buy your tickets here to skip the queue 

3. The Guggenheim Museum

Guggenheim Museum NYCThe Guggenheim Museum is as famous for its landmark building as it is for its impressive collection and daring temporary shows. The dramatic structure with its winding, cantilevered curves, was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. His only NYC building, apart from a private house on Staten Island, it caused quite a stir when it debuted in 1959. In 1992 the addition of a ten-story tower provided space for a sculpture terrace (with park views), a café and an auditorium; the museum has also an upscale restaurant. The collection includes 150 works by Kandinsky, in addition to pieces by Chagall, Picasso and Franz Marc and others.

  • Address: 1071 5th Avenue between 88th and 89th
  • Access by Subway: 4 & 6 to 86 Street

You can purchase your tickets online so that you do not have to wait in line  

4. The 9/11 Museum

MuseumThe 9/11 museum is an expansive collection of artifacts spread over 108,000 ft² and 7 floors. Videos, photos, and memories of the people who passed away will take you on an emotional allowing you to reflect on the events of September 11th. The museum explores the implications of the events on that day and shows the long-lasting impact this had on both individuals and the country as a whole.

Especially if you have seen the National 9/11 Memorial and have taken a trip to the top of the One World Trade Center which was built where the Twin Towers once stood, this surreal, yet the reflective experience is something that you will remember.

  • Address: 180 Greenwich St
  • Subway: A, C, 1, 2, 3 to Chambers Street

Tickets for the 9/11 Museum are purchasable online 

5. Museum of Natural History

RizhaUbalThe Museum of Natural history is world renowned for its world-class exhibits on the history of our universe. Exhibits show visitors everything from dinosaurs to far off galaxies and are highly educational as well as entertaining. Covering 5 floors, the museum is large enough to spend a whole day in and is a perfect day out for adults as well as kids.

Located in the heart of Manhattan close to Central Park, the American Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s greatest scientific and cultural institutions. Founded in 1869, the museum has expanded to include over 25 interconnected buildings with more than 1.2 million ft² of exhibits, research facilities, and libraries. The way in which it merges the past and the current is exemplary and makes it a highly interesting visit for curious souls of any age. Find out more about the museum’s main highlights here. 

  • Address: Central Park West / 79th St
  • Subway: B or C to 81 St (Museum of Natural History)

Skip the ticket queues at the museum and purchase your tickets here 

My conclusion: New York is well known for its amazing museums all over the world. That’s why a trip to the city even in the upcoming winter is worth it, to see all those great museums. Especially when you are the owner of the New York Pass, it’s really worth it, because there are no extra costs for it. Which museum is your favorite and why? I’m looking forward to receiving some reviews. 

About the author

I'm a true New York fan! Not only have I visited the city over 20 times but also have I spent several months here at a time. On this blog, I want to share everything I have learned and discovered, so you can have the best time in the greatest city in the world!

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