10 Best Museums in New York City (10 to 6)
10. Whitney Museum of American Art. 945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street. The Whitney focuses on 20th and 21st century American art. Unlike other museums the Whitney likes to show a large portion of the collection from living artists. Their collection includes drawings, paintings, prints, video, sculptures, and photography.
9. Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum. W 46th Street. The aircraft carrier USS Intrepid was converted to a floating museum in 1982. Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum displays a military and maritime history collection. Besides the aircraft carrier, the museum houses a submarine and airplanes. After 9/11 it became the temporary headquarters for the FBI New York City field office.
8. Jewish Museum. 1109 5th Ave at 92nd Street. The Jewish Museum, like the Frick Collection, is housed in a former Gothic mansion. One of the most comprehensive collections of Jewish culture and history.
7. The Frick Collection. 1 East 70th Street. The Frick Collection is the housed in Henry Clay Frick’s former manson on Upper East Side Manhattan. It is considered one of the finest collections of old world European paintings, sculptures, and furniture of any small museum in the US.
6. Ellis Island Immigration Museum. Access from Liberty and Ellis Island Ferry from Battery Park. Most tourists take this ferry to go to the Statue of Liberty, however, the real treat is on this trip is Ellis Island. Feel free to roam the the building to see where immigrants where processed before stepping on the shores of America. Take the free ranger guided tours to fully understand and enjoy the history.
10 Best Museums in New York City (5 to 1)
5. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. 1071 Fifth Avenue. The one museum whose building, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, might outshine its contents. The newly renovated Guggenheim Museum displays a mix of 20th and 21st century art pieces from around the world.
4. Lower East Side Tenement Museum. 108 Orchard Street. The LES Tenement Museum is my favorite museum in lower Manhattan and one that really takes you back to another time in NY history. See how people lived in New York City in the 1800s and early 1900s by taking a guided tour to their undisturbed period correct apartments. Their main office also houses great books on the history of immigration and culture in New York City.
3. MoMA – The Museum of Modern Art. 11 West 53 Street. See modern art in all its forms at MoMA. From paintings, sculptures, architecture, designs, drawings, and photography, MoMA celebrates all modern works of the last 100 years.
2. American Museum of Natural History. Central Park West at 79th Street. The American Museum of Natural History contains one of the largest collections of taxidermy in the world. The museum also contains one of the largest dinosaur collections. When you get tired of looking at animals take a look at the mineral collection including meteorites, gemstones, and more. Take the time to see the space show at the Hayden Planetarium, you will not regret it.
1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 5th Avenue and 82nd Street. Started in the 1870s, the Met, located on the eastern edge of Central Park, houses some of the best pieces of art and is one of the largest art museums in the world. They claim to have 5,000 years worth of art and a permanent collection of 2 million pieces starting with ancient art from Asia, Europe, America, and Africa. My favorite collection is their Arms and Armor Collection. The Met takes days to fully explore and always shows the best pieces from all over the world. The Met always shows several temporary art exhibits.