New York City is home to some of the greatest museums in the world. From
medieval art and architecture at the northernmost museum, the Cloisters,
to the Ellis Island Museum of Immigration, New York City museums have
range, depth and incredible variety.
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West, 10024,
212/769-5100. Dinosaurs, mastodons and saber-tooth tigers "live"
in this museum. This cavernous structure documents the cultural history
of each continent. The IMAX Theater and the Hayden Planetarium are located
Cloisters Museum, Fort Tryon Park, 10040, 212/923- 3700. This
Metropolitan Museum branch exhibits medieval art and architecture.
Ellis Island Immigration Museum, Ellis Island, 10004. One of the
most significant moments in the life of an immigrant was passing into
this country via Ellis Island. A museum on the island chronicles the genealogical
background and history of immigration.
Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue. Modern masterpieces of art
are displayed in this landmark building, which was designed by architect
Frank Lloyd Wright.
Guggenheim Museum Soho, 575 Broadway. Modern and contemporary
art exhibits are drawn from the Guggenheim.
Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum, Pier 86 at West 46th Street and
12th Avenue, 10036. This WWII aircraft carrier was converted to display
naval technology and history as it was employed to keep the country free.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fifth Avenue and 82nd Street,
10028. Often described as the greatest art museum in the world, hundreds
of world-famous masterpieces are on display. Musical instruments throughout
the centuries and exhibits on the world's great religions are housed here.
Museum of the City of New York, Fifth Avenue and 103rd Street.
New York City's development from Dutch settlement to the present is on
Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, 10019. Great art from
the 1880s to the present is displayed in paintings, sculpture, drawings,
prints and more.
Museum of Television and Radio, 25 West 52nd Street, 10019. Some
70 years of radio and television programming are described.
Statue of Liberty Museum, Liberty Island, 10004. Accessible by
ferry, this museum tells the story of the statue, a gift from the French
in 1886 and now an American icon.