History Museums in New York City

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  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, MN5,362 contributions
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    A selection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's medieval art collection is housed in this beautiful re-creation of a French monastery and sits atop of Fort Tryon Park with scenic views of the adjacent Hudson River. It felt like a hidden gem as it wasn't overly crowded when we visited on a Saturday afternoon and strolling around this beautiful building and grounds is almost as enjoyable as the viewing the art found inside. Make sure to include having a drink in the outdoor cafe located in a lovely courtyard. Although overpriced, it provides a relaxed experience in a beautiful setting. Getting to the Met Cloisters requires some effort as it is located at the extreme northwest end of Upper Manhattan, but the subway stops nearby, and it is a pleasant and only mildly strenuous hike through the park. Closed on Wednesdays. $30 entrance fee but this also provides same day entrance to the main Metropolitan Museum of Art location as well.
    Written 10 July 2024
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  • jeep_girl_00
    St. John's, Canada1,888 contributions
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    The Museum of Sex in Manhattan is a one-of-a-kind attraction that offers a unique blend of education and entertainment. The first level welcomes you with a diverse store filled with all kinds of toys and novelties. It sets the stage for what's to come!

    Venturing to the next level, the museum itself unfolds with thought-provoking exhibits that explore various aspects of human sexuality. It's both informative and intriguing.

    But the real fun begins on the upper levels—an adult playground, carnival-style, awaits! From watching shows to playing games like Pole Star and Karma Ultra, there's something for everyone. Don't miss the slide that takes you down to a bar—a thrilling way to end your visit!

    Overall, the Museum of Sex is an exhilarating experience that challenges perceptions and encourages playfulness. Whether you're visiting solo, with friends, or a partner, it's a must-see attraction in Manhattan. Highly recommended for a fun and memorable outing!
    Written 30 June 2024
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  • Razorfish
    Little Rock, AR5,179 contributions
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    My family visited Ellis Island after going to Liberty Island to see the Statue of Liberty. The story of the immigrants coming to start a new life is fascinating. The old photos are riveting. The medical examinations that they had to undergo was eye opening. Ellis Island is definitely worth a visit to better understand the desires of people who hungered for freedom and to get a new start in life.
    Written 13 July 2024
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  • batmom99
    Brooklyn Park, MN130 contributions
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    I heard about this place on a podcast I listen to (And That's Why We Drink) and that really piqued my interest. When I traveled to Manhattan for a long weekend, I knew I had to make this part of my trip.
    I tried to buy a ticket online, but it appeared the tour was sold out... however when I showed up, I found out the website is still at to COVID protocol for group numbers, but they allow more than 8 on a tour, so I paid in the little shop and joined the tour.
    A truly fascinating house-- most of it is still decorated in the original family's pieces. There are also many informational plaques and displays throughout the 3 stories.
    Once the tour is over, guests can spend as much time as they want exploring on their own. You can also visit and not pay for the tour.
    Written 11 July 2024
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  • Kamorgenh
    Fredericksburg, VA2 contributions
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    Small eclectic museum. Two excellent short films in a comfortable theater. Beautiful collection of Tiffany lamps, an exhibit on Robert Caro, and a fine gift shop are some of the highlights. Wander around and you’re likely to find something of interest.
    Written 22 June 2024
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  • LarsieB
    Denver, Colorado, USA1,820 contributions
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    This is an excellent museum, well worth a visit if you are interested in knowing about history and this time period. There are many wonderful pieces that have been curated with lots and lots of information to support these museum pieces. The museum is very inexpensive basically no fee but we made a donation as I strongly believe in supporting museums and history. I would definitely recommend visiting the Museum of Jewish Heritage if you are traveling to New York and have some time (it's down near the Wall Street area and Staten Island ferry etc if planning time in this area of lower Manhattan).
    Written 13 April 2024
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  • christopherbO9687MP
    Acton, MA721 contributions
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    The SPY HQ museum & experience is an excellent overview of spy craft and major spying incidents in the US. I've been to other spy museums in the past (such as the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC) that go into the history & technology of spy craft in more detail. SpyScape concentrates instead on a more interactive learning experience, with lots of computer kiosks for you to learn more major aspects of the craft. Children may find this more interesting than the usual display cases.

    Another interesting aspect of this museum is the personality profile you gradually fill out by using a supplied wristband to log into computer terminals spread throughout the main floor. Even you are not intending to work for a spy agency, these types of intelligence and spatial awareness quizzes you fill out gives you an idea of what to expect with many contemporary job interviews. It was interesting to see what the computer tests leads the museum to conclude what type of intelligence officer you'd make.
    Written 13 February 2024
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  • missg26807
    Nottinghamshire, UK29 contributions
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    Absolutely brilliant. 2nd time to NYC.
    1st time we exhausted the sights, we did the same this time round with a few extra the Rise being one of them. Would highly recommend RiseNY - next time in NYC will pay to do it again it was that good and up there with the best things to do in NYC. I would recommend you make this your 1st stop!!!
    Written 13 March 2024
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  • Kevin B
    Mount Juliet, TN3,751 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I love Teddy Roosevelt and wanted to visit this site for a few years. My wife and I came here in June and we really enjoyed the artifacts and information provided on the first floor; they have quite a bit of artifacts from Teddy's life including the shirt he wore on his assassination attempt, which was very interesting to see. It's unfortunately not the original site as that building was demolished, but they tried to make it as authentic as possible. We ended up not having enough time to do the tour of the building, but that was fine for us as we were more interested in the artifacts than the building itself. It's a neat place to visit and we'd recommend it if you're in the area and enjoy US history.
    Written 11 July 2024
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  • musictrekker
    Temecula, CA198 contributions
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    Amazing to stand in the same place as G. Washington and the founding fathers. Had a drink at the bar, then spent time up in the museum portion. Well laid out, informative, and not busy, I’m surprised more people weren’t there. A definite must see.
    Written 26 June 2024
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  • FIL M
    London, UK636 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We took a long stroll round. By fluke there was also a mini-music festival taking place. We sat down and enjoyed some great live hip-hop music, whilst sipping on some drinks. Was most entertaining and unexpected.
    Written 11 July 2024
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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, CA16,960 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Build sort of like a fortress, maybe a castle of money. Lots of power in this grand building that we stumbled upon while walking from Wall Street to City Hall.
    Written 1 January 2022
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  • Stephen S
    London, UK52 contributions
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    I really enjoyed the tour of this building. The organizers were kind enough to go ahead with the tour even though I was the only person on it, which made it an even more special experience for me. The guide was very knowledgeable and I enjoyed the historical context provided.
    It's quite a small building so the tour only takes and hour or so and I think could be well combined with one of the larger museums of the upper east side or perhaps the cable car to Roosevelt Island.
    Written 5 September 2023
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  • marissa v
    Philadelphia, PA155 contributions
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    I was looking for something different to do with my young adult boys during a meet up in NYC and thought we would try The Museum of Interesting Things! It turned out to be less of a typical "museum" and more of an authentic NYC experience! I easily connected via email with the amazing host and historian extraordinaire, Denny and secured an appointment time. Upon entering, I knew we were in for a special treat. Denny presented us with many different objects from the 19th and 20th centuries, many related to film, sound and photography accompanied by the historical background and a chance to try out the objects ourselves! Denny is knowledgeable and personable, with a delightfully quirky sense of humor. If you are interested in going back in time, or a nostalgic trip down memory lane, don't miss this! My only regret is that we didn't have enough time to go through each item in his apartment! I saw some gems hiding in there!
    Written 23 August 2023
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  • worktotravel14
    Trenton, NJ3,372 contributions
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    Jackie Robinson was so much more than a baseball player, and his wife, Rachel Isum - who lives to this day -- made sure that the depth of his legacy was understood. Jackie Robinson fought for fairness in many aspects understanding that his time in the military, in baseball, and his advocacy was a fight was about Black Americans having justice in all aspects of life. The richness of the collective is inspiring. I went for a day trip with my church and really felt privileged to have the opportunity to take this in during the day when the halls of the museum are quieter. There are a wide range of explorations that include 42's ill treatment within the major leagues, his advocacy to the White House on issues of equity, his baseball uniforms and replicas, awards and achievements, artwork, and his connection to activism, including space for the activism for our day. Such a well done museum and a great museum shop as well, which anchors on American-made items. Grateful to have had the opportunity to go
    Written 13 July 2024
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