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New York Museums and Art Museums in NYC: Top 6

Art lovers and history buffs on their ways to NYC need not feel intimidated by the many New York museums after reading this informative guide.

New York City, as we all know, is one of the top tourist destinations in the world! People come here from all over to take in the sights, the sounds, and well, yes – Times Square! Well, the thing about Times Square is that the theater district is the action. The typical tourist probably has a Broadway show and a few New York museums or art gallery listed on their itinerary at some point.

If you plan on visiting New York and want to step a little outside the box in order to learn a bit more about the history of the city – look no further! Here is your guide to the quirkiest New York museums touching upon New York’s amazing history you must check out!

The Brooklyn Museum and the New York Museums

The Brooklyn Museum exhibits collections that seek to embody the rich artistic heritage of world cultures. One of Kings County’s preeminent cultural institutions, this 560,000 square foot venue made history as the first American museum to exhibit African objects as artwork. In addition to the more than 4,000 items in the Egyptian holdings, visitors of the museum can check out pieces by masters such as Monet, Degas, and Cézanne. This example of New York museums also contains an entire center devoted to feminist art.

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The City Reliquary

The City Reliquary is a favorite of New York museums. The City Reliquary Museum & Civic Organization houses the unusual artifacts that embody the unique history of New York City. The permanent collection and special exhibitions celebrate the everyday ephemera that has defined New York, and New Yorkers, for generations. The museum is a storefront located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn that includes a gift shop modeled after a vintage dime store, a rotating exhibition hall and a permanent collection of only-in-New York odds and ends. 370 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY

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Museum of the American Gangster

Located in a former speakeasy, the two-room museum now hosts a display of New York’s crime legends. Its goal is to objectively present the role that crime has played in shaping the politics, culture, myth, and lore of New York City and beyond. Opened in 2010, it is located upstairs from a former speakeasy in the East Village – a neighborhood once frequented by Al Capone, Lucky Luciano, and John Gotti. Its Exhibition of the American Gangster was founded to preserve newspapers, photographs and other original documents from the Prohibition Era. Certainly, it’s one of the coolest New York museums. 78 St Marks Pl, New York, NY

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Merchant’s House Museum

This is one of the most historic New York museums. The Merchant’s House Museum is the only nineteenth-century family home in New York City preserved intact, both inside and out, complete with its original furniture. The museum takes visitors back to the elegant world of New York’s 19th Century upper-middle class. The museum was an actual home occupied for nearly a century between 1835 and 1933 by the family of hardware purveyor Seabury Tredwell and his descendants. 29 E 4th St, New York, NY

Museum of American Finance

Have you ever wondered what a real $10,000 bill looks like? You can find out in one of the New York museums. The Museum of American Finance is dedicated to the history of Wall Street and America’s financial markets. The bill is there along with the ticker tape from the morning of 1929 stock market crash and a couch made of $30,000 worth of nickels! Situated in the old headquarters of the Bank of New York, the museum is a reminder that New York without Wall Street is like peanut butter without Jelly. 48 Wall St, New York, NY 

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New York Transit Museum

It would be silly for New York to NOT have a museum of the subway and rail system, wouldn’t it? The New York Transit Museum is a museum that displays historical artifacts of the New York City Subway system, bus, commuter rail, and bridge and tunnel systems under the administration of the Metropolitan  Transportation Authority (MTA). A collection of vintage train cars spanning the 20th century is the main attraction. Housed since 1976 in a former IND subway in Downtown Brooklyn, the museum displays historic artifacts dating from the opening of the subway in 1904 and it’s expansion through all five boroughs to today. Boerum Pl & Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY

Hopefully, you get to enjoy a few of these New York museums soon!

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