History Museums in New York City

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History Museums in New York City

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  • MichiganMelissa04
    Plymouth, MI751 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is hands down my most favorite place in NYC. It is so lovely. The cloisters are such a pleasure to stroll through, and there is a nice cafe in one of the cloisters - which, disappointingly, did not offer a means to recycle the plastic containers they use for food. But anyway, the artwork and treasury was amazing. I would suggest arriving at opening, on a weekday.
    Written June 17, 2024
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  • Lash A
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It was educational but also surprising and interesting. I don’t want to ruin it for you so just go check it out yourself! It was perfect for friends or with a partner
    Written June 17, 2024
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  • ems_jls
    Marlboro, NJ127 contributions
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    The Hard Hat Tour is on the expensive side but worth it. It takes you away from Island 1, where the main buildings are, to Island 2 and Island 3, where the hospital and laundry and a few other buildings once were and which you cannot get to otherwise. They have been preserved in a state of "arrested decay" which is quite photogenic in its own way. And yes, you do have to wear a hard hat for most of it, in case some of the decay unarrests itself.

    Our tour guide, Melissa, brought a great combination of knowledge and passion to her commentary without overdoing it. She capably answered many questions about Ellis Island in general, not just the hospital aspect.

    Also a must if you are a "Godfather Part II" obsessive as one in our group was.

    The tour is 90 minutes and take care of food and bathrooms before you start.
    Written June 15, 2024
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  • Joseph S
    Old Saybrook, CT49 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I was rushed and only got to swing around the gift shop and lobby area. But what a lobby. Playing temporary host to the fabled Waldorf Astoria clock, a miniature village and train set under a dome. Coffee area as you enter the gift shop and a full scale restaurant across the hall. As a lover of New York history, I'd like to return for the Lost New York exhibit which is there until September 2024 and to see what I hear is a world-class collection of Tiffany lamps.
    Written May 27, 2024
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  • LarsieB
    Denver, Colorado, USA1,779 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 April 13, 2024
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  • Green Eyed
    12 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent house museum, with a window into daily life 150 years ago. Currently they have a guided tour once a day, and self guide tour at other times
    Written June 6, 2024
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  • christopherbO9687MP
    Acton, MA720 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 February 13, 2024
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  • Walter F
    Tas39 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is an amazing piece of American history. Well worth taking family to. This site contains videos, guided tours, and artefacts for viewing.
    Written April 28, 2024
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  • karenlig
    Yasuni National Park, Ecuador19 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    My friend was visiting the 9/11 Memorial and I couldn’t bring myself to visit. Decided to start the morning here. Starts out with a great movie and then you move through the exhibits until you end with the main attraction. They did not tell us that we could take our time to view the exhibits so I rushed through thinking that I had to be at the movie at a certain time. The exhibits were wonderful and wish I would’ve spent more time there. At the end the staff said they must’ve forgotten to tell us we could hav taken time with the exhibits. Definitely a fun thing for anyone to do for an overview of NYC. An amazing movie both in the beginning and the end. Even more of a bonus since it was Broadway week and the tickets were half-price.
    Written January 23, 2024
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  • Amanda S
    13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We stopped in here for a late lunch while visiting the area. We were able to get a seat pretty easily, though I could see this restaurant getting crowded. We did not have reservations, but if you are able to make them, I would recommend it. I had the blackened salmon sandwich and it was one of the best things I ate while visiting New York City. The rest of my family enjoyed their meals as well. The atmosphere was great and it was just neat sitting and eating in such a historic building. We also visited the museum after our meal!
    Written June 8, 2024
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  • Conny Wylie
    Ottawa, Canada937 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Seaport district is situated on the East River in Lower Manhattan. It is a top nyc destination for unusual culinary, fashion, entertainment and cultural experiences. I couldn't resist a custom face cookie from the funny face bakery....it seemed almost too pretty to eat and the book-worm in me nudged me into the McNally & Jackson bookstore. I explored New York's origins as a world seaport in the South Street Seaport Museum and to get into a historical mood I toured the Wavetree cargo ship.
    Written January 27, 2023
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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, CA16,502 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 January 1, 2022
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  • Stephen S
    London, UK52 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 September 5, 2023
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  • marissa v
    Philadelphia, PA155 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 August 23, 2023
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  • Justin W
    Hasbrouck Heights, NJ5,197 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I must have passed this museum dozens of time when visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art but never knew that is was a museum. The Institute specialty is the ancient arts and history. In two small galleries it still packs a punch when it comes time for showcasing works of ancient cultures.

    I went in recently to see the exhibition on Babylonian Art called "A Wonder to Behold: Craftsmanship and the Creation of Babylon's Ishtar Gate". In two small galleries, it showed the excavation of the site, some of the art pieces found, the use of glazed brick art on the walls and floors of the palace and the creativity of the artists who made them.

    What is also nice is that the museum has free lectures to attend on the subject and it is free to enter the museum as well. You can make a small donation if you want. It is a nice way to spend the afternoon and see the art of ancient times.
    Written November 17, 2019
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