Many visitors seem to focus on the larger museums (such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History) and expect to see everything within a few hours. Such places really require days or even weeks to adequately explore. So if you do go, I suggest checking their websites and focus on a few exhibits that seem to speak to you. But there are a good number of small museums that are gems and can be covered in a short time. I was pleased to see that one of today’s writers (MightyRedEngland) mentioned one of these smaller gems (The New York Historical Society). One of its major current exhibits is “The Battle of Brooklyn” (unfortunately closing on January 8). This is a marvelous exhibit, especially if you have an interest in American History. This was a crucial battle of the American Revolution in which George Washington’s army was overwhelmed by British and Hessian troops in Brooklyn but miraculously managed to escape to Manhattan to fight again. It was like an American Dunkirk and could easily have meant the end of the Revolution if things had not gone so well. For children, the annual Toys and Trains exhibit (plus the children’s Action Center downstairs) is a lot of fun. And don’t forget sitting down for the multimedia presentation on the history of New York. (There is another such multimedia presentation at the Museum of the City of New York. However, I recommend this museum only in the Spring and Summer, when you can also go across the street to the Conservatory Gardens in Central Park.) There are also lots of easily doable, small art museums. My favorite is the Frick Collection.