Want to visit some of the best Museums in New York 2019? Here’s my NYC Museum guide with more information about each museum as well as the exhibitions, opening hours and admission fee. 

Even if you’re a New Yorker, I’m sure there are plenty of NYC museums that you haven’t yet visited because more often than not, we tend to neglect tourist attractions in our home city.

I know several New Yorkers who have only visited a handful of these Museums in New York, so no matter if you’re a tourist or local, you’ll be sure to find a museum that fits your interests. 

Visiting some of these New York museums is definitely one of the best things to do in NYC

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This worldwide famous museum in New York is also known as “The Met”, and you could basically walk around here for days and still have exhibitions and objects to look at.

It’s a huge museum, and if you only choose to visit one of the museums in New York, the Met should definitely be it, unless you have a specific interest. The building itself is enough reason to come here, and both the interior and exterior are spectacular architecture wise. 

When it comes to exhibitions, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has something for every taste. Some examples include an Egyptian section, Art of Native America, African art, Antique, and many more. 

Opening hours: 

Seven Days a Week
Sunday – Thursday: 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Friday and Saturday: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Is the Metropolitan Museum of Art free?

New York residents, as well as students from New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey, can use suggested admission, which technically could be free if you decide not to contribute anything for your entry. 

For foreigners and American residents outside of New York, the general admission is $25, $17 for seniors; $12 for students. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is free for members, patrons and children under 12 years. 

The Met museum in NYC

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New York Transit Museum

Transportation has always been an important part of the city, and its subway system has become iconic. The New York Transit Museum displays historical artifacts of the New York City subway, bus, and rail systems and is located in a decommissioned subway street in Downtown Brooklyn.

It’s a really cool place where you get to travel back in time. The NYC transit museum is open all days of the week except Mondays from 10 to 4 PM on weekdays, and 11 to 5 pm on weekends. 

Address: 99 Schermerhorn St, Brooklyn

Transit Museum New York

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Guggenheim Museum

This is perhaps one of the most famous art museums in New York, and for a good reason. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum features an iconic building, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

And on the inside, visitors can look at more than 600 fantastic artworks. The museum is open daily from 10 am to 5:30 pm, except Tuesdays (10 am-9 pm) and Saturdays (10 am-8 pm).

Is the Guggenheim Museum free?

On Saturdays, visitors can choose to pay a suggestion admission, so technically, you could make a free-visit then. However, the recommended admission fee on Saturdays is $10.

Other days, the general admission fee is $25 for adults, $18 for students and free admission for members and children under 12 years. 

Guggenheim Museum NYC

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Museum of Modern art (MoMA)

Another famous art museum in New York is the Museum of Modern Art, also known as MoMA. It’s located in Midtown Manhattan and has a huge collection of modern art.

Some even hold MoMA as the world-leading modern art museum, so if you’re into that, don’t miss out on visiting this exciting museum in New York, which sees about 3 million visitors per year. 

The general admission is $25 for adults, $18 for $14 for students and free for children aged 16 and under. It’s temporarily closed due to expansion until October 21. 

Museum of Modern art

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Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration

Did you know that one in three of all American citizens is related to an immigrant who came to the dock of Ellis Island? It’s a fascinating place full of history, and if you plan to visit the Statue of Liberty, you might as well take a detour here. 

It’s open every day from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. There is no admission fee for the museum, but you need to buy tickets for the boat to Ellis Island, which is included in the tickets to Liberty Island.  

Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration

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American Museum of Natural History

This is the largest natural history museum in the world, so if you’re planning on visiting several museums in New York, make sure to take a detour here, it’s well worth it.

The American Museum of Natural History is huge and The museum houses collections with more than 33 million specimens of plants, animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, meteorites, human remains, and human cultural artifacts. 

Due to lack of space, only a small amount of these can be displayed, so there’s always something new and exciting to discover here at the American Museum of Natural History, which received about 5 million visitors per year. 

Opening hours: Monday-Sunday: 10:00 AM–5:45 PM.
Admission: $23 adults, $18 students, and seniors, $13 for children between 2-12.

American Museum of Natural History

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Brooklyn Museum

Brooklyn Museum is the third largest museum in New York and houses a collection of about 1.5 million artworks. It’s open from Wednesdays to Sundays from 11 am – 6 pm, except on Thursdays when it’s open to 10 pm. 

General admission is $16 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and ages 19 and under are free.

Brooklyn Museum

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The Cloisters

The Met Cloisters is located in Fort Tryon Park in Washington Heights and is a specialized museum about European Medieval architecture with a focus on Gothic and Romanesque periods.

The summer is generally the best time to enjoy The Cloisters, but it’s open seven days a week from 10:00 am – 5:15 pm between March and October and from 10:00 am – 4:45 pm in the period of November – February. 

If you already have a ticket to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, you can visit the Cloisters for free within 3-consecutive days. 

Address: 99 Margaret Corbin Drive

the Cloisters museum in New York

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Neue Galerie

If you’re longing to see European art, especially German and Austrian Fine and Decorative Art from the 19th and 20th century, then the Neue Galerie is a place for you. It’s known for having several works by Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele.

Address: 1048 5th Ave.
Opening hours: From Thursdays to Mondays from 11 am to 6 pm.

The City Reliquary

If you want to visit some quirky museums in New York, the City Reliquary is highly recommended. It’s a small but interesting little place filled with iconic relics from different eras, which makes it a great NYC museum both for locals and tourists who want to either get nostalgic or learn more about the city. 

Jewish Museum

The Jewish Museum in NYC is the largest outside of Israel and houses more than 30,000 items. It’s located on 92nd st on 5th Avenue.

Tickets cost $18 for adults, $12 for seniors, $8 for students and free for members, children 18 and under. There is also free admission on Saturdays.

Jewish Museum

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Museum of Arts and Design (MAD)

Museum of Arts and Design, also known as MAD is showcasing a wide range of creative design artworks. If you’re interested in design, I’m sure this will be one of the most interesting museums in New York. 

MAD is open from Tuesdays to Sundays from 10 am to 6 pm, except on Thursdays when it’s open until 9 pm. 

Museum of Arts and Design

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The Skyscraper Museum

New York City has long been famous for its skyscrapers and even today, some of the most iconic skyscrapers stand proudly as a part of the city skyline.

The Skyscraper Museum takes a deep dive when it comes to tall buildings, and it’s located in Battery Park at 39 Battery Place. Adults pay $5, students and seniors pay $2.50 and children under 12 get free admission.

Coney Island Museum

You’ve probably heard of Coney Island before coming to New York, but not everyone knows about the Coney Island Museum, which is a dedicated retro museum for all things Coney Island, which will give nostalgic vibes. 

 The entrance is $5 for adults. 

Coney Island Museum

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Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)

This museum was founded in 1980 and exhibits Chinese American history consisting of more than 65,000 works. It’s located in Chinatown, and visitors can learn more about what it’s been like to be a Chinese American, and how the society has changed. 

It’s open daily from 11 am to 6 pm, except on Mondays when it’s closed. Tickets cost $12 for adults, and $8 for seniors, students, military, educators, children 2 and up. 

Address215 Centre Street in Chinatown. 

Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)

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Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

If you’re interested in aviation, space or ships, then this is a museum for you. It’s located at Pier 86 in Hell’s Kitchen and is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm.

Visitors can see the legendary aircraft carrier The Intrepid and the space shuttle Enterprise, as well as the world’s fastest jets and a guided missile submarine. Admission for adults is $33, $31 for seniors and $24 for children aged between 5-12.

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

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New-York Historical Society

This is the oldest museum in New York and it’s dedicated to the history of NYC. It houses over 1.6 million items in its library and exhibitions. It’s located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan at the corner of 77th Street.

The collection of the New York Historical Society is a mix of American art, historical artifacts showcasing American history. The museum is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm, except on Fridays (10 am-8 pm) and Sundays (11 am-5 pm). It’s closed on Mondays. 

The New-York Historical Society

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Museum of the City of New York

Last but not least, a museum about New York itself, which aims to interpret and celebrate the past, present, and future of the city. It’s open daily between 10 am–6 pm with an admission of $20 for adults, $14 for students and seniors.

If you’re a member or under the age of 20, you have free entrance.

MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK

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More information about the Museums in New York

These are some of my favorite Museums in NYC, but there are many more that you could visit as well. In all the five boroughs that make up New York City, there are more than 100 museums, which means it would take about 3 months to visit them all if you have time for it. 

There is such a diversity among them as well, and the only city in the world that really can compare is London in the UK. The museums of New York can be anything from extensive and niched to quirky and fun for the whole family.

Most of the New York museums are easy to get to by public transportation as well. If you plan to visit several of them, I highly recommend purchasing the New York Pass to get discounts on your admission, which can certainly add up. 

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What is the best museum to visit in New York?

As a first-time visitor, the Met is the best museum to visit in New York. If you want to learn more about the city itself, I recommend visiting The New-York Historical Society or the Museum of the City of New York.

What is the largest museum in New York City?

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest museum in New York City with more than 2,000,000 square feet (190,000 m2) of floor space.

The Met

How many museums are in New York City?

There are about 100 museums in NYC. 

Map of the best New York Museums

Below, you can see the best museums in New York and their location on the map.  


Which of these New York Museums is your favorite? Leave a comment below!