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1. New York City Fire Museum

Neighborhood: Manhattan/SoHo The New York City Fire Museum occupies a renovated 1904 firehouse at 278 Spring St. in the SoHo district of Manhattan. It houses one of the nation's most important collections of fire related art and artifacts from the late 18th century to the present. Suggested admissions: $4 adults, $1 children under 12, $2 seniors & students.
278 Spring St.
New York, NY, 10013

212-691-1303 more info »

2. Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum

Neighborhood: Manhattan/Upper East Side Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum is the only museum in the country devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design. A Smithsonian Institution facility, the museum features collections that include drawings, prints and graphic design; product design and decorative arts; textiles; and wallcoverings. Click here for a Location.
2 E. 91st St.
New York, NY, 10128

212-849-8400 more info »

3. Lower East Side Tenement Museum

Neighborhood: Manhattan/Lower East Side Allows a visitor to experience how immigrants lived in the late 1800s. Admission to exhibits is free; admission for tours for adults $9: Students & seniors $7: Members free. A guided architectural tour through several streets in this area is also offered. It runs 1 hour.
97 Orchard St.
New York, NY, 10002

212-431-0233 more info »

4. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

Neighborhood: Manhattan/Midtown Currently, MoMA as it is known in NYC, is undergoing extensive renovations and has set up a temporary exhbition space in Queens. The Manhattan location is scheduled to re-open in 2005. MoMA houses an outstanding collection of American & European paintings & sculptures from late 19th C. to present. Innovative in its definition of "art", it was a pioneer in exhibiting film, photography, and industrial design. Its retrospectives can draw record breaking attendance. A happy place to take small children, as strollers are allowed. Call for or visit the website for information on admission and hours, as they change with the exhibitions in the Queens space. Website provides information on all that you will find here.
11 W. 53rd St.
New York, NY, 10019

212-708-9400 more info »

5. Cloisters

The Cloisters is made up of a historic building and its cloistered gardens; Take a guided tour and discover the art and architecture of medieval Europe. Inside visitors will see sculpture, tapestries, illuminated manuscripts, gold and silver work, stained glass and more. Lectures and programs are held on Saturdays, and music concerts are presented in the 12th-century Fuentiduena Chapel.
 Fort Tryon Pk.
New York, NY, 10040

212-923-3700 more info »

6. National Museum of the American Indian (Smithsonian)

Neighborhood: Manhattan/Financial District Website has general info on services and programs. Also, visit the interactive website at
1 Bowling Green
New York, NY, 10004

212-668-6624 more info »

7. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Neighborhood: Manhattan/Upper East Side Frank Lloyd Wright's New York masterpiece is recognized around the world, and visitors come form around the world to view this museum's collection of art. Art form the late 19th and early 20th centuries represents such movements as Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Surrealism and German Expressionism, with pieces by such renowned names as Picasso, van Gogh, Kandisky, Chagall and other modern masters.
1071 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY, 10128

212-423-3500 more info »

8. American Folk Art Museum

Neighborhood: Manhattan/Midtown The American Folk Art Museum celebrates the contributions of folk art to the enduring culture of America, highlighting the expressive qualities of items as simple as a quilt. The collection also includes 18th and 19th century paintings and handcrafted items form American history.
45 W. 53rd St.
New York, NY, 10019

212-265-1040 more info »

9. Museum of Television and Radio

Neighborhood: Manhattan/Midtown
25 W. 52nd St.
New York, NY, 10019

212-621-6600 more info »

10. Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden

Neighborhood: Manhattan/Upper East Side This elegant, historic hotel features eight rooms furnished with period furniture and art, plus a lovely garden where hotel guests once reclined and conversed in the genteel atmosphere of the era.
421 E. 61st St.
New York, NY, 10021

212-838-6878 more info »

11. Forbes Magazine Galleries

Neighborhood: Manhattan/Greenwich Village Publishing magnate, Malcolm Forbes collected toy boats, toy soldiers, monopoly games, medals and trophies, presidential papers, and lavishly decorated Faberge eggs. They're all on display here. Free admission.
62 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY, 10011

212-206-5549 more info »

12. Children's Museum of the Arts

Neighborhood: Manhattan/SoHo Recommended for the 2-10 year old age group. Admission is just a donation on Wednesday from 17-19, otherwise it's $5. Rated best by NY Mag 4/24/00.
182 LaFayette St.
New York, NY, 10013

212-941-9198 more info »

13. Children's Museum of Manhattan

Neighborhood: Manhattan/Upper West Side Four stories of hands-on instructional & fun toys, games & demonstrations. A delight for kids of all ages when it is not crowded.
212 W. 83rd St.
New York, NY, 10024

212-721-1234 more info »
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