Speciality Museums in New York City

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  • Tammy W
    Kerrville, TX157 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This memorial was incredibly touching. I spent 3 weeks of training in WTC south tower in 1998. I was overwhelmed by the mass amount of space where the towers once stood. It was such a time of destruction, fear, and sorrow. The living tree is also really special and the story is so moving.
    Written 10 June 2024
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  • FLHarlock
    Tavares, FL4,928 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stopped in on a stay in NYC. My wife is a book and movie nerd and LOVES this library. She has never been here and cried when we arrived at her Mecca. I was skeptical but not so much once we went inside. This place is amazing! The architecture and history is unbelievable. We self toured the entire place for FREE and loved it all. If you’re in midtown this is definitely a must see. Highly recommended!
    Written 6 June 2024
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  • Maree H
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This place was amazing. Very moving and really well done. Very respectful. Can't believe I got to hold things that were kept from 9/11. Highly recommend
    Written 8 January 2024
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  • jehrler
    Minnesota32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The most articulate and knowledgeable guide ever. Elaine was our guide during the "After the Famine" tour. She started with the root cause of the potato famine and subsequent immigration to the US. She illuminated the socioeconomic externalities that impacted the lives of these individuals by telling the story of one family and their life experience. It was an incredibly well-researched multi-level presentation that was informative and provocative. Thank you, Elaine.
    Written 6 June 2024
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  • BatchFam
    Yukon, OK1,139 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The exhibits are interesting and interactive! Very creative fun place. We added the 4 D movie. $5 was worth it. When you see the white steps and mouth, that’s the ladder to the slide! So cool!
    Written 31 May 2024
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  • TravelerWithOpinions
    Boston, MA517 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quite beautiful and fascinating. Take a tour to understand the history and context of what you can see. Also, be sure to have tea in the cafe. It's delicious!
    Written 3 June 2024
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  • Boyd J
    Maleny, Australia1,735 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had a couple of hours to spare on our last day in NYC and one attraction left on our Explorer Pass to headed off to Madame Tussauds. Itreally is prettyv cheesy, but there has been some effort put into grouping the celebrities and present them thematically. There is also a 10 minute Marvel Universe 4D movie which is entertaining enough.
    Written 25 March 2024
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  • moretrips51
    Palo Alto, CA403 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historically interesting and visually gorgeous building. The docent was very knowledgeable and helpful. Highly recommend the 1 hour tour.
    Written 24 May 2024
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  • teknoge3k
    Rocky Mount, VA1,709 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We did the Hard Hat Tour to see the hospital along with the public areas of the museum. The Hard Hat Tour did not disappoint. It was FANTASTIC and I would do it again in a heartbeat. It was amazing to see and know the history of Ellis Island
    Written 11 June 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 27 May 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 13 April 2024
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  • abroadwithashley
    Minneapolis, MN1,724 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Significantly smaller than the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC, but we're still glad we visited this NY museum as well. Since tickets are free, it's a great deal in the city. Our favorite piece was in the rotating exhibit on level one (we didn't see anyone else down there, so make sure not to miss it!). Level two had a lot of representation of tribes throughout the Americas, but at a very surface level. They did a great job, however, of digging into the NY tribes.
    Written 27 March 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 13 February 2024
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  • Kittygal 🇺🇦 🌻
    Los Angeles, CA8,783 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    At the upper reaches of Museum Mile is this wonderful offering. Housed in the historic Felix M. Warburg mansion, it has both a permanent collection as well as specialized exhibitions.

    I visited on a rainy Friday morning, as there were three current exhibits I wanted to see. The first was a replica of Frederick Kiesler's modern, innovative home library set up. Next up was a short history of Coney Island and its long-standing Jewish connection, told through photos and two carefully carved carousel horses. Lastly, several of the late Justice Ruth Baser Ginsberg's beautiful legal collars and jabots were shown, side by side with ornate tribal jewelry from all over the world.

    A great spot to begin your museum day, as I did, or round it off. And it's close to a sweeping view of the Jacqueline Onassis Reservoir in Central Park at Engineer's Gate.
    Written 21 May 2024
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  • Asta365
    Kent, TX571 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Museum at FIT is a true off-the-beaten path gem. The museum, which is free, presented a hype-focused display, when we visited, of the design of sleeves for dresses (and one men’s jacket) from the 1700s to present with the bulk of the dresses from the latter 1900s. With work from many noted designers, I was truly blown away by the haute couture designs, amazing fabrics, exquisite workmanship, and vision of the designers, There were about 50 to 60 dresses on display and each was shown to excellent effect. I frankly don’t have the vocabulary to fully describe what I saw, but I learned from and enjoyed every moment of my visit.

    Afterwards, we walked a short distance in the FIT complex to see the student projects. Everything I enjoyed in the focused museum was also present in the student projects which all worked exclusively with denim. I was amazed at the breadth of designs, incredible craftsmanship, and imagination on display.

    A final note - understanding the fragility of both the museum’s collection and the students’ work, the guards at both sites were a little over the top in their behavior towards visitors. They can accomplish their duties with a little calmer demeanor in their interactions with those coming to the site.
    Written 21 April 2024
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