Speciality Museums in New York City

THE 10 BEST New York City Speciality Museums

Speciality Museums in New York City

Revenue impacts the experiences featured on this page, learn more.
  • Traveller favourites
    Things to do ranked using Tripadvisor data including reviews, ratings, photos, and popularity.
  • Traveller ranking
    Highest rated attractions on Tripadvisor, based on traveller reviews.
Types of Attractions
Museums
Traveller rating
Neighbourhoods
Good for
94 places sorted by traveller favourites.
We perform checks on reviews
Tripadvisor’s approach to reviews
Before posting, each Tripadvisor review goes through an automated tracking system, which collects information, answering the following questions: how, what, where and when. If the system detects something that potentially contradicts our community guidelines, the review is not published.
When the system detects a problem, a review may be automatically rejected, sent to the reviewer for validation, or manually reviewed by our team of content specialists, who work 24/7 to maintain the quality of the reviews on our site.
Our team checks each review posted on the site disputed by our community as not meeting our community guidelines.
Learn more about our review moderation.
Learn more about this content
Tours, activities and experiences bookable on Tripadvisor, ranked using exclusive Tripadvisor data including reviews, ratings, photos, popularity, user preferences, price, and bookings made through Tripadvisor.
Showing results 1-30 of 94

What travellers are saying

  • Margaux
    Leuven, Belgium62 contributions
    Very beautiful, extensive museum of 9/11. Be prepared for a long visit, as the collection is very extensive. In addition, I would recommend to visit it very early, as it can become crowed when busses with tourist/ school children arrive.
    Written 25 March 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • DawnW758
    Portsmouth, UK62 contributions
    We had to return twice because it was not open on. St.Patrick’s day. The building and the interior were beautiful but we especially wanted to see the reading room and were told we had to do a tour which did not start for another 2 hours. As looking inside would only take 2 minutes we were not willing to wait. This was very disappointing and should be more visible on websites so that visitors can plan more accordingly to the times of access.
    Written 24 March 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Gustavosrr
    Sao Jose Dos Campos, SP30 contributions
    MUST GO activity if you´re addictive to aviation.

    Fantastic to see so many well preserved aircraft and also to understand how a Air Carrier works and how people lived there...

    Listen to the veterans talking about their experience was fantastic and emotional ! Take your time to talk with all of them... Will enrich a lot your visit.
    Written 2 March 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Kelly Umholtz
    Houston, TX2 contributions
    Visiting the 9/11 workshop museum was a highlight of my trip to NYC. Gary’s stories and photographs brought the devastation and grief in the aftermath of 9/11 to life in such an honoring way to the first responders and also the victims and their families. His workshop carry’s the raw emotion and legacy of this devastating attack on our country and helps people ,like me, get a taste of what many experienced in the days and months following of 9/11. Don’t let the small size of the museum fool you. There is a lot of material, artifacts and stories to see. I spent 2 hours there! It was an honor to meet Gary while at the museum with his warm welcome and friendly demeanor.
    Written 13 March 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Mike R.
    Brooklyn, NY83 contributions
    I'm not going to lie! Harry Potter easily influenced me into visiting this. I had seen pictures of the place and always said, "Wow!, I want to visit this Harry Potter attraction and little did know that it wasn't technically linked to him. Nonetheless, this museum is a great visit. The Library? I mean look at it just look at it. It's a world I entered imagining something greater than reality. This is architecture that makes you feel and gives you emotion. This is architecture hat has depth and poise, simply timeless!
    Written 8 February 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Mark G
    3 contributions
    The history, games, and 3D experience. Drinks were good and prices reasonable. The exhibit shows the long history and different expressions of sexuality. The 3D ride was a blast.
    Written 25 March 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Madison Y
    Thornton Cleveleys, UK77 contributions
    Really enjoyed our tour - we did a tour that focused on two families - one that came over fleeing the war and another who came from Puerto Rico for employment. Loved that we sat in the actual apartment with some keepsakes donated by the families.

    Our guide was lovely and very engaging.

    The area the museum/shop is in I found to be a little sketchy - we were hassled whilst starting our tour on the street however people moved on when we didn’t engage.

    Lovely gift shop that was reasonably priced.

    Would definitely visit again. Yes it’s $30 per person which I see is mentioned often in the reviews but honestly we felt it was absolutely worth it.
    Written 20 March 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Lisa P
    Downham Market, UK132 contributions
    Visited with my 18 year old son and we both enjoyed

    Easy to find. Had a sightseeing pass that allowed us entry.

    Plenty on people from around the globe. Room of presidents and world leaders from the past.

    4D cinema if your a Marvel fan

    Passed a few hours and we had fun
    Written 26 March 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Mark L
    Evans, GA425 contributions
    Really good place to get a sense of how most people came to the USA and how they suffered to get in. Lots of pics and sound bites to tell you the story. Part of the City Cruise to the Statue of Liberty
    Written 24 March 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Marlene T
    11 contributions
    I took a docent led tour of the museum. The history of the building is fasinating, and the builing itself is stunning. Not sure whether it is hidden, but the Museum at Eldrige Street is certainly a gem!
    Written 25 March 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Adventure Diva
    Manchester, CT1,950 contributions
    You get to experience years of history here with the museum's exhibits, collections and films. We saw the "I'll have what she's having...the Jewish Deli" exhibit and enjoyed the experience. It showed how Jewish delicatessens became a cornerstone of American food.
    Written 14 March 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Ashely Fang
    New York City, NY232 contributions
    While tickets are a bit pricey, the overall experience was super fun. The SPYSCAPE museum offers some games you can do at home in advance of the visit, and the Batman experience has a section to play in advance of your visit and hours more of playtime for after your visit. The games may be a bit frustrating for younger children, but all-in-all it was fun to challenge myself to do well and to beat my friend. I would definitely be open to visiting again. I advise against getting VIP tickets - they are expensive and unless you want the nice baseball hat that comes with it. The bracelet that comes with VIP tickets is not worth the money.
    Written 15 August 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Jonathan C.
    La Jolla, California, USA341 contributions
    It's only one floor, but offers some great insight into the First Nations who lived on Manhattan, their culture, and how they contributed to New York City.
    Written 5 August 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Adventure Diva
    Manchester, CT1,950 contributions
    Saw "Elizabeth Haines: Along her own lines" exhibit. It was a contemporary view of style. Elizabeth was also an author and activist who encouraged women to dress in an open- minded way.
    Written 14 March 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • CaesarBrutus
    Boston, MA311 contributions
    We visited Nov 2019, but Trip Advisor app won’t let me go back that far.
    Important museum to visit; we went due to the Auschwitz exhibit, but also visited the museum itself. I signed up for emails from the Museum and have attended virtual events. I am not local, so I appreciate being able to attend virtually.
    So much to learn and the museum store has a lot to offer. We will definitely be back here when back to New York.
    If you can, you should visit and bring others. If not, ‘like’ their Facebook page, check out their website, and sign up for emails. There are virtual evens you will most likely be able to attend.
    Written 28 January 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Frequently Asked Questions about New York City