Museums and Historic Sites

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HHT = Historic House Trust property                   NPS = National Park Service property

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American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square (at Columbus Ave and 66th St) – features 18th- and 19th-century paintings, quilts, sculptures, and the work of contemporary self-taught artists.

American Museum of Natural History, 200 Central Park West (at 79th St) – one of the premiere natural history museums in the world. It houses over 32 million specimens, has numerous rotating exhibitions and includes the Hayden Planetarium.

Asia Society Museum, 725 Park Avenue (bet 70th St & 71st St) – includes exhibitions on traditional and contemporary art and culture of all Asian nations, from Japan to Iran, Siberia to Australia, and the Pacific Islands.

Center for Architecture (AIA NY), 536 LaGuardia Place (bet Bleecker & West 3rd Sts) – has revolving exhibits on architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture and historic architecture.

The Cloisters Museum & Gardens, Fort Tryon Park, 99 Margaret Corbin Drive – a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cloisters are made up of architectural elements from numerous European abbeys. The museum houses the Met’s medieval European collection.

Dahesh Museum of Art, 145 Sixth Avenue (at Dominic Street) – the only museum in the United States dedicated to European academic art of the 19th and 20th centuries.
The Drawing Center, 35 Wooster Street (bet Broome & Grand Sts) – exhibits historic and contemporary drawings.

Dyckman House (HHT), 4881 Broadway (at 204th Street) – the oldest remaining farmhouse in Manhattan (ca. 1784).

El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue (bet 104th & 105th Sts) – features historic and contemporary Latin American and Caribbean art with a special emphasis on Puerto Rican art.

Federal Hall (NPS), 26 Wall Street (at Nassau St) – this 1842 former Customs House building was erected on the site of the first US Capitol building and the site of George Washington’s inauguration. Now operated by the National Park Service as a small museum about the history of the site. 

Frick Collection, 1 East 70th Street (at Fifth Avenue) – showcases the collection of Henry Clay Frick in his former Upper East Side mansion. The museum contains a large collection of Old Master paintings and major European artists.

General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen, Lock Museum, 20 West 44th Street (bet 5th and 6th Aves) – one of the most complete collection of bank and vault locks in the world, with locks, keys and tools dating from 4000 BC to the 20th century.

Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Ave (at 89th St) – the Frank Lloyd Wright designed museum exhibits Impressionist, post-Impressionist, and early 20th century modern art, along with  exhibitions of works by contemporary and modern artists.

Hamilton Grange (NPS), 414 West 141st Street (bet Convent & St. Nicholas Aves) – the former home of Alexander Hamilton, completed in 1802, this building has been relocated twice, most recently in 2008.

International Center for Photography, 1133 Sixth Avenue (at 43rd Street) – includes over 100,000 photographs with a strong collection of American and European documentary photograph from the 1930s through 1990s.

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Pier 86, Twelfth Ave (at 46th St) – military and maritime museum on the USS Intrepid air-craft carrier.  Houses a submarine, a Concorde, a supersonic jet, and the Space Shuttle Enterprise.

Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave (bet 92nd & 93rd Sts) – houses the largest collection of Jewish art and culture outside of Israel.

Lower East Side Tenement Museum, 103 Orchard St (bet Broome and Delancey Sts) – a five-story tenement building interpreted to highlight the immigrant experience during the building’s tenancy from the 1860s to the 1930s. Project director Christopher Neville reports that the Museum's interpretive media installation on shop life created by Potion Design has won the American Alliance of Museums' 2013 MUSE Award for outstanding achievement in museum media. The project explores 125 years of immigrant family businesses in newly stabilized and restored historic spaces.See Field Session 8, Conserving, Preserving and Intepreting the Tenement Museum, to register for a behind-the-scenes tour.

Merchant’s House Museum (HHT), 29 East 4th Street (bet Lafayette St & the Bowery) – an early nineteenth century townhome with intact period rooms highlighting the furnishings of the Tredwell family, a wealthy merchant family. 

Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave (at 82nd St) – the largest museum in the United States, this world-famous museum has significant collections of Near East art, Arms and Armor, Asian Art, American Art and Decorative Arts, the Costume Institute, the Egyptian Wing, European paintings, sculptures and drawing, Greek and Roman Art, and Islamic Art, amongst others. 

Morgan Library, 225 Madison Avenue (bet 36th & 37th Sts) – originally the private library of J.P. Morgan, the library has a significant collection of illuminated manuscripts, medieval artworks, prints, drawings, and manuscripts housed in the 1902 McKim Mead and White building with a 2006 addition by Renzo Piano. 

Morris-Jumel Mansion (HHT), Roger Morris Park, 65 Jumel Terrace at 160th St – the oldest house in Manhattan, this 1765 mansion was a headquarters first by George Washington and then the British and Hessians during the Revolutionary War.

Museum of Art and Design, 2 Columbus Circle – focuses on contemporary art, design and crafts.

Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street (bet 5th and 6th Aves) – one of the most influential modern art museums in the world, the museum has a significant collection of drawings, paintings, sculpture, works of design, architecture, photography, prints, performance art and electronic art, and hosts traveling exhibitions.

Museum of Sex, 233 Fifth Avenue (at 27th Street) – a museum dedicated to the history, evolution and cultural significance of human sexuality.

Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue (bet 103rd & 104th Sts) – curates exhibitions highlighting the art and history of New York City and its inhabitants.

National Museum of the American Indian, 1 Bowling Green – this branch museum of the Smithsonian is housed in the former US Custom House designed by Cass Gilbert and has an extensive collection of Native American art and artifacts from North, South and Central America.

Neue Galerie, 1048 Fifth Avenue (at 86th Street) – a museum of early twentieth century German and Austrian art housed in a Fifth Avenue mansion.

New Museum of Contemporary Art, 235 Bowery (bet Stanton & Rivington Sts) – a museum of contemporary art from around the world in an innovative 2007 building designed by Sejima + Nishizawa/SANAA.

New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West (between 76th & 77th Sts) – New York City’s first museum, the New-York Historical Society has an extensive collection of art and historical artifacts from New York City and the United States.

Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street (bet 6th & 7th Aves) – focuses on the art of the Himalayas with special attention to Tibetan art.

Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery Place (bet 1st & 2nd Places) – a museum dedicated to all aspects of high-rise buildings, including construction, design and technology.

Studio Museum in Harlem, 144 West 125th Street (bet Lenox Ave & A.C. Powell Blvd) – the first museum dedicated to the art of African Americans, with a special focus on nineteenth and twentieth century work by artists of African and African-American descent.

Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace (NPS), 28 East 20th Street (bet Broadway & Park Avenue South) – the recreation of the 1840s brownstone in which Theodore Roosevelt was born.

Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Ave (at 75th Street) – housed in the 1966 Marcel Breuer masterpiece, the Whitney Museum has a collection of American art of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. 


Bartow-Pell Mansion (HHT), 895 Shore Road – an 1836 mansion with extensive gardens.

Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Boulevard – one of the world’s largest metropolitan zoos with over 4000 animals on 256 acres.

Edgar Allan Poe Cottage (HHT), 2640 Grand Concourse (bet 192nd & 193rd Sts) – small cottage occupied by Poe, his wife and mother between 1846 until his death in Baltimore in 1849.

New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard – one of the largest urban botanical gardens in the world with over 250 acres of lushly planted landscapes, greenhouses and botanical research laboratories.

Valentine-Varian House (HHT), Varian Park, 3266 Bainbridge Ave at East 208th Street – this 1758 house is the Bronx’s second-oldest building and oldest farmhouse. It houses the Bronx Historical Society.

Van Cortlandt House (HHT), Van Cortlandt Park, Broadway at West 246th Street – the house, built in 1748, is a house museum and is the oldest building in the Bronx.

Wave Hill, 675 Independence Avenue – a public botanical garden and cultural center on the banks of the Hudson overlooking the Palisades of New Jersey.


Brooklyn Botanical Garden, 1000 Washington Ave (at Prospect Park) – a 52-acre botanical garden in Prospect Park; highlights include an extensive bonsai collection, a Japanese pond and garden, numerous cherry trees, and a large rose garden.

Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway (at Washington Ave) – New York City’s second largest art collection in an 1895 McKim Mead and White building with a 2004 entrance pavilion by James Stewart Polshek. It has an extensive collection of American and European painting, drawings and sculpture, and Egyptian, Classical and Neareast art, as well as African art. 

Lefferts House (HHT), Prospect Park, Flatbush Ave at Ocean Ave – built in 1783, the home interprets life in Brooklyn in the early nineteenth century.

Lott House (HHT), 1940 East 36th Street (bet Fillmore Ave & Avenue S) – one of the oldest Dutch farmhouses in New York City.

New York City Transit Museum, Boerum Place (at Schermerhorn St) – housed in a decommissioned subway station, the Transit Museum houses subway cars, trains and buses and describes the development of public transportation in New York City.

Old Stone House (HHT), Washington Park, 5th Avenue at 3rd Street – a 1933 reconstruction of a stone farmhouse that was an important site in the Battle of Long Island (Battle of Brooklyn) during the Revolutionary War.

Weeksville Heritage Center, 1698 Bergen Street (bet Rochester & Buffalo Aves) – the site of an important community of free blacks in the nineteenth century, and one of the few remaining historic sites of pre-Civil War African-American communities in the United States.

Wyckoff Farm House (HHT), 5816 Clarendon Road (at Ralph Avenue) – this ca. 1652 house is the oldest example of a Dutch saltbox frame house in the United States.


King Manor (HHT), 150-03 Jamaica Ave, Jamaica – this 1806 house was home to Rufus King, a signer of the US Constitution. The museum presents life in New York between the Revolution and the Civil War.

Kingsland Homestead (HHT), 143-35 37th Avenue, Flushing – ca. 1785 house interpreted to the Victorian era with exhibits about Queens life post-Civil War.

Latimer House (HHT), 34-41 137th Street, Flushing – a Queen-Anne style house that was home to African-American inventor Lewis Latimer and has exhibits about Latimer’s work.

Louis Armstrong House, 34-56 107th Street, Corona – home of Louis and Lucille Armstrong from 1943 until his death in 1971.

Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria – dedicated to the history and evolution of film, television, digital media and video games. The museum organizes significant exhibitions on historic and contemporary forms of interactive media.

New York Hall of Science, Flushing Meadow-Corona Park, 47-01 111th Street – housed in one of the 1964 Worlds Fair buildings, the museum is dedicated to the hands-on study of science and technology.

Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Road, Long Island City – a museum designed by and devoted to the works of sculptor and designer Isamu Noguchi.

MoMA P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City – this MoMA branch focused on contemporary art is housed in a former public school. It has numerous exhibitions on art and architecture, and hosts the Young Architects Program.

Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Glen Oaks – this museum is the only working farm in New York City and the largest undisturbed tract of farmland in the city, having been farmed since 1697. The museum has several restored farm buildings and vintage farm equipment.

Queens Museum of Art, Flushing Meadow-Corona Park, New York City Bldg – an art museum and home of the Panorama of the City of New York, a scale model of every building in NYC updated to 1992 (with some newer additions). The museum is housed in the New York City Building of the 1964 Worlds Fair. 

Alice Austen House (HHT), 2 Hylan Boulevard –built in the 1690s and renovated as a Gothic Revival cottage in the 1840s, home to Alice Austen, a photographer and icon of the LGBT community.

Conference House (HHT), 7455 Hylan Boulevard – site of the Staten Island Peace Conference, a failed attempt in 1776 to forge peace between the English and American Revolutionaries.

Historic Richmond Town (HHT), 441 Clarke Avenue – a living history village and museum, and home of the Staten Island Historic Society.

Seguine Mansion (HHT), 440 Seguine Avenue – this grand Greek Revival mansion houses a museum focusing on Staten Island’s agricultural and industrial history.

Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 914 Richmond Terrace – several architecturally significant nineteenth-century buildings that were once a home for aged sailors. The buildings now house arts institutions including a maritime museum, a children’s museum, the Staten Island Museum, and the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, while the Staten Island Botanical Garden are located on the center’s grounds.


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