American Folk Art Museum
2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Ave. at 66th Street)
This jewel of a museum boasts the country’s most important collection of American folk art. If you love quilts, weather vanes, folk paintings and the like, you’ll find plenty to admire here, and there’s a variety of educational programs including hands-on workshops for the aspiring artisan.
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American Museum of Natural History
200 Central Park West (Central Park West at 79th Street)
Located just west of Central Park, the Museum of Natural History is an entertaining and scientific destination for the entire family. With exciting discovery tours, space shows, animation and music shows, IMAX movies, and Hayden Planetarium, the American Museum of Natural History allows children and their family to explore the heavens right here on Earth.
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Museum of Arts and Design
2 Columbus Circle (between Broadway and Eighth Avenue)
The Museum of Arts and Design has five floors, and over 54,000 square feet of gallery space will be exclusively dedicated to its growing permanent collection, an exhibition gallery for contemporary jewelry, open artist studios that allow visitors to watch the creative process and a wide range of films, lectures, artists talks and workshops for the whole family. The Museum of Arts and Design collects, displays, and interprets objects that document contemporary and historic innovation in craft, art and design. In its exhibitions and educational programs, the museum celebrates the creative process through which materials are crafted into works that enhance contemporary life.
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Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street (Between Fifth and Sixth Avenue)
Founded in 1929 as an educational institution, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is dedicated to being the foremost display of modern art in the world. Central to its mission is the encouragement of an ever deeper understanding and enjoyment of modern and contemporary art by the diverse local, national and international audiences that it serves.
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New-York Historical Society Museum
170 Central Park West at 77th Street
Dedicated as it is to the 400 years of history, artifacts and art that tell the story of America through the prism of New York, the New-York Historical Society Museum is probably the best place to learn about the real old New York City. Located in the heart of Manhattan, the museum’s landmark building is brimming with heroines, heroes and legends – from Peter Stuyvesant and George Washington to Pierre Toussaint and Marian Anderson. The museum houses the world’s largest collection of Tiffany lamps, a collection of 18th-century newspapers, all of John James Audubon’s preparatory works for Birds of America and much more.
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