Museums in New York City

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  • Mario A
    Sonoma, CA180 contributions
    We signed up for the 9 am guided tour "before the public" - and it did not disappoint. They have done a tremendous job on this museum and it is hard not to get teary eyed when visiting this memorial. Well worth the visit
    Written 1 July 2022
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  • Maddie E
    1 contribution
    Museums have paved the way in education to remember and persevere our history. With that being art from the middle ages, sarcophagus from Egypt, or cloths from the 1800s.
    The culture shock you get when you walk from one exhibit room to the next is bizarre.
    Museums are important because without them we can’t experience life from other centuries. Experiencing life from other centuries educates us. Without the education from other countries and learning from the past we are bound to make mistakes so it’s important that we open our minds, shut our mouths and listen to what history has to say
    we are able to see the past, and actually visualize it we can sensitize with it. In the Met you can see armor they used in the middle ages, you can see the gate they had to hold in the castle to keep the royal family safe from battle. Seeing that, you can vizualise it and put yourself in their shoes
    You need to experience the temperature change when you go from the Egyptian section with a wall of windows to the downstairs basement with historical Met gala dress and fashion.
    Being able to stand at the main entrance, people bustling around everywhere like bees, looking up and seeing famous mosaics I only had seen in pictures in person is a holy experience.
    The Met has incredible things that reach over 6,000 years and span over the entire globe. From Egypt, China, France, Syria, and more. The widely diverse collection in the Met helps a student not only go back in time but also to travel across the world without leaving the state.
    With this kind of education, we get to learn so much about other countries.
    like the Met, museums help us understand people from all over the world.
    I believe museums should be celebrated more. We need museums to preserve our history, remember it, and educate us.
    To sum up, the Met is astronomically helpful to the community and to the future to help persevere and educate us as we move forward.
    Written 30 June 2022
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  • ExploreWorld9732
    Saint Paul, MN78 contributions
    Beautiful surroundings for a fabulous museum! This is a treasure trove of medieval art. We spent the better part of a day there. Pack a bag lunch, as we found the little restaurant expensive & not very good—& we aren’t hard to please!
    Written 12 June 2022
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  • widesmile
    Blooming Prairie, MN29 contributions
    We were joyfully surprised and raptured by a host of historical treasures on display at the library. While we did not take the paid tour, our experience here was unforgettable. Something in this well curated collection will stir your passion of history, cultural awakening. and science. Thank you to the the staff and benefactors. It was my mini Smithsonian in New York.
    Written 25 June 2022
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  • dustythoughts
    Manchester, CT1,567 contributions
    I've lived and worked in the city, and come to visit many times, but I was surprised at how long it took me to visit this museum. Permanently housed at Pier 86, it's a testament to the lived experiences of the US military while not being overly jingoistic.
    It's incredibly informative while also being very hands-on, so you get to actually experience the things you're learning about during your visit. Seeing the old submarine and aircrafts was great, and it was very eye-opening to see where the sailors lived and ate (which were much smaller than I realized, even though I knew on an intellectual basis that they were very small - but seeing is believing!). They also have exhibits on other parts of military and maritime history, such as kamikazes, the Cold War, and the Vietnam War. I think I could come back here and learn something new every time.
    Written 1 May 2022
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  • Jan W
    Canton of Vaud, Switzerland529 contributions
    The building itself is very beautiful and full of history.
    The museum is certainly very interesting but a lot of things to read and that in English, you need a good level of English and time.
    Written 1 July 2022
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  • Jan W
    Canton of Vaud, Switzerland529 contributions
    Gigantic and instructive museum equivalent to the Museum of Man in Paris

    A huge collection dedicated to nature with a superb presentation. one has the impression to observe real animals.
    Very beautiful scenography and a lot of explanation.
    Of course, the museum is very busy because many groups and schoolchildren visit.
    To be privileged by rainy or hot weather.
    Written 1 July 2022
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  • AlanP00le
    Cricklade, UK402 contributions
    I enjoyed this Museum - especially the top floor galleries but I was a bit disappointed that there were not Banksies, Lowries, or Mondrians when I visited
    Written 29 June 2022
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  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia10,756 contributions
    The Frick Collection consists mainly of Old Masters collected in Europe by Henry Clay Frick (1849-1919). Frick was an immensely wealthy industrialist, who rose to the top of New York society during the Gilded Age. Frick donated his collection and the mansion that houses it to the people. Anyone visiting New York City who is interested in art should view the Frick Collection. By the way, the Frick Collection is currently housed in a temporariy gallery while the historic mansion is undergoing renovation.
    Written 22 April 2022
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  • Jan W
    Canton of Vaud, Switzerland529 contributions
    A fascinating visit with audio guides, very well organized museum. A great explanation of history of immigration of US.
    Written 1 July 2022
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  • SaraRichards
    London, UK235 contributions
    It's worth $22 for a visit, but a Free Friday ticket meant I could save my budget for the gift shop (which was astonishingly comprehensive - one of the best I've ever seen). I particularly enjoyed the James Joyce exhibit which celebrated the centenary of Ulysses, but the library and regular exhibits were also wonderfu. I hadn't expected to see any Brontë juvenalia, but there it was! Sadly, you cannot get to the library balconies, but you can admire them.
    Written 25 June 2022
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  • jmlittrell
    Germantown, TN8 contributions
    The museum is awesome and an absolute must do experience when visiting NYC. Every tour is a completely different experience so you haven’t “done” the museum until you have done them all. How much you learn depends on which tour guide you get. Did one today and the guide spent 15 minutes talking about himself and having the participants introduce themselves before the tour ever began. Paid to experience the history of the people and the neighborhood, not the guests who are visiting today and the guide giving the tour. Have been many times before and this was disappointing.
    Written 27 June 2022
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  • Footprints44060
    6 contributions
    We had the opportunity to talk directly to the Workshops' founder, Gary Suson. At the time, we were in New York City for a 5 day trip and we had seen already a lot of the major sites. We had planned a special day for 9/11. We didn’t know was that his Workshop was closed Sunday-Tuesday, and we expected we would have to miss it. Instead, he returned our call and invited us to come over and set up a personalized tour with one other family. We jumped at the chance.

    I did voice my concerns about the content for our kids, who are 4, 6 and 10 yrs old. Gary reassured us that no jarring audio or graphic images would be presented that might upset them. His content primarily chronicled the experiences, artifacts and memories of the rescue teams who searched for months (through all kind of conditions) for survivors or their remains. It was so unique as Gary told his story of being there, taking photographs and working alongside so many brave people.

    The kids were very attentive in good part because there are so many ways to learn – an audiovisual introduction, an interpersonal conversation and a kinesthetic opportunity. That’s right – Mr. Suson allows you to touch or hold several artifacts, including rare window glass or metal from the building’s support beams. Frankly, you won’t have that opportunity at the 9/11 exhibit! He graciously answered questions and gave us plenty of time to have a meaningful and personal experience amongst his collection. And he’s a darn good photographer, too.
    Written 20 January 2022
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  • orcasgal
    Orcas Island, WA471 contributions
    We came for the Tiffany lamps, and there was so much more of interest. I enjoyed the upside-down doll most of the additional exhibits. The two films were very well done and held our interest.
    Unfortunately, while my excitement was high, the Audubon exhibit was very small. I had been in Key West in January and the Audubon House there had much more. Plus, I used to live one-mile from the tiny Heard Museum in Fairview, TX, and their exhibit is the best I have ever seen of Audubon's work.
    Storico, the museum restaurant here, was decently-priced good food, too.
    Written 18 March 2022
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  • StephenCross
    Dublin, Ireland17,094 contributions
    Museum on 55th and 8th. More of an activity than a museum. Entrance is on 8th Avenue. Worth a visit. Also good for kids to visit.
    Written 14 November 2021
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