Speciality Museums in New York City

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Speciality Museums in New York City

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  • I W
    Leicestershire, UK290 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This and the whole area is an awesome tribute to the people who lost their lives in an awful event. You will easily spend 2 or 3 hours here. They cover the event and the stories of various people from various perspectives in an interesting and informative way. It was very sensitively done. It was a sobering experience and I found it quite emotional at times. Highly recommended.
    Written 16 June 2024
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  • Sandy B
    218 contributions
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    This stunning building is definitely worth a visit. Better still, take one of their free tours. You will learn so much about the history of the library and you will get to see some rooms that you wouldn’t as a regular visitor. Tickets for these tours go online Sunday for the following week and go quickly. Best of all they are FREE. The guide was amazing and had a wealth of knowledge. The library has a small museum with a fascinating collection of artifacts. And the library’s gift shop shouldn’t be missed.
    Written 23 June 2024
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  • Maree H
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    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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  • Robin B
    Phoenix, AZ1,477 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had been wanting to visit this for a long time. The last time we were in New York, we were being cheap. Let’s face it: $30 a tour is a little pricey. But this trip we decided to bite the bullet and take two tours and both tours were well worth the price. We did the “Under One Roof” tour first. Sallie was our guide for that tour and she was one of the best docent/tour guides I’ve encountered in a long time. She knew everything about the history of the two families, immigrants and the tenement itself. Our second tour, “After the Famine” was interesting as well, but the docent, while knowledgeable, wasn’t as enthusiastic as Sallie. There is a very nice gift shop. Splurge and take a tour.
    Written 20 June 2024
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  • Denise S
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I went with my daughter as part of our mother daughter vacation and we had a ball! The Carnival was so much fun! We will definitely recommend this museum!
    Written 23 June 2024
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  • Robin B
    Phoenix, AZ1,477 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is the original library built by J. Pierpont Morgan, with an Annex that was built around it around 100 years ago, that serves as an art museum. The library itself is beautiful and interesting and took us about 45 minutes to go through. There is an audio tour you can download and if you took time to listen to every room and description, it would take 1 to 1-1/2 hours. The rest of the museum was just okay in my opinion. We didn’t spend much time in that part of the museum. There’s a nice gift shop and a café. I thought admission was a little steep, especially since this is a pretty small museum, but I would pay again to visit the library portion. The security guard was on a bit of a power trip: there were about 20 people waiting for the museum to open at 10:30, who had been waiting 15 minutes or longer. He got around to unlocking the doors at about 10:35 and wouldn't let anyone in until he methodically, and slowly, unlocked each and every door.
    Written 20 June 2024
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  • Boyd J
    Maleny, Australia1,697 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, CA418 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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  • Razorfish
    Little Rock, AR3,931 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My wife and I visited Ellis Island Immigration Museum after seeing the Statue of Liberty. It was fascinating to see the old photos of people arriving in a new country with hope of starting a different life.
    Written 18 June 2024
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  • Kamorgenh
    Fredericksburg, VA0 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small eclectic museum. Two excellent short films in a comfortable theater. Beautiful collection of Tiffany lamps, an exhibit on Robert Caro, and a fine gift shop are some of the highlights. Wander around and you’re likely to find something of interest.
    Written 22 June 2024
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  • LarsieB
    Denver, Colorado, USA1,540 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, MN1,474 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, MA749 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, CA8,369 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, TX560 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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