New York City is one of the cultural capitals of the world and it’s filled with great museums. Long Island, the suburbs spreading east of the city, also has a rich history with plenty of museums to visit. Whether you’re into art, history or science, some of the best museums in New York are just a short ride away.
The Best Museums in New York
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
With over 2 million square feet of property, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the most famous museums in New York. The Met is home to art from countless cultures and historical eras. The museum’s hundreds of galleries span from 19th century European armors and weapons to Contemporary American Art. You can spend hours in the Met and barely scratch the surface of their extensive number of exhibits.
The American Museum of Natural History
Since 1869, the American Museum of Natural History has been circulating information about the natural world. The AMNH has exhibitions dedicated to space, human life and animal life. In just a few hours at this museum you’ll learn about human origins and dinosaurs as you’re stunned by the exhibits. Dinosaur bones, a full-scale blue whale model and cultural artifacts from primitive civilizations can all be found here. You can explore the museum yourself or go on a guided tour.
The Merchant’s House Museum
The Merchant’s House Museum is one of the few surviving examples of New York City architecture from the 19th century. The Tredwells, a wealthy merchant-class family, lived in this house on East Fourth Street for nearly 100 years. A huge number of their possessions including decorations, photographs, books, art and textiles were kept in the house, which was turned into a museum in 1936. The Merchant’s House Museum is also rumored to be haunted by Gertrude Tredwell, who lived her entire 93 years of life in the house. Is it really haunted? Find out for yourself!
The City Reliquary is located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and is dedicated to connecting its visitors to both the past and present of New York. The City Reliquary houses everyday New York City cultural relics ranging from old subway tokens to a set of dentures found in Dead Horse Bay. Most of the items found in the museum are not exactly rare, making the City Reliquary different than most other museums in New York. The museum is a tribute to New York that will deepen your appreciation of the city that never sleeps.
Nassau County Museum of Art
The Nassau County Museum of Art is located in Roslyn Harbor, New York. It is home to a permanent collection of over 500 pieces of American and European art from the 19th and 20th centuries. There is also a formal garden at the museum, with an arrangement of walks, flower beds and hedges that provides the perfect place to spend a peaceful day.
Cradle of Aviation
Located in East Garden City, New York, the Cradle of Aviation is dedicated to documenting Long Island’s part in the history of aviation and space exploration. Part of the land it’s located on was once home to the Mitchel Air Force Base, which was the site of several historical flights. The Cradle of Aviation displays aviation items from hot air balloon baskets to planes from World Wars I and II to modern jets. There are also plenty of spacecrafts at the Cradle of Aviation, including a rocket designed by Dr. Robert Goddard, who is the father of every rocket that flies.
If you’re looking to enrich yourself with culture, whether it be global or local, there are some great museums in New York that could provide you with an immense education in just a few short hours. If you need a ride to any of these museums, please call us at a location near you or make a reservation.