If you are planning to visit NYC for its museums, you will be spoilt for choice once you get there. Whether you want to fly commercial or book private jet charters to New York, you should leave enough time between your arrival and departure to see the sights.

Top 10 museums in NYC


Here are the top ten museums that you should visit:

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

This attraction is located on Museum Mile and was founded in 1897. As the only museum in the United States that is dedicated to contemporary and historic design, it is a must-see. You can now look at their collection digitally on ultra HD touch-screens placed on tables. If you are a design lover, you can solve some design problems in the Problem Lab.

New York Historical Society

This neoclassical structure overlooks the western park of Central Park. In it, you will find the oldest artifacts that are associated with NYC. In the winter, this museum becomes a magical wonderland that includes toys from bygone eras and a collection of model trains.

TIP: Apart from museums, there plenty of other things to do in New York.

American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History This is one of the world’s biggest museums of natural history.

This is one of the world’s biggest museums of natural history. With specimens and exhibits that exceed 33 million, this museum will keep you entertained and busy for a while. Should your children get hungry, they can eat at a handful of places inside the museum.

Museum of the Moving Image

This striking and bold museum allows you to experience a Behind the Scenes exhibit that shows visitors the history of moving images: from optical toys used in the 19th century to the digital equipment used nowadays. You will get to see clips from old films and record your voice over film dialog.

Museum of the City of New York

Founded in 1923, the mission of this museum is to gather, preserve, and display objects that are related to the original history and culture of NYC. With an unusual collection of over 750,000 objects, you will not run out of things to see.

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Whitney Museum of American Art

Located in the heart of the Meatpacking District, the Whitney Museum of American Art has collections ranging from 1912 to the 1960s. The museum features art from a wide array of artists, including Edward Hopper, Alexander Calder, Jackson Pollock, and Lee Krasner. To appreciate everything in this museum truly, you need to visit it several times.

Museum of Modern Art

Museums of Modern Art

With the world’s best collection of contemporary and modern art, MoMA is the leading museum of modern art in the world. This multi-level structure showcases cutting edge contemporary works and modern pieces by artists like Edward Hopper. For traveling exhibitions and big-name installations, the crowds can be quite big so you should get up early.

Brooklyn Museum of Art

This museum boasts at least 1.5 million pieces of art and its first floor has Infinite Blue – a collection of blue in all its varieties with pieces from ancient times to date. If you are looking for a fine collection of Egyptian art, you should go to the third floor.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum


This museum is a monument to modernism and its unique architecture is thrilling. You can see masterpieces of artists like Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, and Jackson Pollock at the Guggenheim.

The Metropolitan Museum

The Metropolitan Museum

The Met’s halls of Greek, Egyptian, and Roman discoveries always capture the visitors’ imaginations. Because NYC residents also love art, the Metropolitan Museum is the top attraction there. You can visit all of its three locations if you want.


No matter which museum you choose to visit, you should give yourself enough time to see the exhibits and art pieces.


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