NYC Top Museums

In case you thought that NYC only has art museums think again! NYC is full of museums focusing on history, natural history, fashion, transit, and the arts. I personally love going to museums and will frequent the same museums over and over when in New York. I enjoy connecting with a city through it’s museums and hope you find my list of top museums in NYC as a valuable resource for your trip. For some of my favorite Free things to do while visiting the Big Apple check out my blog post on Best NYC Hacks!





1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art (the Met)


The MET  is the largest art museum in the USA and it is one that I visit almost every time I am in the city. I’ve never been through or even try to see the whole museum. I visit the same few wings over and over that are personal highlights for me. In a nutshell this place is incredible and should be on everyones must see list!

General Admission $25

Children under 12 Free


The MET Cloisters


The Met Cloisters are a perfect escape from the chaos of the city. The museum has great views of the Hudson River and art, architecture, and meditation gardens from medieval Europe. If you want a breath of fresh air, unicorn tapestries, and breath taking chapels than this is your jam!

General Admission $25

Children under 12 Free

2. The Guggenheim


This iconic spiraled shaped museum designed by architect Frank Loyde Wright is the ultimate when it comes to an intimate museum experience. It often focuses on one artist’s career. You start at the bottom and walk up the spiral walkway as you span the life and career of the artist featured. It is enjoyed in a few hours and you always leave feeling like you’ve learned something new.

General Admission $25

Children under 12 Free


3. Frick


The Frick museum is in one of NYC few remaining Gilded Age mansions. It is the private collection of Henry Clay Frick which was opened to the public upon his passing. The home is incredible to see and the art collected with in is more amazing. He has Bellini, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Gainsborough, Goya, and my personal favorite is a room built for the sole purpose displaying several paintings by Fragonard. It is Charming and easily seen in a few hours.

General Admission $22

Children Under 10 not allowed


4. Whitney


The Whitney is an incredible Modern Art museum with a lot of fun interactive elements. You get Warhols, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Hopper to name a few. This is one of those museums that I frequent on a regular. It is also located at the end of the Highline! So it makes for the perfect day of strolling in and outside lower Manhattan.

General Admission $25

18 and under FREE




The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) is one of the quintessential museums for modern art lovers. The permanent collection boasts the work of Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Evard Munch, Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”, among others. Their temporary exhibits are always really interesting as well – in a  nut shell The MOMA has never let me down!

General Admission $24

Children 16 and under Free


6. American Museum of Natural History


The Museum of Natural History gives you impressive dinosaurs, deep space, unseen oceans, and many more animals to make you wonder at the planet we live on. Always a favorite for the kids and families.

General Admission $23

 Child (2-12) $13


7. Museum of the City of New York


Museum of the City of New York teaches you all about the past, present, and future of NYC. It preserves the heritage and diversity of the city wonderfully and celebrates its people. The Museum has four floors with paintings, toys, photographs and many other items that illustrate New York’s history.

General Admission $18

Children Under 20 FREE


8. The FIT


The FIT is all about the culture of Fashion. It covers 250 years of fashion history! It is fun and full of fashion history! What’s even better is Admission if FREE!



9. The Morgan Library and Museum


The Morgan Library & Museum began as the private library of financier Pierpont Morgan. The library is breath taking to see in person and has impressive exhibits of manuscripts and printed books, some of them in rare bindings, as well as his collection of prints and drawings.

General Admission $20

Children under 12 FREE


10. Rubin Museum of Art


The Rubin Museum of Art is a museum dedicated to the collection, display, and preservation of the art and cultures of the Himalayas and India. It’s unique and cultural – located in the charming neighborhood of Chelsea.

General Admission $19

Children under 12 FREE



11. New York Transit Museum


New York Transit Museum is housed under ground in an authentic 1936 subway station in Downtown Brooklyn. Visitors can board the vintage cars, sit at the wheel of a city bus, step through a time tunnel of turnstiles, and learn about the engineering feats and workers who labored in the tunnels over 100 years ago.

General Admission $10

Children (2-17): $5



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  • Olga Pekalska
    Posted at 03:18h, 06 November Reply

    Ok those all sound absolutely amazing and I want to visit them all on my next NYC trip.
    Thanks so much for your input and summary.
    Much appreciated.

    • Kenzie Tillotson
      Posted at 15:32h, 07 November Reply

      Let me know what you end up visiting!

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