Cooper Hewitt

Located in the former residence of Andrew Carnegie, this Smithsonian museum uses groundbreaking technology to create interactive exhibits on historic and contemporary design.

Hours:  S-F 10 am-6 pm, Sa 10 am-9 pm. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day

Admission: $18 adults, $12 seniors (62+), $9 students, age 18 and under free, pay what you wish Sa 6-9 pm

Czech Center New York

Dedicated to building a dialogue among Czechs and Americans through culture and business.

Hours: Daily 10 am-6 pm

Admission: Free

David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center

The visitor facility offers day-of discount tickets to performances across the Lincoln Center campus, two 21-foot-high vertical gardens, free Wi-Fi access, a ‘wichcraft café and free concerts every Thurs at 7:30 p.m.; tickets ($18) for guided tours of Lincoln Center can be purchased here. Atrium: Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Sat-Sun 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Discount Tickets: Tes-Fri 2-7:45 p.m., Sat noon-2 p.m. & 3-7:45 p.m.

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Dia Art Foundation: The New York Earth Room

Called an “interior earth sculpture,” Walter De Maria’s installation brings nature—280,000 lbs. of earth filling a massive space—to an urban environ.

Hours: W-Su noon-6 pm (closed 3-3:30 pm)

Admission: Free

Dyckman Farmhouse Museum

Built circa 1784 and recently restored, this Dutch Colonial farmhouse retains the actual furniture owned by the Dyckman family during the American Revolution. Other rooms include historical relics: cannonballs from the Revolutionary War, torn flags, various weapons and uniforms.

Hours: Th-Sa 11 am-4 pm, Su 11 am-3 pm

Admission: $1 adults, children under 10 free.

East Coast Memorial

A large plaza and eight 19-foot-tall gray granite pylons are inscribed with the names, ranks, organizations and states of 4,601 American servicemen who were lost in the Atlantic Ocean during World War II. Daily dawn-11 p.m. Free.

El Museo del Barrio

The art and cultural heritage of the Caribbean and Latin America are celebrated at this center of Latin pride.

Hours: W-Sa 11 am-6 pm, Su noon-5 pm. Closed New Year's Day, July 4, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

Suggested admission: $9 adults, $5 seniors/students, children under 12 free.

Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration

Millions of immigrants entered the U.S. on this historic island between 1892 and 1954. In addition to viewing artifacts displayed in the museum, visitors seeking their heritage are welcome to consult the archives of the American Family Immigration History Center. The Peopling of America galleries tell the story of immigration to America before the processing center opened in 1892 and after it closed in 1954.

Hours: Open daily

Admission: Free

Empire State Building Experience

Magnificent 360-degree views of New York from the 86th- and 102nd-floor observatories. At night, the building’s top-tier LED lights commemorate holidays and noteworthy events. An interactive, multimedia sustainability exhibit on the second floor describes the building’s energy retrofit program. Audio tours available in nine languages.

Hours: Daily 8 am-2 am (last elevator ascends 1:15 am)

Main deck (86th floor) admission: $37 adults, $35 seniors (62+), $31 children 6-12, age 5 and under free


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