Attractions

101 Spring Street

The SoHo home and studio of minimalist Donald Judd (1928-1994) is a multistory, completely restored cast-iron structure. All artworks, including important pieces by Judd, Dan Flavin, Jean Arp, Kurt Schwitters, John Chamberlain and others, are displayed as originally installed by Judd.

Hours: The museum is open for 90-minute guided visits Tu, Th-F at 1, 3 & 5 pm, Sa 11 am, 1, 2 & 4 pm by reservation only. Reservations can be made online or by calling 866.811.4111. The museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day and Dec. 24–Jan. 2

9/11 Tribute Center

Recovered objects, photographs, oral stories, films and personal effects—such as a tattered lamb stuffed animal, a fireman’s jacket and a diner receipt—displayed in the museum's galleries offer visitors the chance to pay their respects to the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, NYC terrorist attacks.

Hours: M-Sa 10 am-6 pm, Su 10 am-5 pm

Gallery admission: $15 adults, $10 seniors/students/military, $5 children 8-12

Gallery admission and guided walking tour of the 9/11 Memorial: $25 adults/seniors/students/military, $10 children 8-12

AC Institute

A center for creative study and experimentation features art showcases ranging from performance art to readings to fine art exhibits. Wed-Sat 1-5 p.m.

African Burial Ground National Monument

The national historic landmark in Lower Manhattan marks the site where enslaved and free Africans were buried during the 18th century. The grounds were rediscovered in 1991

Visitor Center: Tu-Sa 10 am-4 pm

Outdoor Memorial: M-Sa 9 am-5 pm (Closed Nov. 1, 2015-March 1, 2016)

Admission: Free

Alice Austen House

Also known as Clear Comfort, this is where professional Victorian photographer Alice Austen spent most of her youth. Today, the house is a historic landmark, displaying mementos and photographs from both Austen’s life and her work.

Hours: Tu-Su 11 am-5 pm

Admission: $3 suggested donation

Alley Pond Environmental Center

More than one hundred acres of woodlands, trails, streams and ponds, plus a nature center that offers classes, a wildlife tracking seminar and a hands-on animal center. Daily 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Call ahead if coming on Sat & Sun, as weekend hours can vary.). Free.

American Airpower Museum

Visitors can explore an impressive selection of hangars built and designed during World War II and containing operational warplanes from WWII battles—including an original, flight-ready 1944 P-47 Thunderbolt, North American AT-6, Vought F4U Corsair and Curtiss P-40 Warhawk—and authentic period flight gear, plus a collection of WWII vehicles and artillery, such as a Sherman tank and General Patton’s armored cars that helped break down the gates to Nazi concentration camps.

Hours: Thu-Su 10:30 am-4 pm

American Folk Art Museum

The museum’s permanent collection of more than 8,000 objects focuses on works created by self-taught (as opposed to formally trained) American artists in a variety of mediums and dating from the 18th century to today. Included are paintings, from portraits to genre scenes; quilts, needlework and other textiles; and 3-D works, such as weather vanes and whirligigs. 

Hours: Tu-Th, Sa 11:30 am-7 pm, F noon-7:30 pm, Su noon-6 pm

Holiday Hours (Nov. 9–Dec. 28): M-Th 11:30 am-7:30 pm, F noon-7:30 pm, Sa 11:30 am-7 pm, Su noon-6 pm

Admission: Free

American Museum of Natural History

Guests explore halls filled with full-scale dinosaur skeletons, fossils, dioramas, artifacts, gems and minerals (including a rare 2-foot-long jade slab), meteorites and more. The Hayden Planetarium, with its immersive space show, is located in the museum’s Rose Center for Earth and Space.

Hours: Daily 10 am-5:45 pm Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day

Suggested admission: $22 adults, $17 seniors/students (with ID), $12.50 ages 2-12

Anish Kapoor: Descension

(May 3-Sept. 10, 2017)

Sculptor Anish Kapoor’s public-art installation invites spectators to experience how a seemingly ordinary element like water can behave in an out-of-the-ordinary way. Twenty-six feet in diameter and surrounded by a railing, “Descension” is a continuously spiraling funnel of water that has been treated with an all-natural black dye. Kapoor has created a mesmerizing negative space alive with energy as it bores into the ground. 

Daily 6 am-1 am

Free

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