The art, history, technique and technology of film, television and digital media are explored through exhibitions, programs and the nation’s largest permanent collection of moving-image artifacts.
Hours: W-Th 10:30 am-5 pm, F 10:30 am-8 pm, Sa-Su 10:30 am-6 pm
Admission: $15 adults, $11 seniors (65+)/students, $9 ages 3-17, children under 3 and F 4-8 pm free
National Geographic’s immersive and interactive experience is an underwater walk-through adventure that takes explorers into the depths of the Pacific Ocean, where they encounter a life-size humpback whale and witness a battle between predatory Humboldt squid, among other rarely seen occurrences in nature. The journey, using cutting-edge digital technology and National Geographic’s photorealistic animation and projections, lasts approximately 90 minutes.
Opening hours: Su-Th 10 am-9 pm, F-Sa 10 am-10 pm (last ticket sold one hour before closing)
Located in St. George, Staten Island, on the site of the former U.S. Lighthouse Service General Depot, the National Lighthouse Museum is devoted to the preservation of lighthouses—as well as the interpretation of objects related to lighthouses—throughout the nation. While at the museum, visitors learn about the heritage of the American lighthouse through educational programs, publications, films, festivals, living history, lighthouse trails, conferences and more. The museum is adjacent to the Staten Island Ferry.
Hours: Tu-Su 11 am-5 pm
Winter hours: Tu-Su 11 am-4 pm
Housed in the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, and one of the few branches of the Smithsonian Institution that is located outside Washington, D.C., this is the nation’s first museum to promote Native American history, culture, languages and arts in exhibitions culled from the Smithsonian’s extensive collection of decorative and functional ethnographic objects, including beadwork, stone carvings, painted hides, turquoise jewelry, fur clothing, skin kayaks and moose hair embroidery.
Within the original footprints of the Twin Towers are two massive pools consisting of 30-foot cascading waterfalls and parapets, on which are inscribed the names of nearly 3,000 victims from the 9/11 attacks in New York, at the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania, as well as the Feb. 26, 1993, World Trade Center bombing. Adjacent to the memorial is a museum detailing the history and impact of 9/11 by means of recovered artifacts and multimedia displays.
Memorial Hours: Daily 7:30 am-9 pm
Memorial admission: Free
The elegant town-house museum is dedicated to 20th-century German and Austrian fine and decorative art and design by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Otto Dix and others.
Hours: Th-M 11 am-6 pm
Admission: $20 adults, $15 seniors (65+), $10 students, first F of the month 6-9 pm free. Children under 12 not admitted; children 12-16 must be accompanied by an adult
Boasting seven levels of gallery space, this museum explores contemporary cutting-edge art in a variety of mediums by American and international artists.
Hours: Tu-W, F-Su 11 am-6 pm, Th 11 am-9 pm
Admission: $18 adults, $15 seniors (65+), $12 students, under 18 free, pay what you wish Th 7-9 pm
More than 8,000 marine animals representing 350 species live in replicas of the ocean at this family-favorite attraction in Coney Island.
Thru May 25, 2018: Daily 10 am-4:30 pm (last entry 3:30 pm)
May 26-Sept. 1, 2018: Daily 10 am-6 pm (last entry 5 pm)
Admission: $11.95 ages 3 and up, children 2 and under free
Miles of impressively lush gardens and walking trails, educational programs, free tours and a hands-on children’s adventure garden offer an escape from the city.
Hours: Tu-Su 10 am-6 pm. January-February: Tu-Su 10 am-5 pm
Grounds-only admission (New York City residents only): $13 adults, $6 seniors (65+)/students, $3 children 2-12, children under 2 free.