Built by British Col. Roger Morris in 1765, this Palladian-style house was used as Gen. George Washington’s headquarters for five weeks in 1776 during the American Revolution. Following the Revolution, the house was bought by successful merchant Stephen Jumel, whose widow, Eliza, married Aaron Burr, who gained notoriety as the man who challenged Alexander Hamilton to a duel and killed him. Eliza divorced Burr in 1836 and continued to live in the house until her death, at age 90, in 1865. Today, the mansion's rooms are furnished to recreate different periods in its history.
This institution, housed in a 1799 stone carriage house that became a hotel in 1826, takes visitors back to the days when midtown Manhattan was a country escape for New Yorkers living in the crowded city at the southern tip of the island.
Hours: Tu-Su 11 am-4 pm
Closed: New Year’s Day, the first Su in May, July 4, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
Admission: $8 adults, $7 seniors/students, children under 12 and accompanied by an adult free
Located in the restored national historic landmark Eldridge Street Synagogue, the museum presents the culture, history and traditions of Jewish immigrants on the Lower East Side. Guided one-hour tours are offered on the hour.
Hours: Su-Th 10 am-5 pm, F 10 am-3 pm
Closed: Sa, Thanksgiving Day and New Year’s Day
Admission: $14 adults, $10 seniors/students, $8 children 5-17, children under 5 and M free
Permanent galleries and several special-focus temporary exhibitions in the former headquarters of the Bank of New York chronicle the creation of the nation’s financial structure and encourage visitors to learn more about their own financial lives.
Hours: Tu-Sa 10 am-4 pm
Admission: $8 adults, $5 seniors/students, children under 6 free.
The process of transforming materials into expressive objects is celebrated at this center for innovative arts and crafts.
Hours: Tu-W, F-Su 10 am-6 pm, Th 10 am-9 pm
Admission: $16 adults, $14 seniors, $12 students, children under 18 free, pay what you wish Th 6-9 pm
Housed in the second oldest house in the Bronx, the wood and stone Valentine-Varian House, built in 1758, this museum hosts changing exhibitions, while the front parlor has a permanent display about the development of the area. Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun 1-5 p.m. $5 adults, $3 seniors/students/children.
Artifacts, exhibits, events and archives chronicle the traditions and history of Chinese Americans.
Hours: Tu-W, F-Su 11 am-6 pm, Th 11 am-9 pm
Closed: New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
Admission: $10 adults, $5 seniors (65+)/students, children under 12 and first Th of the month free
It stands to reason that, in a city as obsessed with food as New York is, there should be an interactive museum dedicated to the culinary arts, with exhibits that visitors can taste, touch and smell.
Hours: F-Su noon-6 pm (last entry 5:30 pm)
General admission (includes unlimited fortune cookies and a small complimentary tasting): $14 adults, $10 seniors/students/military/disabled/low-income, $7 children 6-17, free for children 5 and under