Museum of Illusions

More than 70 exhibits, based on mathematics, psychology, biology and other sciences, invite visitors to test their vision and learn about the human brain and how it perceives. The totally interactive and Instagram-worthy (photos are encouraged) 4,500-square-foot, two-story space in a former bank building includes the Infinity Room, the Tilted Room, the Rotated Room and the Anti-Gravity Room. A playroom challenges young and old minds with teasers, puzzles, knots, tricks and mathematical games.

Hours: M-Th 9 am-10 pm, F-Su 8 am-11 pm

Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

Exhibitions and cultural events at this museum, which was created in 1997, celebrate the lives of those who perished in the Holocaust.

Hours: Thru May 7, 2019: Su-Tu 10 am-6 pm, W-Th 10 am-8 pm, F 10 am-5 pm

Beginning May 8, 2019: Su-Th 10 am-9 pm (last entry 7 pm), F 10 am-5 pm (last entry 3 pm)

Admission: $16 adults, $12 seniors (65+)and patrons with disabilities, $10 students and veterans.

Museum of Modern Art

This powerhouse in the modern art world doubles as one of the best-known museums on the globe. Its galleries burst with intriguing exhibits showcasing mediums ranging from painting and drawing to print and illustration. Photography fans will also find a lot to love at the MoMA (Museum of Modern Art). Classic artworks closely associated with the museum include Andy Warhol's Marilyn Monroe and Pablo Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon.

Museum of Modern Art

One of the world’s greatest repositories of 20th-century art contains masterpieces by van Gogh, Picasso and Matisse, a sculpture garden and an extensive film collection.

Daily 10:30 am-5:30 pm, F until 8 pm

Admission: $25 adults, $18 seniors (65+), $14 students, age 16 and under and F 4-8 pm free

The museum’s final day of general admission is June 15, 2019. On Oct. 21, 2019, the museum reopens its expanded campus and reimagined presentation of modern and contemporary art.

Museum of Sex

This museum is dedicated to the history, evolution and cultural significance of human sexuality.

Hours: Su-Th 11 am-11 pm, F-Sa 11 am-midnight (last ticket sold two hours before closing)

Closed: Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

Admission: $17.50 M-F before 1 pm; $20.50 all other times

Museum of the American Gangster

Visitors learn about the history of organized crime in New York as they venture through an authentic Prohibition-era speakeasy, complete with photographs and artifacts like tommy guns.

Hours: Daily 1-6 pm

Admission: $20 adults, $12 seniors/students

Museum of the City of New York

New York City’s past, present and future are illustrated through paintings, photographs, toys, theatrical costumes, manuscripts and more that reflect the city’s rich diversity. The collection contains approximately 750,000 items. Throughout the year, temporary exhibitions and public programs educate, inform and delight the public.

The permanent exhibition, “New York at Its Core,” is a three-gallery, high-tech look at the city’s 400-year history.

Hours: Daily 10 am-6 pm

Suggested admission: $18 adults, $12 seniors (65+)/students, age 19 and under free

Museum of the Moving Image

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 Encounter: Ocean Odyssey

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)

National Lighthouse Museum

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


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