Museums and Galleries in New York City run the gamut from history to tributes, from modern art to quirky and unique attractions. There's so much here to explore and discover that you can easily turn an entire holiday into a fun and interactive learning experience that’s impossible to forget. You can visit a memorial to one of the greatest tragedies in American history. You can head to a world-famous art gallery to view some of the most important and influential works ever created. You can learn about the fascinating history of aeronautics and space travel. You can also view eccentric museums dedicated to subjects like housing and spycraft. Check out some of the best museums and galleries in New York City.

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    Spyscape Museum

    Experience the history of spycraft, hands-on

    Spyscape is an independent nonprofit museum dedicated to the entire history of spycraft with interactive exhibits and experience zones. The museum also features a James Bond-themed exhibition, the first of its kind in New York. Themed galleries include encryption, deception, surveillance, hacking, cyberwarfare, special ops, and intelligence. Exhibits include World War ll German Enigma machines and spy gadgets, important figures like Edward Snowden and SOE agent Virginia Hall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and many others. You can get hands-on and test your skills in empathy, agility, personality, risk tolerance, and brainpower. It's located in Midtown Manhattan.

    Location: 928 8th Ave, New York, NY 10019, USA

    Open: Friday–Sunday from noon to 7 pm (closed Monday–Thursday)

    Phone: +1 212-549-1941

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    The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Explore one of the largest collections of classic art in the nation

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a colossal museum, part of a museum triad that forms one of the largest collections of artworks in the US, encompassing 5 millennia. The exhibits range from ancient Egypt to medieval weapons, and even the most modern art. It also includes an entire relocated sandstone temple imported from Egypt. The museum is world-famous for the size and quality of its collection, and it's located in the very heart of Manhattan. It can be easily accessed by subway and it's a major stop along what is known as the New York Museum Mile.

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    Location: 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028, USA

    Open: Thursday–Monday from 10 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +1 212-535-7710

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    The Cloisters

    Learn about medieval art and architecture in a replica castle

    The Cloisters is one of a triad of institutional art museums that comprise the Metropolitan in New York and offers medieval art and architectural exhibits. The museum overlooks the Hudson River and takes you through a winding path of tended green space to a reproduction medieval castle built from actual French cloisters. Some highlights of the exhibits include the famed Unicorn Tapestries, the Annunciation Triptych by Robert Campin, and the Fuentidueña, which dates to the 12th century. The entire exhibit is dedicated to the architecture, weapons, and artwork of the Middle Ages.

    Location: 99 Margaret Corbin Dr, New York, NY 10040, USA

    Open: Thursday–Monday from 10 am to 4.30 pm

    Phone: +1 212-923-3700

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    Museum of Modern Art

    See a vast collection of contemporary modernist artwork

    The Museum of Modern Art, or MOMA, carries modernist and contemporary artwork from all over the globe in a 150,000-plus artwork collection. Not only does it include paintings, sculptures, and statuary, but it contains thousands of representative films and photography stills from films. Just a few of the important artists represented are Jackson Pollock, Picasso, Van Gogh, Dali, and others in a collection that can easily take several days to go through. It's located just south of Central Park within easy walking distance to Times Square and Rockefeller Centre.

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    Location: 11 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019, USA

    Open: Daily from 10.30 am to 5.30 pm

    Phone: +1 212-708-9400

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    The Frick Collection

    Check out works from Renoir and Rembrandt in the Frick mansion

    The Frick Collection houses a private set of classical art representing all of the great masters from the 14th through the 19th centuries. The collection is housed in an opulent mansion originally built for Henry Clay Frick in 1914, but based upon 18th-century European architectural styles. The building contains a reflecting pool and a stunning interior courtyard. Collections include sculpture, furniture, and paintings by artists such as Rembrandt Renoir, Vermeer, and Riesener, amongst others. It's located along 5th Avenue right at the borders of Central Park.

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    Location: 1 E 70th St, New York, NY 10021, USA

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    Phone: +1 212-288-0700

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    Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

    Explore the cosmos from the moon to the ocean floor

    The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum covers the entire history of aeronautics, seafaring, and space travel, including an aircraft carrier lined with real fighters and a space shuttle. You'll be able to check out the original Concorde airliner and explore an actual nuclear submarine. This museum covers just about everything you ever wanted to know about the military history of air and sea and their efforts to explore the cosmos. From outer space to the skies above, from the ocean surface to the seafloor, you'll find exhibits, artefacts, photos, information, and real vessels to explore and experience. It's located in the Hell's Kitchen area.

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    Location: Pier 86, W 46th St, New York, NY 10036, USA

    Open: Wednesday–Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +1 212-245-0072

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    The New York Hall of Science

    Explore the worlds of science, technology, engineering, and maths

    The New York Hall of Science is your hands-on opportunity to experience and explore all things science, technology, engineering, and maths with over 450 exhibits. The New York Hall of Science is Manhattan's answer to a genuine science museum and has been in place since the 1964 World's Fair. Today, it houses interactive exhibits in all areas of STEM. Many of the exhibits are hands-on and encourage visitors to experience and explore the world of technology and technological development for themselves. It's a wonderful place for kids to get involved in STEM paths and for adults to learn something new, too. It's just off the 111th Street 7 train stop.

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    Location: 47-01 111th St, Queens, NY 11368, USA

    Phone: +1 718-699-0005

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    Tenement Museum

    See a 19th-century building that housed 7,000 immigrant workers

    The Tenement Museum is an unusual attraction encompassing both a landmark tenement that dates to 1863, and the surrounding area. The museum is only accessible by group tour, which should be booked in advance, and allows visitors inside a building that once housed nearly 7,000 working-class immigrants. The indoor exhibits tell the storey of early American workers and the socio-political issues that shaped their lives and society at the time. At the end of the tour, you can visit a gift shop with puzzles, housewares, and puzzles as souvenirs to take home.

    Location: 103 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002, USA

    Open: Saturday–Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm

    Phone: +1 877-975-3786

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    American Museum of Natural History

    Cover the history of the world from meteors to minerals and beyond

    The American Museum of Natural History offers vast exhibits covering the entire geographic, anthropological, sociological, and human history of the world in an accessible and easy-to-understand way. While this vast museum is kid-friendly, it’s still a great deal of fun for adults. The epic collection spans 45 different exhibit halls and showcases everything from meteorites to minerals, prehistoric animals to modern alligators. It includes a planetarium, IMAX and 3D cinema experiences, and a gift shop. Best of all, this Central Park museum offers you to pay what you wish to enter!

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    Location: 200 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024, USA

    Open: Wednesday–Sunday from 10 am to 5.30 pm (closed Monday–Tuesday)

    Phone: +1 212-769-5100

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    9/11 Memorial & Museum

    Commemorate one of the most tragic days in American history

    The 9/11 Memorial & Museum is located at Ground Zero and commemorates the historic terrorist attacks that permanently altered the fabric of American life. The museum recounts the events of that day and the outcome of the attacks. It also explores the individual stories of families who were directly affected. The museum goes beyond the events of the day to look at how it's changed our society, how it's become a part of our collective memory, and why it's important to memorialise the day of 9/11. It's easy to access by getting off the Subway at the World Trade Centre stop.

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    Location: 180 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10007, USA

    Open: Thursday–Monday from 10 am to 5 pm (closed Tuesday–Wednesday)

    Phone: +1 212-312-8800

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