New York City is known for having some of the most magnificent museums in the world, visitors come from all over to peruse their hallowed halls. On Tuesday 18 of the biggest museums took to Instagram for #museuminstaswap where they showcased pictures from each others collections and found common ground between them. In honor of this great event we made a list of a few of NYC’s more under the radar museums!
THE CITY RELIQUARY
Celebrating all things New York, past and present, this Williamsburg spot features a permanent collection of weird and wonderful NYC artifacts including dozens of Statue of Liberty figurines, pieces of famous buildings, and even old seltzer bottles. The not-for-profit community museum also hosts rotating unique community collections.
Admission: General Admission $5; Students, Educators, Seniors $4; Children and Museum Employees with ID FREE
MUSEUM OF THE MOVING IMAGE
This cool, high-tech museum in Astoria honors film, television, and digital media through screenings, lectures, educational programs, and very interesting exhibitions. Featuring permanent exhibitions with thousands of artifacts as well as cool interactive computer experiences, it’s a great museum for all ages. Next up is a comprehensive exploration of Jim Henson’s career, sure to be a wonderful walk down memory lane.
Hours: Wedn-Thurs 10:30AM-5PM; Fri 10:30AM-8PM (FREE HOURS 4-8PM); Sat-Sun 11:30AM-7PM; Closed Mon-Tues
Admission: Adults $12; Students & Senior Citizens $9; Children 3-12 $6; Children under 3 and Members FREE
MORBID ANATOMY MUSEUM
Dedicated to celebrating the intersection of death and beauty, the Morbid Anatomy Museum is a one of a kind collection of artifacts and artwork, medical models, taxidermy, and a research library of over 1,000 books. Along with these sort of creepy but really cool exhibits, the museum hosts very cool lecture series and workshops.
Hours: 12-6PM, Closed Tues
Admission: Adults $8; Seniors & Students $6; Children 12 & under FREE
MUSEUM OF FOOD AND DRINK
Advertising itself as “New York City’s first food museum with exhibits you can eat,” the brand new MOFAD is a treat for both budding foodies and full on experts alike. Celebrating the culture, history, science, production, and commerce of food and drink, the museum also features lectures, workshops, and super cool exhibitions like the one currently on display through the end of February, Flavor: Making It and Faking It.
Hours: Wedn-Thurs 12-5PM; Fri 12-8PM; Sat-Sun 12-6PM; Closed Mon-Tues
Admission: Adults $10; Reduced (Student, Senior, Low-income) $8; Youth (5-17) $5; Children under 5 FREE
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MATHEMATICS
To stimulate your brain and have fun at the same time, try the National Museum of Mathematics. Innovative interactive exhibits teach visitors of all ages about the amazing patterns that shape the world around us, and a jam-packed fun calendar of events provides endless ways to grow your mind. MoMath is “the coolest thing that ever happened to math!”
Admission: Adults $15; Children, Students & Seniors $9; Toddlers FREE
NEW YORK CITY FIRE MUSEUM
The largest collection of fire related artifacts, art, and gear in the world, the New York City Fire Museum celebrates the progression of firefighting in NYC with exhibits, a memorial to the members of the FDNY who lost their lives on 9/11, and a mock apartment and artificial smoke machine to teach children about fire safety. It’s truly a New York City institution.
Admission: Adults $8; Students, Seniors, Children 12 & under $3; Children under 2 FREE