Museum Tours You Mustn’t Miss in New York

Heather Dilts-Baiano
Roosevelt American Museum of Natural History

New York is home to over 100 museums. It is a city full of history and culture, and makes a wonderful place for a day trip. Because there are so many amazing places to visit, here are a few museum must-sees while you are in the city – the finest museum tours in New York.

Naturally Interesting

Did you ever see the movie, “Night at the Museum?” The American Museum of Natural History is the very one featured in the movie, less the talking head and aggressive Mongols, of course. However, the real history is there ready to be discovered. Located in Central Park, this museum takes up four blocks. Built in 1869, it’s one of the largest museums in the world, with 27 interconnected buildings, a planetarium, library and 45 exhibition halls. Its claim to fame, besides being in a movie, are the dinosaur halls and hall of Ocean Life.

Have you ever wished to have a one-of-a-kind experience involving history? Why not combine your love of history with a sense of adventure? Enjoy a private, one-hour VIP tour for five, conducted by a museum expert, all before the doors open to the general public. You get to enter by the security entrance. A private screening of the Space Show is yours too, as well as tickets to all exhibitions for the day. You may just need the whole day to view the 30 million artifacts on display.

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United We Stand

The 9/11 museum site opened to the public on May 14, 2014. It includes videos, photos and other memories of people who worked and died on that fateful day. An emotional and inspiring memorial is part of the museum. It contains 108,000 square feet, covering seven floors. The 1 World Trade Centers rises above the museum, as a testament to the strength of the people in this city. There is so much more information at the site and museum. FIND OUT MORE > 

Contemporary Design

Founded in 1929, the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) was the first to be completely devoted to contemporary art. This is where you will find Vincent van Gogh’s famous painting, “The Starry Night.” The architecture of the building is sensational as well. DISCOVER MORE >

American Museum of Natural History Exterior
The exterior of the American Museum of Natural History

Metropolitan Perfection

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, affectionately known as the MET, was built in 1870. It is the largest art museum in the United States. It has more than two million works of art in its permanent collection. Admission costs are minimal, as you pay what you wish. FIND OUT MORE >

Who’s Who of the Art World

Built by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1959, the Guggenheim Museum became famous for its temporary shows and amazing collection. It has 150 works by Kardinsky, as well as works by Chagall, Franz Marc and Picasso. The architecture of the building is awe-inspiring. A ten storey tower was added in 1992 to house a café, auditorium, restaurant and sculpture terrace. DISCOVER MORE >

If you need some help deciding on which one to go to first, you can see what each museum has as its current exhibition. So, armed with a list of top museums with fascinating tours, you will have an adventure just trying to see them all. Enjoy all the history New York has to offer, with your friends and family. Who said history can’t be fun?

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