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Children's Galleries for Jewish Culture
The Children's Galleries for Jewish Culture is a nonreligious organization that engages schoolchildren and families in an active, hands-on exploration of history and culture in non-threatening and inclusive ways to benefit the diverse Jewish community and the community at large. It is home to two fully interactive and hands-on exhibitions for families with children ages 5-12 and schools serving children between second and sixth grade.

City Reliquary
The City Reliquary has the distinction of being a window museum. People in the community pass it daily on their way to and from the subway, the grocery, or the coffee shop, or they stumble across it when they're walking home from work via a different route. It is either an integrated part of their daily landscape, or a personal discovery. In either case, passersby are offered a kind of ownership that major institutions strive for in their public relations campaigns, but rarely achieve. We aim to be a humble but effective hub, of many sorts - historical, cultural, and social. We offer historical displays of modest ephemera - bits of bridges, old postcards, etc. We organize events - Collector's Night, Bike Fetish Day, September 11 Memorials, Bike Rides, Writing Contests. We've also started a community mini-garden movement in old bathtubs in front of our windows, and we broadcast a monthly radio show through a local internet station. We post neighborhood-related political information, and in general act as "the water cooler" of the neighborhood

Fraunces Tavern Museum
Housed in the building where George Washington said farewell to his officers at the close of the American Revolution, Fraunces Tavern Museum places particular emphasis on the history of the tavern and Lower Manhattan during the Revolutionary War period. Fraunces Tavern was built in 1719 as an elegant residence for the merchant Stephan Delancey and his family. In 1762, the home was purchased by tavern-keeper Samuel Fraunces, who turned it into one of the most popular taverns of the day. Though it is best known as the site where Washington gave his farewell address to the officers of the Continental Army, in 1783, the tavern also played a significant role in pre-Revolutionary activities. After the war, when New York was the nation’s first capital, the tavern was rented to the new government to house the offices of the Departments of War, Treasury and Foreign Affairs. In 1904, the Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York purchased the tavern and hired preservation architect William Mersereau to return the building to its colonial appearance. Fraunces Tavern® Museum opened to the public in 1907. Today, the museum complex includes four 19th century buildings in addition to the 18th century Fraunces Tavern building.

New Amsterdam History Center
Virtual New Amsterdam: The primary purpose of the 3D modeling project is to spatialize and present information and theories about how New Amsterdam looked in the period of 1660 as the "capital" of New Netherland. The spatialization and presentation involve two forms of communication: knowledge that we have about the settlement will be used to reconstruct digitally how its topography, infrastructure, (streets, bridges, walls) and individual buildings and fort may have looked; and whenever possible, the sources of archaeological information and speculative reasoning behind the digital reconstruction will be made available. Thus the virtual project, or digital model, will be a representation about the present state of knowledge about the settlement as we currently know it. Beyond this primary purpose, it can be used to teach students or the general public about how it looked. It can be used to collect data about the built form, the natural features and cultural phenomenon. Finally, a digital model can easily be updated with new information or archaeological discovery. In addition, The NAHC will develop prototype products that include the following concepts: Provide multi-disciplinary study and training in New Netherlandic History and related social studies, including the classroom use of historic artifacts and documents in teaching; Integrate the use, into classroom teaching, of a high quality website and on-line learning methods that delivers primary sources to the classroom; House a digital library of teaching resources, a bank of computers for teacher use, and a comfortable area for educators to participate in educational offerings and explore new resources with a community of learners; Offer a variety of professional development programs necessary for teacher re-certification. In addition to workshops the NAHC will provide consultations with "historians-in-residence" and assistance to teachers in their research.

Alice Austen House Museum & Garden
The Alice Austen House Museum on Staten Island recalls the world of an exceptional woman, photographer Alice Austen. Austen's quaint, Victorian cottage-style home, with a magnificent view of New York Harbor, displays prints from the large glass negative collection of her work that depict turn-of-the-century American life.

American Craft Museum
The mission of the ACM is to support craft by celebrating the talent of national and international master craftsmen. The galleries are arranged in a unique fashion, on a series of interior balconies, with curving stairways linking the different levels. The works on display are mostly contemporary crafts, though they aren't the abstract forms that most people would expect from contemporary art. Some pieces, are so outlandish that they are amusing to look at, while some have a social message at the center of the work. Almost all of the gallery space is devoted to rotating exhibits.

American Museum of the Moving Image
The nations's largest and most comprehensive holdings of moving image artifacts. Over 83,000 items, ranging from an 1835 Thaumatrope, an optical toy utilizing the perceptual phenomenon of visual persistence, to the anchor desk used on NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw from 1992 to 1999.

Bronx County Historical Society
Bronx oriented exhibitions, public programs and lectures, a research library, and archives. See Calendar of Events for upcoming programs.

Brooklyn Children's Museum
A museum where children can explore culture, history, science and the arts together. Hands-on exhibitions, workshops and performances.

Brooklyn Historical Society
Founded in 1863 as The Long Island Historical Society, The Brooklyn Historical Society is a museum, library, archives and educational center for the exploration of Brooklyn's heritage and history. BHS celebrates the first phase of its grand reopening after four years of extensive renovations with the opening of the exhibition, Brooklyn Works: 400 Years of Making a Living in Brooklyn. Enter re-created environments of tenement buildings and sugar refineries, see original advertisements and artifacts from products manufactured in Brooklyn, and hear the stories of workers from enslaved Africans to modern restaurant owners.

Brooklyn Museum of Art
The Brooklyn Museum's collection of Painting and Sculpture includes European and American works from the 14th century to the present day. The collection of American paintings is considered one of the finest in the United States. Highlights from the 18th century include famous portraits of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart and Charles Willson Peale. Among the 19th-century artists represented are Thomas Cole, Frederick Church, Albert Bierstadt, George Caleb Bingham, Eastman Johnson, John Singer Sargent, George Inness, and Winslow Homer. 20th-century artists in the collection include Georgia O'Keeffe, Marsden Hartley, Stuart Davis, Alex Katz, Mark Rothko, Richard Diebenkorn, and Louise Bourgeois.

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
The Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum displays a virtual cornucopia of decorative and design arts in Andrew Carnegie's Upper East Side Mansion.

El Museo del Barrio
This museum located on 104th street is the unofficial northern boundary of 5th Ave.’s Museum Mile. The Museo del Barrio was founded in 1969 against the background of the civil rights movement and the call for a center of Latin American culture. This was concurrent to the opinion that American museums in general were too Eurocentric and tended to give other cultures only a cursory look. El Museo del Barrio was originally housed in a single classroom in Spanish Harlem, and from 1969 to 1976 it moved to several locations throughout the "Barrio". In 1977 El Museo found a permanent home in the beautiful Heckscher Building at 1230 Fifth Avenue.

Ellis Island Immigration Museum
Over 40% of the U.S. population descend from the 17 million immigrants that have passed through Ellis Island from 1892 to 1954. The three story Ellis Island Museum is housed in the small building that the immigrants came through in those 64 years. Ferry boats leave from Battery Park for the 27 acre island, including an option to visit the Statue of Liberty, located on an island nearby.

International Center of Photography
New York's only museum devoted exclusively to photography. Changing exhibits, education programs, resource library collection.

Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum
Walk the decks of the historic aircraft carrier Intrepid, tour a submarine and a destroyer, experience an F-18 mission.

Lower East Side Tenement Museum
The mission of the Tenement museum is "to promote tolerance and historical perspective through the presentation and interpretation of the variety of immigrant and migrant experiences on Manhattan's Lower East Side, a gateway to America." The Tenement Museum offers a variety of historical and public resources. One of its most impressive elements is the actual 19th century tenement building that is, in effect, part of the permanent collection. In addition, the Museum offers special thematic programs, workshops, lectures, tours, plays, an interactive website (see above) and a varied assortment of exhibits. An invaluable resource as well for any scholarly historical work on immigration, neighborhoods, class relations or other areas of NYC history.

Municipal Art Society
The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) is a private, non-profit membership organization that aggressively champions excellence in urban design and planning and the preservation of the best of New York's past.

Museum of Television and Radio
The Museum of Television and Radio is dedicated to audio-visual artifacts with a collection of over 50,000 TV and radio shows. Pick your selection from the library and watch it at one of the many video consoles.

Museum of the City of New York
The following are some of the highlights of the collection at MCNY. The Print and Photograph Collection features the work of artists like Jacob Riis and the Wurts Brothers, the photo archives of LOOK magazine, and numerous specialized archives like "New York Before the War". The Toy Collection includes toys made and played with in New York from colonial times to the present. The Theatre Collection features information and material from the late 18th century to the 20th century and includes sets, costumes, photos, posters, and more on the NYC stage. The Painting and Sculpture Collection has works dating from 1630 including pictures by Mierevelt, Wallaston, Copely and Trumbull, and portraits of New York notables like Laguardia, Al Lewis, Robert Moses and others. This list is not exhaustive. Please also see "Calendar of Events" for MCNY programs.

National Academy of Design & School of Fine Arts
The National Academy Museum has one of the leading collections of American art, including paintings, sculpture, prints and drawings. The Annual Exhibition which is the oldest juried art show in the U.S. displays new works by contemporary artists. Special exhibitions, lectures, symposia, gallery talks, tours and other educational programs are presented on a regular basis.

National Lighthouse Center and Museum
History of new York and other lighthouses. There are, fo instance, over 20 lighthouses in New York Harbor alone. The institution is expected to support the efforts of lighthouse organizations around the country. A research library will house papers, drawings, photos and other valuable materials. Through lectures and exhibits, issues affecting lighthouses and related subjects around the country will be presented. Visitors will be able to learn about the history of the lighthouses near their home towns and the work being done to preserve them.

New York City Fire Museum
Artifacts, photos, text and talks on the history of fires and firefighting in NYC. Lecture series.

New York City Police Museum
Exhibitions, lectures, and artifacts from the last 150 years of the police force in New York.

New York Historical Society
Exhibits, programs, photos, paintings, manuscripts and archives, all centered around the history of the City. See "Calendar of Events" page for current shows and exhibitions.

New York Transit Museum
Located in downtown Brooklyn, the Transit Museum is housed in an historic 1930s subway station. The Museum collects, exhibits and interprets the history, sociology and technology of public transportation systems in the New York region served by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, including bridges, tunnels, subways, buses and commuter railroads.

Queens Historical Society
As the historical society for the largest borough in New York City, the Queens Historical Society (QHS) publishes a quarterly newsletter and offers a regular series of lectures, programs and slide presentations. In addition, the Society cooperates closely with and serves as a resource for local preservation groups and historical societies throughout Queens and the City of New York.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Frank Lloyd Wright designed this building, now designated the youngest New York City Landmark. As you walk the spiral walkway toward the dome above, you will view works from artists of the 19th and 20th century including: Brancusi, Braque, Calder, Chagall, Robert Delaunay, Gaicometti, Kandinsky, Klee, Legar, Miro, Picaso, and Van Gogh.

South Street Seaport Museum
South Street focuses on the history of New York City as a leading port city. Exhibits, living history programs, educational activities, and actual historic ships and other artifacts. Also archival collections available for researchers (by appt only, call 212 748-8648). The museum also publishes a magazine on New York History generally.

Studio Museum in Harlem
The Studio Museum in Harlem is an art museum which has as its mission the collection, documentation, preservation, and interpretation of African-American art and the artifacts of the African Diaspora.

The Frick Collection
The Frick Mansion was designed by Carrere and Hastings, the same architects who worked on the New York Public Library, and was built to "make Carnegie's place look like a miner's shack." Preserved on Millionaire's Row, the mansion is a grand setting for an incredible collection of European painting and decorative arts. The enclosed inner courtyard is a perfect place for weary art lovers to take a rest.

The Jewish Museum
The collection of the Jewish Museum encompasses 4,000 years of Jewish life and culture. The permanent collection consists of more than 27,000 objects.

The Skyscraper Museum
Founded in 1996, The Skyscraper Museum is a private, not-for-profit, educational corporation devoted to the study of high-rise building, past, present, and future. The museum celebrates the city's architectural heritage and examines the historical forces and individuals that have shaped its successive skylines. Through exhibitions, programs and publications, the museum explores tall buildings as objects of design, products of technology, sites of construction, investments in real estate, and places of work and residence.

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