The 6 best museums in New York

The City of Skyscrapers offers a lot of possibilities to the visitor. Not only visiting attractions such as the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge or Central Park but also the possibility of attending a Broadway show, climbing to different viewpoints or visiting some of the most famous museums on the planet, among many other things. Focusing on the latter, in this post I will tell you which are the best museums in New York that you cannot miss.


  • Before continuing I tell you the types of tickets that museums usually have in New York since many of them you can access for free or simply by giving your will.
  • Free admission: It means that the entrance is always free,  although in the museum there is usually a series of piggy banks to give the will. I advise you to leave even a few dollars since with that money you will contribute to the maintenance of the museum.
  • Suggested admission: It means that the entrance fee is approximate. In other words, you can pay the amount you deem convenient. Museums with suggested admission are not usually well marked, so do not be shy and indicate at the box office what you want to pay for. It is very normal!

Pay what you wish is very similar to suggested admission,  that is, you pay what you want. Most museums are paying what you wish for a few hours a week. These museums are:

  • Natural History Museum
  • P.S.1 MoMA
  • Brooklyn Museum
  • The Cloisters
  • The Neighborhood
  • Museum The Museum of New York Police
  • Museum of Art Queens
  • Museum of Staten Island
  • With an established price: You must pay the entrance.

Therefore you know, sometimes you can access the best museums in New York for free or simply by donating the will, that is for a dollar or whatever you want, although I advise you to pay between $ 5 and $ 10 since it is normal.


Almost 60 museums are located on the island of Manhattan alone. If we add to these the rest of the neighborhoods, the city has almost 100 museums, being a visit to some of these places as important as, for example, going up to the Empire State or doing the popular Contrates tour of New York.

Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET), perhaps the most important museum in New Yorkbest museums in New York

Metropolitan Museum of Art, also known as the Met, is not only one of the best museums in New York. It is also one of the most visited museums on the planet, with more than 6 million visitors a year.

This impressive museum opened in February 1872 when Robert Lee Jenkins donated his private collection to the city. It has grown little by little to more than two million pieces, although for reasons of space, not all are exposed.

The permanent collection is based at 1,000  Fifth Avenue with paintings and sculptures by almost all of Europe’s masters and a large collection of American works, making your visit a must-do activity in Central Park.

Although the MET has paintings by artists of the stature of  Monet, Cezanne, Velázquez, Rembrandt, Vermeer or Van Gogh, the areas that most interest the visitor are those dedicated to Rome and Egypt, where the Temple of Dendur is exposed, a gift that The African country made the USA for the help in the salvation of Abu Simbel, one of the most beautiful and famous temples in Egypt.

Natural History Museum, my favorite of the best museums in New York

The Natural History Museum is also one of the best museums in New York, one of my favorites. Have you seen the movie “Night at the Museum” by Ben Stiller? Well, it was filmed in this place. How cool?

Do not expect animals to come to life, but if I tell you that the 35 million objects of what is considered the largest collection in the world, will make the visit very fun and interesting.

The rooms that you cannot miss are the ones with biodiversity, with lots of stuffed animals. The one with minerals and meteorites. And above all, the one with dinosaurs where you will feel like in Jurassic World.

MOMA, one of New York’s best museums of contemporary artbest museums in New York

Another of the best museums in New York is the  MOMA, also considered the most important museum of modern art in the world, making your visit one of the most important things to do in New York.

This huge museum has worked as known as ” Starry Night”  by Van Gogh,  one of my favorite paintings, “Demoiselles d’Avignon” by Pablo Picasso, “Water Lilies” by Monet, ‘Lata Campbell soup ” of Andy Warhol, “the Persistence of Memory” by Dalí, “Dutch Interior” of Miró and works of American artists such as Jackson Pollock and Edward Hopper.

You can start the visit on the sixth floor, where you will also enjoy the views of Midtown, and go down:

The fifth floor is dedicated to the Spanish artists Picasso and Salvador Dalí.  Although it also houses works by Dalí, Miró, Mondrian, Van Gogh, Warhol, Matisse or Duchamp.

On the fourth floor is one of the greatest samples of North American abstract expressionism, the Jackson Pollock collection.

The third floor focuses on arts such as design, photography or drawing, among others. For the creation of other works of art.

Cinema cycles are shown on the second floor and it is dedicated to printed and illustrated books.

If you have little time or you simply are not passionate about modern art. I recommend that you focus on the fifth and fourth floors, where some of the best-known paintings are located.

By the way, beware of the stairs, we did not wait for the elevator and we went down and up several times, with such a bad leg that one of my companions hit a slip. Luckily we had one of the best travel insurance and we could go to the hospital without any problem, otherwise, it would have cost us an eye in the face!

Guggenheim Museum, an indispensable New York museum

The first of the Guggenheim Museums, designed by the architect Frank Lloyd, was inaugurated on March 21, 1959, which houses one of the best collections of modern and contemporary art on the planet, with works by Picasso, Van Gogh, Manet, Chagall or Kandinsky. After New York arrive Museum Venice, in the 80s and our later  Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.

It all begins in Philadelphia in 1930 when Guggenheim, a lover of modern art, acquires 150 works by Kandinsky. The collection has been expanding over the years with works by artists. Such as Piet Mondrian, Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall or Vincent Van Gogh, among others.

9/11 Memorial, one of New York’s best museums essential for knowing the history

Since its opening in May 2014, the  9/11 Museum is one of the best museums in New York. Paying tribute to the almost 3,000 victims of the famous attacks in the city.

The museum has a collection of more than 10,000 objects, including the testimonies of some survivors, objects, material recovered from the rubble and numerous elements that illustrate and remember the terrible event. It even exposes the suit of the soldier who ended the life of Osama Bin Laden, the idealist of the attacks.

Madame Tussauds, one of the funniest New York museums

In my opinion, one of the best museums in New York, whose visit, besides being essential, is very fun, is  Madame Tussauds, also considered one of the most important wax museums in the world.

As I always say, I have visited practically all the Madame Tussauds on the planet. And I do not get tired since the visit is always very fun.

The first room of the museum is the  Opening Night Party, a party room with very realistic figures of some of the most famous characters on the planet such as  Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer López or Morgan Freeman, among many others.

In the following rooms, you will find very popular characters related to cinema, music, sports, politics, royalty. And also culture, in addition to a passage of terror, in which I am sure you will enjoy as children.

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