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The Best Museums in New York City Are Reopening

They're back, baby! Spend a day immersed in art, science, history and more at one of New York City's illustrious museums.

Best Museums in New York City

New York City museums can reopen starting Aug. 24.

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New York City is a hotspot for museums, and luckily for all of us art and culture lovers, they can reopen beginning Aug. 24, as part of the city’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo recently delivered the good news, and after five long months, many of the city’s premier cultural hot spots will soon reopen, with timed tickets purchased in advance, new safety measures and 25% occupancy rates in place. And, of course, amazing exhibits!

Museums are great spots to hit up on a road trip or vacation. But with so many places to visit so close, how are you supposed to choose? Just check out our list of the best museums in New York City.

NYC Museums

Guggenheim Museum

The Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan is a landmark institution, showcasing works from the 20th century and beyond. It will open its doors Oct. 3, with new health and safety measures for patrons. The iconic building was designed by none other than Frank Lloyd Wright himself (talk about a commitment to theme). In addition to the vast collections of modern and contemporary art, the Guggenheim also hosts many special exhibitions and events. Upcoming exhibits include “The Fullness of Color: 1960s Paintings” and sculptures by Constantin Brancusi from the museum’s collection. It’s not only one of the best museums in New York City – it’s one of the best museums in the world. Get $3 off admission with your AAA card.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

One of the world’s most famous – and largest – museums reopens Aug. 29 with three new exhibits: “Making the Met: 1870-2020”; “Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle”; and Hector Zamora’s “Lattice Detour.” The blockbuster “Making the Met” show celebrates the museum’s 150th anniversary with 250 works of art that tell the story of the institution’s creation and growth throughout the years. If you’re a fan of medieval art, the Met Cloisters – which houses the museum’s medieval collection of art, manuscripts and tapestries, including the famed Unicorn Tapestries – is not to be missed. The Fort Tyron Park museum reopens Sept. 12.

 

American Museum of Natural History

Another one of the best museums in New York is the American Museum of Natural History, which will welcome guests once again Sept. 9. The museum has just about everything within its walls – and it should, considering it’s the largest natural history museum in the world at over 2 million square feet. The museum is a catalog of ecological history, animal species, human culture, architecture, geology and astronomy. Its “T. rex: The Ultimate Predator” exhibit has been extended through spring 2021, with good reason: The dinosaurs are a visitor favorite. It’s a great trip for the whole family.

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Museum of Jewish Heritage

The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust is planning to reopen Sept. 13, with its “Auschwitz. Not Long Ago. Not Far Away.” exhibit extended through May 2021. The exhibition contains 700 objects and 400 photos from the concentration camp where more than 1 million Jews were killed. The items are culled from more than 20 museums across the globe, making it one of the largest exhibits about Auschwitz on the continent. The museum also houses recorded testimonies from Holocaust survivors, liberators, protectors and others. Save on tickets.

The Museum of Modern Art

Modern art fans, rejoice! MoMA reopens to the public Aug. 27, with tickets going on sale Fridays at 10 a.m. for the following week. Its galleries, collections and the Rockefeller Sculpture Garden will be open, as will its design and museum stores, but its restaurants and checkin room are closed. Current exhibits include “Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures,” a survey of the photographer’s work, and “Private Lives Public Spaces,” a collection of home movies from 1907-1991 showcased on 100 screens.

New York Hall of Science

Although the New York Hall of Science hasn’t yet set a reopening date, it’s celebrating summer and a bygone slice of Americana with a special Queens Drive-In experience. It’s showing open-air movies outside its building in Flushing Meadows Corona Park throughout August and September, with guests appropriately socially distanced inside their cars. Upcoming flicks include “Night of the Living Dead,” “Iron Man” and “Back to the Future.” Vendors from the Queens Night Market will be on hand selling snacks, and guests can bring their own snacks and nonalcoholic beverages as well.

9/11 Memorial & Museum

The museum will reopen to the public Sept. 12, a day after welcoming 9/11 family members on Sept. 11. Two memorial pools outside pay homage to the 2,977 people killed in the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, and the six who died in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. The museum holds more than 70,000 artifacts, as well news archives, video footage and first-person testimonies of the events of that day within its 110,000 square feet.

Remember, all reopening NYC museums are selling advance tickets and have safety restrictions in place, so call or check each museum’s website for information before you visit. And have fun!

There are so many great museums in New York City! Which one do you think is the best museum in New York City? Will you be visiting any when they reopen? Let us know in the comments below.

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Comments
  • Stephen O.

    The most exciting, innovative and happiest new museum in New York State is the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, NY. You can spend hours or, even, days enjoying everything to do with humor, from stand-up to television to movies and more.

  • Mary Susan W.

    my brother was actually stationed on the intrepid when it was an active ship..i have never seen it however..the museums mentioned would be great for part of an excursion to new york….

  • Franklin C.

    Yes, we just got back a couple of weeks ago from a trip out west…first, the Luci-Desi museum and National Comedy Center in Jamestown, and then the Corning Glass Museum. They are only an hour apart.

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