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There are so many museums in New York City. Here are two of our favourites to visit. Family friendly, but also perfect for solo travellers, there’s a bit of something in both of these places for everyone!

The American Museum of Natural History

Located on the Upper West Side, just across from Central Park, the museum is accessible by subway. You’ll want to get off at 81st Street – Museum of Natural History station, which is on the A/C and B lines. If you’re planning a visit to Central Park, consider walking up through the park to the museum – it’s the best way to experience everything!

Admission is a suggested price, however you can opt to pay whatever you wish. On our visit we paid the full amount, we felt it was worth it and were going to stay a while to try to see everything! If you’re on a budget then it’s a great place to go to, as you can afford it no matter what you want to pay.

Exploring the museum

There are so many exhibits to look at, it’s hard to know where to start. Definitely grab a map on your way in and have a look at what’s on offer. Our favourites, along with most visitors to the museum, were the dinosaurs. There are several exhibit halls dedicated to this, with replica and real skeletons of various creatures and tons of accompanying information. The T. Rex on display is actually composed of the bones of two different skeletons!

The stuffed animals in many of the halls are definitely a product of their time. We thankfully don’t taxidermy animals for museums these days. There are all sorts of African and Asian animals and, although mildly unsettling, worth seeing just to get a look at these once magnificent creatures.

The hall of Ocean Life houses a giant whale, which is unmissable! There are halls dedicated to all kinds of art from different cultures and countries around the world, there’s a planetarium with a fun short show, and artefacts wherever you turn. There’s really something here for all interests and ages, and we love the variety on offer for everyone to see.

The gift shop has some quirky gifts and knick knacks, I left armed with a cute T. Rex pin and an iron on patch which I can’t bring myself to use! We loved the Natural History Museum, it’s perfect for children of all ages and adults too, watch out that the T. Rex doesn’t bite!

American Museum of Natural History

Museum of Modern Art

MoMA Design Store

  • American Museum of Natural History
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • MoMA Design Store

MoMA

Another great place to visit is Museum of Modern Art. It’s located on 53rd Street, between 5th and 6th avenues. The nearest subway is Fifth Avenue/53 Street, served by E and M trains. It’s super easy to get to!

Housing a huge collection of modern art, there are many artists you’ll know – Warhol, Van Gogh, Monet, Dali, Bacon and Lichtenstein to name a few. If you’re into contemporary art this place is definitely worth a visit! There is so much to look at that it can get a little overwhelming, but there is no time limit on your ticket so you can spend as long as you like there.

It’s $25 to get in, but there’s free entry on Fridays from 4pm – 8pm. This can get busy so try to turn up early to avoid the long queues. You can download a free audio guide for your phone as you walk around the space, or you can choose to explore it all at your own pace. The museum does get busy, I visited on a weekday at lunchtime and it wasn’t too bad.

The gift shop is full of quirky presents and worth a browse. There’s a MoMA store down in Soho, which sells a selection of uber cool design related products.  Here we purchased a white plastic pencil holder in the shape of an NYC tenement walk up. Super cool!

There are so many museums in New York city and we’ve barely scratched the surface. Sadly there wasn’t enough time for the Met, or the Whitney, Guggenheim or the Frick but these are on our list for our next visit. Tell us your recommendations for New York museums in the comments, or over on our twitter!