Children's Museum of the Arts
New York City's only hands-on art museum for children,
the CMA gives kids ages one to 12 a chance to dabble
to their hearts' content in the visual and performing
182 Lafayette Street
Phone: (212) 274-0986
Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m., Thursday,
12 to 6 p.m.
Admission: $10 per person (one to 65 years); pay as
you wish on Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m.
Ellis Island Immigration Museum
Visitors to this museum can see-through film, archives,
photos, and recordings-what coming to America meant
to the more than 12 million immigrants who entered
the country through Ellis Island in the late 19th
and early 20th centuries.
Ticket booth/ferry at Castle Clinton in Battery Park
Phone: (212) 363-3200
Hours: Open every day of the year except December
25th from 8:30 a.m to 5 p.m.
Admission: There is no admission fee for Ellis Island.
Round trip ferry tickets cost $11.50 for adults, $4.50
for children ages four to 12, and $9.50 for senior
citizens ages 62 and over.
Fraunces Tavern Museum
Located in a reconstructed 18th-century building
that was the frequent gathering spot of American Revolutionary
leaders, this museum is dedicated to the study and
interpretation of early American history and culture.
54 Pearl Street (at Broad Street)
Phone: (212) 425-1778
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 12 to 5 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $4; students and seniors, $3; children
under six, free
Lower East Side Tenement Museum
In a tenement building that was home to an estimated
7,000 people from over 20 nations from 1863 to 1935,
this museum presents a variety of immigrant and migrant
experiences in an effort to promote tolerance and
90 Orchard Street (at Broome Street)
Phone: (212) 431-0233
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday for public tours; group
tours available daily by reservation.
Admission: Adults, $15, students and seniors, $11
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC)
Founded 30 years ago to develop Lower Manhattan's
cultural life, the LMCC provides support for individual
artists and art organizations and fosters public participation
in the arts through free events in the performing,
visual and new media arts. From competitive grant
programs for working artists to performances of dance
and theater to exhibits of photography and sculpture,
the LMCC's list of programs and calendar
of events should not be missed.
1 Wall Street Court, 2nd Floor
Phone: (212) 219-9401
Fax: (212) 219-5028
Museum of American Financial History
Celebrating entrepreneurship and the free market
tradition, this museum showcases the history of the
financial district from Alexander Hamilton's founding
of a national economy right through the dot com boom.
28 Broadway (at Bowling Green)
Phone: (212) 908-4110
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.;
closed federal and stock market holidays.
Museum of Chinese in the Americas (MoCA)
This museum, the first of its kind, is fully dedicated
to presenting the history and culture of the Chinese
and their descendants in the Western Hemisphere through
historical and visual arts exhibitions, walking tours,
school and public programs, and extensive archives.
70 Mulberry Street, 2nd Floor (at Bayard Street)
Phone: (212) 619-4785
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 12 to 6 p.m.; Friday,
12 to 7 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $3, seniors and students, $1 (suggested);
Fridays are free for all
Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to
The mission of this museum, which opened in September
1997, is to educate people of all ages and backgrounds
about the 20th century Jewish experience before, during,
and after the Holocaust.
36 Battery Place (in Battery Park)
Phone: (646) 437-4200
Hours: Sunday through Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.
to 5:45 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday
and the eve of Jewish holidays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.;
closed Saturdays and Jewish holidays
Admission: Adults, $10; students, $5; seniors, $7,
children under 12 admitted free. Free admission every
Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m.
National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian
Masks from the Northwest Coast of North America,
pottery and basketry from the southwestern United
States, and archaeological objects from the Caribbean
are just a few things on display here in celebration
of the native populations of the Western Hemisphere.
1 Bowling Green (between State and Whitehall Streets)
Phone: (212) 514-3700
Hours: Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except December
25th, Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
New Museum of Contemporary Art
This internationally renowned museum showcases key
moments in the development of contemporary art and
includes New York City's only museum space dedicated
to digital art, experimental video, and sound works.
583 Broadway (between Houston and Prince Streets)
Phone: (212) 219-1222
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 12 to 6 p.m.; Thursday
12 to 8 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $6, students and seniors, $3; Thursdays,
$3 for everyone 6 to 8 p.m.
New York City Fire Museum
Pre-Civil War hand-pumped fire engines and horse-drawn
vehicles on display in this museum's collection highlight
how very far the profession of fighting fires has
come over the centuries.
278 Spring Street (between Varick and Hudson Streets)
Phone: (212) 691-1303
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to5 p.m.,
Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $5; children 12 and under, $1;
students and seniors, $2
New York City Police Museum
Weapons, police shields, and fingerprinting and
forensic art stations are just a few of the things
on display in this collection, capturing the past
and present of the NYPD.
100 Old Slip (between Water and South Streets)
Phone: (212) 480-3100
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.;
Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $5; seniors, $3; children six to
12, $2; under six, free
Where else but in New York City would you expect
to find a museum dedicated to the study of high rise
buildings of the past, present, and future? Located
in various public and office spaces since its founding
in 1996, the museum moved to a new, permanent home
in Battery Park City in early April 2004.
39 Battery Place
Phone: (212) 968-1961
Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 12 to 6 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $5; children and seniors, $2.50
South Street Seaport Museum
Established to promote the preservation of ships,
this museum offers historic ships on display, changing
exhibits, tours, films, and harbor sails aboard 19th-century
South and Fulton Streets at Pier 16
Phone: (212) 748-8600
Hours: Winter hours, Friday through Monday, 10 a.m.
to 5 p.m.; Summer hours, Tuesday through Sunday, 10
a.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $8; seniors and students with IDs,
$6; children five to 12, $4, children under five,
Tribute WTC Vistors' Center
The Tribute WTC Visitors' Center, scheduled to open
in September 2006, houses five galleries and runs
a Walking Tour program led by members of the September
11th Families Association. Together, the center and
walking tours are designed to inform, educate, and
form personal connections for visitors who come from
across the world to learn about the 2001 and 1993
attacks on the World Trade Center.
120 Liberty Street (between Church and Greenwich Streets)
Phone: (212) 422-3520
Hours: The museum is open on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday,
Friday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on
Tuesday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Walking
tours, which cost $10 for adults and are free for
children under 12, are offered on weekdays at 1 and
3 p.m. and on weekends at noon, 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
Trinity Church Museum
A comprehensive collection of documents, maps, newspapers,
burial records, sermons, and much more fills this
museum and records the institutional life of Trinity
Church, which has served as a center of Christian
community since 1697.
Broadway at Wall Street
Phone: (212) 602-0800
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
and 1 p.m. to 3:45 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3:45
p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.