Best Manhattan Museums: The Cultural Face of the City

5:26 pm  |  17.07.2021

Manhattan continues to amaze with its cultural wealth. We continue our column on the best museums in Manhattan.

Museum at FIT


Museum in Chelsea

An absolute must for anyone interested in fashion. The award-winning museum has been one of the most innovative fashion museums in the world since 1975.

Museum of American Finance

Museum in Lower Manhattan

The Museum of American Finance is the nation’s only public museum devoted to America’s finances and financial history. As an offshoot of the Smithsonian Institute, the museum offers interactive permanent exhibits on financial markets, money, banking, entrepreneurship, and Alexander Hamilton.

Museum of Arts & Design

Museum in Upper West Side

The museum is dedicated to contemporary handicrafts and design. The museum shop is great and offers a variety of different items related to design. A short break in the café is also rewarded with a fabulous view of Central Park.

Museum of Chinese in America (MoCA)

Museum in Chinatown

The Museum of Chinese in America (MoCA) on Center Street aims to bring Chinese culture, history, and art closer to everyone – young or old, American or tourist.

Museum of Ice Cream

Museum in SoHo


The Museum of Ice Cream in NYC is the popular installation’s first flagship store. The museum is anything but an ordinary museum. Here you can enjoy a sprinkle pool and other interactive ice installations.

Museum of Jewish Heritage

Museum in Lower Manhattan

Another highlight and located in the beautiful Battery Park is the Museum of Jewish Heritage. “A living memorial to those who perished during the Holocaust” is the museum’s slogan and aptly reflects what the visitor can expect. The star-shaped granite building exhibits the Jewish heritage and shows everyday objects of Jewish life, but above all an apt reflection on their life in the concentration camps.

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Museum of Mathematics

Museum in Gramercy

A museum has been set up in New York for every area and every topic – so there is also one thing about our “favorite school subject”. The Museum of Mathematics shows its visitors that math can also be fun. Everything from algebra to geometry is covered.

Museum of Sex

Museum in Gramercy

The museum is for people aged 18 and over and deals with sexuality and the sex life of animals. 15,000 exhibits and an attached shop make the Museum of Sex a popular destination.

Museum of the City of New York

Museum in Upper East Side

A great museum to get to know the city even better. Here you get an exciting insight into the history of the city. In addition to paintings, drawings, prints, maps, and photographs, clothing, furniture, old toys, rare books, and manuscripts are also exhibited here.

National Museum of the American Indian

Museum in Financial District


A part of the 3 million objects that the New York banker, Georg Gustav Heye, collected from the lives of the American Indians is shown here. The former U.S. Customs House on the southern tip of Manhattan displays pottery, carpets, and pictures of the Indians on two floors.

New Gallery

Museum in Upper East Side

On the trail of German and Austrian art, you can discover a lot here: The first floor is dedicated to Austrian art of the early 20th century with works by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, and Oskar Kokoschka, among others. The second floor deals with the German, predominantly Expressionist, the art of that era. Impressive works by Paul Klee, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Otto Dix, and Wassily Kandinsky are just an excerpt from the treasures of the new gallery.

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New Museum of Contemporary Art

Museum in Lower East Side

The New Museum of Contemporary Art is worth a visit for its architecture alone. Its contemporary art exhibitions are among the best in the world. The building of the “New Museum of Contemporary Art” founded in 1977 was designed by the Japanese architecture firm SANAA and is already one of the most beautiful New York buildings.

New York City Fire Museum

Museum in SoHo

The New York Fire Department Museum is fittingly located in a former fire station. It’s in the middle of Soho and you can’t miss it, as you can see from the pictures. Spread over three floors, the beginnings of the fire department in New York are shown, from small medals, stories, and anecdotes to entire fire engines.

New-York Historical Society Museum

Museum in Upper West Side

The museum was founded in 1804, making it the oldest museum in the city.

Rubin Museum of Arts

Museum in Chelsea


Shelley and Donald Rubin from New York have been collecting Buddhist art, mandalas, and meditation images here for three decades. The exhibitions of contemporary Asian artists are very impressive.

Skyscraper Museum

Museum in Lower Manhattan

If you are interested in architecture and high-rise buildings, you should definitely not miss the Skyscraper Museum. The focus is on the skyscrapers in Manhattan and the last existing original of an architectural model of the World Trade Center is shown.

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