The best trip to New York City must include not only visits to amazing restaurants, hot clubs, and interesting shows, but also explorations of the city’s many incredible museums. Of course, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Museum of Natural History are the “classics” that everyone should see at least once. However, NYC has many other fascinating places to offer. And if you want to spice up your trip, be sure to include the most notable of them.
1. Museum of the Moving Image
If you don’t like the stillness of traditional art exhibits, the Museum of the Moving Image is exactly where you need to go. Here you will learn all about the history of filmmaking and watch some truly incredible “moving pictures”.
This museum is highly dynamic in everything, much like the subject it honors. Exhibits here vary greatly, so if you have a chance, keep an eye out so you can time your trip to catch something that fits your interests. And don’t forget that there is also a video game section here for you to enjoy.
2. Holocaust Museum
Not all museums in New York City are dedicated to art and fun subjects, like film making. To see a place that will have an impact on your very soul you need to visit the Holocaust Museum. There is no arguing the fact that the Holocaust was one of the most horrific events in human history, and this is not an enjoyable subject to study.
However, the purpose of learning about history is to avoid the same mistakes our ancestors made. In this light, visiting memorials dedicated to tragedies is important to teach us how far humans can fall if they don’t stand up against injustices.
3. 9/11 Memorial & Museum
Speaking of tragedies that must not be forgotten. Another place you definitely should see while in New York is the 9/11 Memorial & Museum. Here you can pay your respects to the innocent victims of that dreadful day and learn more about one of the worst moments in modern American history.
This kind of education also isn’t fun, but it can open your eyes to the tensions out in the world. Terror acts are abominable no matter how one looks at it. But it’s essential that we understand what pushes people to commit them. This is the only way to finding a way to stop them so such tragedies are never repeated.
4. Museum of Chinese in America
Visiting memorials of tragedies will no doubt bring your spirits down, but you can bring them back up by exploring fascinating places like the Museum of Chinese in America. It doesn’t matter if you are of Chinese descent or have some interest in this culture, the museum is sure to be interesting to everyone.
It will teach you many facts about the place and role of the Chinese people in the US starting with the 19th century. The majority of those are known to very few, so you’ll get a chance to learn about a side of your country you’ve never seen before and perceive it through the eyes of the people who spent far too much time on the fringes of society.
5. Tenement Museum
Do you want to see how the people of the Lower Eastside actually lived back in the 19th century? The Tenement Museum will show you that. It’s is an actual preserved tenement house that creates an illusion of stepping back through time.
You’ll not only see the environment of the era but also learn the stories of many inhabitants of the houses and their neighbors. So far, this is the closest you get to time travel in New York City.
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