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When visiting New York, you’re sure to find plenty to keep you busy, from the best sports venues to some fantastic Broadway shows, but if it is museums you are searching for, these are the very best in town.

Statue of Liberty National Monument

Who can visit New York without visiting the Statue of Liberty? The Statue of Liberty National Monument Museum offers school field trips, lesson plans, and detailed tours for small or large groups. Known around the world as the symbol of freedom, the museum staff is ready to teach you and your group about each and every detail of Lady Liberty; from the history of those who built her, the artistry behind her, her interior framework, and the engineering that has kept her standing for over 125 years. This is the pinnacle of American history and a must see in New York City.

Museum of Jewish Heritage

The Museum of Jewish Heritage gives visitors a complete knowledge of the vast history behind Jewish contribution and life in New York. Jewish immigrants were and still are a vital factor in the building of New York culture both before, during, and after the Holocaust. Numerous viewpoints on modern Jewish history, life, and culture are presented in the Museum with acclaimed public programs, discussions, plays, films, and concerts all which highlight the productivity of the Jewish influence on the city.

9/11 Memorial Museum

Serving as the country’s primary institution examining the implications of the 9/11 terror attack, the September 11 Memorial Museum, documents the effects and explores the permanent consequences of the events of September 11, 2001. Covering 110,000 square feet, the exhibition space is located on the former grounds of the World Trade Center site. Through multimedia displays, narratives, authentic artifacts, and archives, the story of that dark day in history is told so future generations may never forget what happened. With detailed explanations on the lives of every victim of the 1993 and the 2001 attacks, visitors learn about the children, men, and women whose lives were cut short by America’s enemies and the loss to American society. The National September 11 Memorial was built in remembrance and tribute to honor the nearly 3,000 people killed at the World Trade Center site, at the Pentagon in Washington D.C., and the crash site near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, as well as those killed on the World Trade Center terror attack bombing in February of 1993.

Manhattan Walking Tour

Imagine having your best friend walk you through the streets of Manhattan, to point out to you all the best places to eat as well as teach you all of its rich history. The Manhattan Walking Tour is just that. With friendly guides boasting years of experience on New York history and culture, you do not want to miss this living museum tour.

American Museum of Natural History

Okay, so this museum might not really come to life after dark as depicted in the famous movie, “Night at the Museum,” but there are still some truly cool things to check out here. The museum’s outstanding Butterfly Conservatory is filled with colorful butterflies and lush tropical plants that will make you wonder if you are still in New York or a jungle paradise. The American Museum of Natural History also has a dramatic presentation on Humpback Whales and Opulent Oceans that gives visitors an in depth understanding of marine animals. They also have an outstanding exhibit on mummies that allows for up-close and personal viewing, so much so that you just might wonder what truly happens to here after dark.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

With over 5,000 years of art on display, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a must see for anyone visiting New York. Covering all time periods and cultures, the Museum covers more than two million square feet, so be sure to have your best walking shoes on for this adventure. With a wide range of exhibits and galleries, the Met covers so much information to keep you interested and excited that you do not want to miss.

The Big Apple has so many fantastic museums to peak your interest and keep you coming back for more, you certainly can’t see it all in a day. If you find you can’t get enough and the rest of the iconic food, beautiful architecture, and world-famous culture hooked your heart, then check out a few great ideas to get you started on housing deals in New York.

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