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Astounding Museum Facts
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is one of Astounding Museum Facts.

1. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

9.2
11 W 53rd St (btwn 5th & 6th Ave), New York, NY
Art Museum · Midtown East · 1875 tips and reviews

Time Out New YorkTime Out New York: Since 1985, Conceptual artist Adrian Piper has been collecting her hair and toenails in empty honey jars. Whenever she fills one, she adds it to a shelf on display at What Will Become of Me at MOMA.
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Museum of the Moving Image is one of Astounding Museum Facts.

2. Museum of the Moving Image

9.1
36-01 35th Ave (btwn 36th St and 37th St), Astoria, NY
Museum · Astoria · 188 tips and reviews

Time Out New YorkTime Out New York: The C-3PO tape dispenser in the Behind the Screen exhibit was produced to promote The Empire Strikes Back; the company responsible also made mugs featuring the heads of other Star Wars characters. Read more.

The City Reliquary is one of Astounding Museum Facts.

3. The City Reliquary

7.3
370 Metropolitan Ave (Havemeyer), Brooklyn, NY
Museum · Williamsburg · 22 tips and reviews

Time Out New YorkTime Out New York: A remnant from a long-forgotten Gotham, the wooden brick is from the last-known wooden sidewalk in Brooklyn, which ran along Greenpoint’s West Street in the 19th century.
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American Museum of Natural History is one of Astounding Museum Facts.

4. American Museum of Natural History

9.2
200 Central Park W (btwn W 77th & W 81st St), New York, NY
Science Museum · Upper West Side · 1388 tips and reviews

Time Out New YorkTime Out New York: Last year, to add more realism to the Hall of North American Mammals, curators added actual pronghorn freeze-dried doo-doo collected by park rangers at the real-life Elkhorn Ranch in Montana.
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5. Museum of Sex

7.2
233 5th Ave (at E 27th St), New York, NY
Erotic Museum · NoMad · 196 tips and reviews

Time Out New YorkTime Out New York: A full three-page transcript of Facebook messages between then-Representative Anthony Weiner and blackjack dealer Lisa Weiss is on display in the “Universe of Desire” exhibition.
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Rubin Museum of Art is one of Astounding Museum Facts.

6. Rubin Museum of Art

9.0
150 W 17th St (btwn 6th & 7th Ave), New York, NY
Art Museum · Chelsea · 103 tips and reviews

Time Out New YorkTime Out New York: At the "Count Your Blessings" exhibit (opening Aug 2), you will find some of the strangest Tibetan prayer beads. One is made from the vertebrae of a snake. Another set is from a human skull. Read more.

The Frick Collection is one of Astounding Museum Facts.

7. The Frick Collection

8.8
1 E 70th St (at 5th Ave), New York, NY
Art Museum · Upper East Side · 212 tips and reviews

Time Out New YorkTime Out New York: Henry Clay Frick’s private art holdings shares space with a bowling alley. After he passed away in 1919, his daughter Helen turned it into a catalog room, but original details remain. Read more.

Merchant's House Museum is one of Astounding Museum Facts.

8. Merchant's House Museum

8.8
29 E 4th St (at Lafayette Street), New York, NY
History Museum · NoHo · 24 tips and reviews

Time Out New YorkTime Out New York: The fourth floor served as the home and work space for four Irish maids and still contains its original furnishings, including clothesline hooks over the doors, the call bell and a coal stove. Read more.

New Museum is one of Astounding Museum Facts.

9. New Museum

7.7
235 Bowery (btwn Stanton & Rivington St), New York, NY
Art Museum · Lower East Side · 204 tips and reviews

Time Out New YorkTime Out New York: The Shaft Space was created from leftover space between the third and fourth floors, after the architects realized they could carve out more gallery space by moving building ducts. Read more.

Solomon R Guggenheim Museum is one of Astounding Museum Facts.

10. Solomon R Guggenheim Museum

8.7
1071 5th Ave (at E 89th St), New York, NY
Art Museum · Carnegie Hill · 564 tips and reviews

Time Out New YorkTime Out New York: Hidden behind the wall at the first bay near the rotunda is a ceramic tile mural done by Joan Miró. The work was commissioned by museum trustee Harry F. Guggenheim in 1963 to honor his late wife. Read more.

South Court Classrooms is one of Astounding Museum Facts.

11. South Court Classrooms

5th Ave (at W 42nd St), New York, NY
Library · Midtown East · 4 tips and reviews

Time Out New YorkTime Out New York: The main branch on 42nd Street opened a new children’s room in '08, after the old one closed. The first one is now home to administrative offices and still contains the original chairs meant for kids. Read more.

Brooklyn Museum is one of Astounding Museum Facts.

12. Brooklyn Museum

9.3
200 Eastern Pkwy (at Washington Ave), Brooklyn, NY
Art Museum · Prospect Park · 419 tips and reviews

Time Out New YorkTime Out New York: The fifth floor contains at least 2,000 paintings, sculptures, furniture, and Native American and Spanish colonial artifacts Read more.

Museum at Eldridge Street is one of Astounding Museum Facts.

13. Museum at Eldridge Street

8.2
12 Eldridge St (btwn Canal & Division St), New York, NY
Museum · Chinatown · 36 tips and reviews

Time Out New YorkTime Out New York: This erstwhile house of worship first opened in 1887 for newly settled Jewish immigrants, but thanks to a tremendous restoration effort, the Museum at Eldridge Street is looking as good as new today. Read more.

New York Transit Museum is one of Astounding Museum Facts.

14. New York Transit Museum

9.1
Boerum Pl (at Schermerhorn St), Brooklyn, NY
History Museum · Downtown Brooklyn · 135 tips and reviews

Time Out New YorkTime Out New York: Before it housed transportation artifacts, this institution was a functioning IND stop. Built in 1936, it was part of a three-block shuttle to Hoyt-Schermerhorn, but was decommissioned in 1946. Read more.

The Morgan Library & Museum is one of Astounding Museum Facts.

15. The Morgan Library & Museum

9.1
225 Madison Ave (btwn E 36th & E 37th St), New York, NY
Museum · Murray Hill · 178 tips and reviews

Time Out New YorkTime Out New York: The library itself, formerly J.P. Morgan's library, was completed in 1906. It's three stories high and has hidden staircases tucked behind its bookshelves; alas, visitors can’t actually climb them. Read more.

Queens Museum is one of Astounding Museum Facts.

16. Queens Museum

8.4
Great Lakes Court (Kennedy Circle), Queens, NY
Art Museum · Flushing Meadows-Corona Park · 58 tips and reviews

Time Out New YorkTime Out New York: This edifice is among the most storied landmarks that once housed the United Nations. It was constructed for the 1939 World’s Fair and hosted exhibits for both that event and the one in 1964. Read more.

Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space is one of Astounding Museum Facts.

17. Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space

6.8
155 Avenue C (between 9th & 10th Streets), New York, NY
Art Gallery · Alphabet City · 2 tips and reviews

Time Out New YorkTime Out New York: The museum opened on the ground floor of C-Squat, a seminotorious punk house that’s sheltered bands (Leftöver Crack, Star Fucking Hipsters), skaters, Occupiers and artists throughout the years. Read more.

MoMA PS1 Contemporary Art Center is one of Astounding Museum Facts.

18. MoMA PS1 Contemporary Art Center

8.7
2225 Jackson Ave (at 46th Ave), Queens, NY
Art Museum · Hunters Point · 198 tips and reviews

Time Out New YorkTime Out New York: Originally built in 1893 as the First Ward School, it could hold up to 1,000 students in its more than 30 rooms. Even after being renamed, closed and then reopened, the public-school theme remains. Read more.

Museum of American Finance is one of Astounding Museum Facts.

19. Museum of American Finance

48 Wall St (at William St), New York, NY
History Museum · Financial District · 38 tips and reviews

Time Out New YorkTime Out New York: Before One Wall Street, this was the HQ of The Bank of New York. MoAF took over, opening on the ground-floor space in 2008 and becoming the second tenant in that spot in the building’s history. Read more.

National Museum of the American Indian is one of Astounding Museum Facts.

20. National Museum of the American Indian

7.3
1 Bowling Grn (btwn Broadway & State St), New York, NY
Museum · Financial District · 109 tips and reviews

Time Out New YorkTime Out New York: This museum was the HQ for New York’s customs offices until 1971. It was also ground zero for the Stamp Act Riots in 1765, as Fort Amsterdam, when U.S. and British soldiers used it as a stronghold. Read more.

Fraunces Tavern Museum is one of Astounding Museum Facts.

21. Fraunces Tavern Museum

7.4
54 Pearl St (Broad St), New York, NY
History Museum · Financial District · 28 tips and reviews

Time Out New YorkTime Out New York: The 18th-century pub where sailors and patriots once got drunk is no longer—it was restored in the early 1900s—but this restaurant and museum is chock-full of history. Read more.

Center for Brooklyn History is one of Astounding Museum Facts.

22. Center for Brooklyn History

8.9
128 Pierrepont St (at Clinton St), Brooklyn, NY
History Museum · Brooklyn Heights · 25 tips and reviews

Time Out New YorkTime Out New York: This Brooklyn Heights institution’s library is filled with upwards of 2,000 maps and 60,000 photographs. More than 100 boxes are devoted to records from the Bureau of Sewers. Read more.

Museum of the City of New York is one of Astounding Museum Facts.

23. Museum of the City of New York

8.7
1220 5th Ave (at E 103rd St), New York, NY
History Museum · East Harlem · 147 tips and reviews

Time Out New YorkTime Out New York: Among the miscellany kept in storage is a pair of fake eyelashes worn by Joan Crawford. The falsies were originally part of a group of more than 80 pairs, which were sold at auction after her death. Read more.

New-York Historical Society Museum & Library is one of Astounding Museum Facts.

24. New-York Historical Society Museum & Library

8.8
170 Central Park W (at W 77th St), New York, NY
History Museum · Upper West Side · 92 tips and reviews

Time Out New YorkTime Out New York: The city’s oldest museum has an archive of more than 1.6 million pieces of art, including Hudson River School paintings and the entire collection of John James Audubon’s Birds of America watercolors. Read more.

Edgar Allan Poe Cottage is one of Astounding Museum Facts.

25. Edgar Allan Poe Cottage

8.7
2640 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY
History Museum · West Bronx · 14 tips and reviews

Time Out New YorkTime Out New York: Mysterious artifacts were found in the wall of a room where Poe’s young wife, Virginia, slept, and visitors can view the bed frame that she died on. Read more.

Old Stone House is one of Astounding Museum Facts.

26. Old Stone House

7.6
336 3rd St (btwn 4th & 5th Ave), Brooklyn, NY
History Museum · Central Slope · 16 tips and reviews

Time Out New YorkTime Out New York: John Turturro narrates the audio tour at this Park Slope site, where parts of the Battle of Long Island took place. The park itself was the location for the original clubhouse of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Read more.

Van Cortlandt Park is one of Astounding Museum Facts.

27. Van Cortlandt Park

9.0
Broadway (W. 242nd St.), Bronx, NY
Park · Van Cortlandt Park · 68 tips and reviews

Time Out New YorkTime Out New York: George Washington famously slept at this manse on at least two occasions during the Revolutionary War, as well as once on his way back into Manhattan to reclaim the city from the British. Read more.

Alice Austen House is one of Astounding Museum Facts.

28. Alice Austen House

7.5
2 Hylan Blvd (Edgewater St), Staten Island, NY
Art Museum · Rosebank · 17 tips and reviews

Time Out New YorkTime Out New York: This Victorian Gothic cottage was home to photographer and noted badass Alice Austen, who was known for her gritty street photography—and for being the first woman on Staten Island to own a car. Read more.

Valentine-Varian House is one of Astounding Museum Facts.

29. Valentine-Varian House

Bronx, NY
Home (private) · Norwood · 1 tip

Time Out New YorkTime Out New York: At 255 years old, this is the second-oldest house in the Bronx, and serves as the current Museum of Bronx History. The building was moved from Boston Post Road in 1965 with two giant cranes. Read more.

Dyckman Farmhouse Museum is one of Astounding Museum Facts.

30. Dyckman Farmhouse Museum

6.7
4881 Broadway (204th), New York, NY
History Museum · Inwood · 12 tips and reviews

Time Out New YorkTime Out New York: When you visit the oldest farmhouse in Manhattan, ask to see the still-visible board used for nine men’s morris, a strategic game dating back to the Roman Empire. Read more.

Historic Richmond Town is one of Astounding Museum Facts.

31. Historic Richmond Town

8.3
441 Clarke Ave, Staten Island, NY
History Museum · Richmond Town · 23 tips and reviews

Time Out New YorkTime Out New York: The preserved village plays host to costumed blacksmiths, shoemakers and tinsmiths as well as the Voorlezer’s House, the oldest wooden elementary schoolhouse still standing in America. Read more.

Little Red Lighthouse is one of Astounding Museum Facts.

32. Little Red Lighthouse

9.1
Fort Washington Park (George Washington Bridge), New York, NY
Lighthouse · Hudson Heights · 48 tips and reviews

Time Out New YorkTime Out New York: Originally called Jeffrey’s Hook Lighthouse, this landmark earned its nickname in 1942 with the publication of Hildegarde H. Swift’s The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge. Read more.

Museum of Biblical Art is one of Astounding Museum Facts.

33. Museum of Biblical Art

1865 Broadway #2 (at 61 St), New York, NY
Art Museum · Lincoln Square · 6 tips and reviews

Time Out New YorkTime Out New York: Artists used the Hebrew Bible and other sacred texts as inspiration and medium for the works at the 6/25 - 9/29 exhibit, "As Subject and Object: Contemporary Book Artists Explore Sacred Hebrew Texts.” Read more.

Whitney Museum of American Art is one of Astounding Museum Facts.

34. Whitney Museum of American Art

9.1
99 Gansevoort St (btwn 10th Ave & Washington St), New York, NY
Art Museum · Meatpacking District · 430 tips and reviews

Time Out New YorkTime Out New York: The 6/27 - 9/1 installation, "Robert Irwin: Scrim veil—Black rectangle—Natural light (1977)" was designed specifically for the Whitney’s light-filled fourth-floor gallery. Read more.