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A Guide to the Museum of the City of New York

The Museum of the City of New York (MNY) is an art and history museum in Manhattan, New York City. It was established by Henry Collins Brown, in 1917 to preserve and display the rich history of New York City and its many inhabitants. This museum has been a part of New York’s tourism for over a century, receiving countless numbers of tourists and returning visitors every year. Tourists from all over the world flock to this place each year to view the beautiful sights and sounds of this magnificent city and its neighborhoods.

One thing that the Museum of the City of New York does not do is sell any merchandise. However, they do offer numerous events and activities to both visitors and locals. Among these free events are exhibits, concerts, presentations, and programs. Most events are organized around different areas of the city, including both the subway system and the park system.

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In addition to their exhibits and free admission events, the Museum of the City of New York also has a permanent gallery located at Battery Park, which offers a glimpse into the past of the city. There are also a series of timescapes located throughout the city, which allow visitors to visualize the different seasons of New York City through time. These timescales can be viewed through the help of digital screens and provide visitors with the experience of “camping out” in Times Square, or sitting in Central Park and looking at the stars.

Another popular attraction that the museum has to offer is its summertime exhibit entitled “The Last Show: New York’s Creativity During the Season of Greenery.” This nine-part exhibit features works from various New York Artists. Part one showcased works by Hector Segovia and his companies group named the Buena Vista Social Club. Part two featured works by Institute of Arts in New York artists Mark Wigley and Peter Young.

The museum also offers several free events each year for cultural events and concerts. Among these is a musical theater workshop, which serves as the prelude to “The Last Show,” a major outdoor musical event. Other events include concerts at the Jazz Fest in East Village, Circle Line Music Festival in Throat Alley, and Music Review Fest in Astoria. For musical events, the museum has a small stage right in front of the Longacre Theater in the East Village. Free admission is required for this special attraction.


Another must-visit stop for travelers visiting New York City is the newly-renovated Metropolitan Museum of Art. MOMA was designed by Rem Koolhaas and is home to thousands of works of art ranging from ancient Egyptian masterpieces to contemporary abstractions. One aspect of the museum that most visitors are positively surprised by is its glass-enclosed, “gondola” museum shop where one can find almost any piece of art imaginable: photography, jewelry, pottery, sculptures, textiles, and more. Many of the pieces have never been shown outside of a glass case before, and this makes them all the more fascinating and valuable.

The Bronx Zoo is another great stop for visitors to New York City and one of the few places in the city where both the animals and the humans coexist in harmony. Located on Central Park’s West End between Myrtle Avenue and Prospect Street, the zoo features many different types of exhibits for both the zoo’s growing number of visitors as well as the growing number of local species of animals. Among the animals visitors might find of interest are the twenty different species of snakes. The Bronx Zoo also houses a planetarium, a chemistry lab, a video hall, and a fully-operational veterinary office.


Other museums to check out in New York City include the American Museum of Natural History, the Natural History Museum at Morningside Park, the Museum of Arts & Design, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Jewish History, and the Museum of Contemporary Art. These and other nearby museums make up the region’s major cultural draw. No matter which museum you decide to visit, there is sure to be an exhibitor a gift that will interest you. And with the holiday season fast approaching, these are the best gifts you can buy for that special person in your life: an exhibit at the new museum of the city of New York. And if you’re in the mood to travel, there are many cheap hotels in New York that offer complimentary breakfast daily.

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Written by Anthony Peter

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