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NYC: Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Timed-Entry Ticket

1. NYC: Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Timed-Entry Ticket

Pre-book your timed admission and skip the ticket lines to New York City's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), one of the world's most celebrated art museums. The Museum of Modern Art is a place that fuels creativity, challenges minds, and provides inspiration. With extraordinary exhibitions and the world's finest collection of modern and contemporary art, MoMA is dedicated to the conversation between the past and the present, the established and the experimental. MoMA offers a panoramic overview of modern and contemporary art, from the innovative European painting and sculpture of the 1880s to today's film, design, and performance art. Six floors of art galleries in midtown Manhattan include highlights such as Monet's Water Lilies, van Gogh's The Starry Night, Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, Matisse's Dance (I), and Warhol's Campbell's Soup Cans, as well as contemporary work by Elizabeth Murray, Cindy Sherman, Ai Weiwei, and many others. To help you enjoy the collection better, use the free MoMA app or mobile site to listen to free audio guides available for download to your personal mobile device. Free WiFi is available throughout the museum. The MoMA Stores offer a wide selection of books, design objects, jewelry, furniture, clothing, and more.

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NYC: Museum of Ice Cream Entry Ticket

2. NYC: Museum of Ice Cream Entry Ticket

Walk through the pink doors of the Museum of Ice Cream and enter a world of pure imagination. Satisfy your inner child and your actual kids with exhibitions featuring various installations designed to engage and delight children of all ages. Time your visit the museum on a weekday for a more peaceful experience. Once inside, explore imaginative, multi-sensory exhibitions that bring to life your most delightful dreams. Savor the sweetest treats on a magical floating table, slide down an epic three-story slide, take a celestial ride on a pink Museum of Ice Cream subway, and follow the buzzing sound to a giant "Queen Bee" hive. Taste the museum's signature flavors and ice cream treats along the way, before taking a dive into the world's largest sprinkle pool. Take all the Instagram-worthy pictures that your heart desires. When you finish your experience, be sure to explore the museum's whimsical shop. The Museum of Ice Cream is not a traditional museum — every installation is interactive, meaning touching isn't only allowed, it's encouraged. Alternatively, grab your partner, friend, or family member for an exclusive Night at the Museum experience at The Museum of Ice Cream. Hosted in collaboration with We’re Not Really Strangers, a card game all about empowering meaningful connections. After hours enjoy a full tour of the museum's 13 magical installations, along with special activities and treats designed to celebrate love in all its forms. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a pink-super-cone. Attend with anyone you choose (not just for romantic partners) and visit the Museum after-hours.

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NYC: 9/11 Memorial & Museum Timed-Entry Ticket

3. NYC: 9/11 Memorial & Museum Timed-Entry Ticket

Benefit from contactless entry to the National September 11 Memorial Museum with your pre-purchased timed-entry ticket. Enjoy complimentary access to the 9/11 Memorial, the Survival Tree, and the Memorial Glades The 9/11 Museum The museum displays over 10,000 monumental artifacts linked to the events of 9/11 and is made up of three permanent exhibition sections: • The Historical Exhibition has three parts: the Day of 9/11, Before 9/11 and After 9/11. It tells the story of what happened on 9/11, including the events at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and the story of Flight 93.  • The Memorial Exhibition "In Memoriam", commemorates the lives of those who perished on September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993 and provides visitors with the opportunity to learn about the men, women and children who died. • The Foundation Hall is a room of massive scale, which houses both the last column and the slurry wall.  The 9/11 Memorial (Free Entry) The “National September 11 Memorial” is a tribute of remembrance and honor to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center site, the Pentagon, as well as the six people killed in the World Trade Center bombing in February 1993.  The memorial’s twin reflecting pools are each nearly an acre in size and feature the largest manmade waterfalls in North America. The pools sit within the footprints where the Twin Towers once stood. The names of every person who died in the 2001 and 1993 attacks are inscribed into bronze panels edging the memorial pools.

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NYC: Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island & Pre-Ferry Tour

4. NYC: Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island & Pre-Ferry Tour

Discover the history of Lower Manhattan on a walking tour of Battery Park, then hop on the ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Upgrade your tour to experience the latter landmarks with a guide. Learn about the unique history of Battery Park on a 30-minute guided tour with an experienced local guide. Located at the southern tip of Manhattan Island, the 25-acre green park has a varied history and many classic monuments to explore. Learn about the Battery Cannon, Battery Oval, Coast Guard Memorial, Bosque Gardens, and the circular Bosque Fountain. Finish at Castle Clinton, built for the War of 1812 as a centerpiece of the revitalization efforts of the park. Board the ferry for Liberty Island. Benefit from priority boarding. Cross New York Harbor to the Statue of Liberty. Built by Gustave Eiffel, Lady Liberty was a gift to the United States from France. Take a self-guided tour with audio headsets that come in multiple languages. Travel to Ellis Island to hear about the immigrant experiences at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. It is thought that at least 40% of all current US citizens can trace one or more of their ancestors here. Journey how the facility processed new arrivals at the start of their lives in America. Upgrade to a fully-escorted tour and listen to your English-speaking guide bring the history of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty to life. This option also includes a guided tour of the 9/11 Memorial after you return to Manhattan.

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New York City: American Museum of Natural History Ticket

5. New York City: American Museum of Natural History Ticket

Enjoy a day of family-friendly activities at the American Museum of Natural History, in New York City. Located just across from Central Park, the museum is home to over 32 million specimens. Benefit from all-day entry and use the option to upgrade your general entry ticket to include special exhibitions. Explore all permanent exhibitions as well as the Rose Center for Earth and Space. Wander around 45 Museum Halls to learn about dinosaurs and diamonds, and everything in-between. Look out for the iconic Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton and Easter Island head that inspired characters in the film "Night at the Museum." Connect to the museum's WiFi and download the free Explorer App to your smartphone. The app offers turn-by-turn navigation, behind-the-scenes stories about exhibits, quizzes, and more. See the exhibition highlights at your own pace with the museum's self-guided tours of popular collections. Special Exhibitions: • Sea Lions: Life by a Whisker Dive into the world of a rare Australian sea lion pup and meet the people who are trying to save her species in this immersive giant-screen film. Discover a classic coming-of-age tale that takes place in a colony of sea lions living between a jagged cliff face and a roaring ocean, in an environment as harsh as it is beautiful. • Sharks: Older than dinosaurs—and more threatened than threatening—sharks are spectacular, surprising, and often misunderstood. Dive into the world of this amazingly diverse group of animals in the new exhibition, Sharks. • Worlds Beyond Earth: Worlds Beyond Earth tells the story of the surprisingly dynamic nature of the worlds that share our solar system and the unique conditions that make life on Earth possible. Captioning devices are available.

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Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island: Ticket Options with Ferry

6. Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island: Ticket Options with Ferry

Hop on board the ferry and enjoy a self-guided tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Visit Liberty Island, explore the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, and learn fascinating facts as you go. Begin your experience by departing from Liberty State Park, located in Jersey City, NJ, easily accessible by car. Once you arrive at the meeting point, enjoy priority line access with your pre-purchased ticket. Board the ferry and see the impressive views of Lady Liberty and the NYC skyline. Take note of the ferry's return times to plan your day. Your ticket gives you access to explore two attractions: Ellis Island and Liberty Island (with the Statue of Liberty). On arrival to Ellis Island, pick up your multilingual audio guide at the Immigration Museum. Then, explore what was America’s busiest immigration station for over 62 years. Walk in the footsteps of millions of people from all around the globe who passed through here looking for a new beginning and a new life for their families in America. With access to the American Family Immigration History Center's records, you can search all ship manifests that came through Ellis Island. Use this unique experience to research your family history. Once you're ready to discover Liberty Island, drop off your audio guide and return to the ferry. Upon arrival on Liberty Island, pick up your multilingual audio guide to start exploring the history of the Statue of Liberty. Children also have the opportunity to enjoy a special narration of this self-guided tour. When you are finished, return to the ferry and make your way back to your original departure point.

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New York City: 9/11 Tour, Memorial, Museum & Observatory

7. New York City: 9/11 Tour, Memorial, Museum & Observatory

Remember the terrible events of 11 September 2001 on a 9/11 walking tour, and journey through the former World Trade Center in New York. Guided by New Yorkers with a personal connection to 9/11, the tour includes personal anecdotes and touching stories of tragedy and heroism. Meet at St. Paul's Chapel to see the church that miraculously survived the falling buildings and debris, despite being only a block away from the World Trade Center. It became a makeshift rescue center in the aftermath and its iron fence became a bulletin board where family members posted notices of their missing loved ones. Hear heroic stories of the emergency responders at the Firefighter's 9/11 Memorial Wall, and see the Engine and Ladder Company 10/10, the fire station at Ground Zero. Finally, enter the 9/11 Memorial, where you can pay your respects to those who lost their lives. See the Reflecting Absence Memorial, the largest man-made waterfall inside the 9/11 Memorial, symbolizing the vast void left by the tragedy. Look at the names of the nearly 3,000 victims placed around the waterfall next to their friends, family members, and colleagues. See the new Freedom Towers and World Trade Center rising from the ground. Stay as long as you wish at this beautiful 8-acre oasis. The following are provided if you have selected the All Access option. Your guide will then provide you with timed entry tickets at the 9/11 Museum and One World Observatory. The museum entry time can vary depending on availability. Get a preview of the museum to optimize your time inside. Once inside, you are free to explore at your own pace. See artifacts from the events of 9/11, and hear recordings from people who were there on the day. Next, take a 5-minute stroll to the Observatory to marvel at its engineering and architecture. Start in the lobby of Freedom Tower with the "Voices" documentary dedicated to the men and women of the World Trade Towers and new One World Trade Center. Then take the "Sky Pod" elevator, and ascend 1,250 feet in 60 seconds. Once on the 102nd floor, go to the See Forever Theater, before descending to the 100th floor to access the main observation deck. Enjoy immersive LED displays, interactive touch screen videos, and dining options. The main draw however is the breathtaking view of the New York skyline stretching across Manhattan.

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NYC: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Admission

8. NYC: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Admission

Visitors to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum can experience a legendary aircraft carrier, the first space shuttle, the world’s fastest jets, and a Cold War-era submarine. Discover a museum that employs history and technology to inspire and advance innovation by developing the next generation of leaders in science, technology, engineering, and math. The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is dedicated to the exhibition and interpretation of history, science, and service from its home on board the aircraft carrier Intrepid, a National Historic Landmark. The former aircraft carrier USS Intrepid was launched in 1943 and fought in World War II, surviving five kamikaze attacks and one torpedo strike. The ship later served in the Cold War and the Vietnam War. It was decommissioned in 1974, and today is berthed on the Hudson River. You get the chance to visit 4 decks of this great ship: • Hangar Deck: A great place to start your visit and our main indoor exhibit space, the hangar deck takes you through both the hardware and humanity of Intrepid • Flight Deck: Get an up-close look at more than two dozen authentically restored aircraft, look inside the Restoration Tent, and take a walk through history on Intrepid's island and bridges. - Gallery Deck: Located between the flight deck and hangar deck, the gallery deck features the combat information center (CIC), squadron ready room, and marine berthing • Third Deck: Learn about shipboard life in Intrepid's restored galley, enlisted mess, and crew berthing The Space Shuttle Pavilion showcases Enterprise, the prototype NASA orbiter that paved the way for the space shuttle program. Dynamic exhibit zones feature original artifacts, photographs, audio, and films that immerse visitors in the science and history of Enterprise and the space shuttle era.

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Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island: Fast-Track Access

9. Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island: Fast-Track Access

Take a 30-minute Live guided tour in English of Battery Park where you can learn its unique history with a local guide. Located at the southern tip of Manhattan Island, the park has an interesting history and many monuments. You will learn about the Battery Cannon, Battery Oval, Coast Guard Memorial and Bosque Gardens and Fountain. Your tour will also encounter Castle Clinton, which was built in anticipation of the War of 1812 and was the centerpiece of the revitalization efforts of the park. Your guide will then assist you through the various procedures to board the ferry to Liberty Island where you will benefit from priority boarding and save precious time. You will receive priority access to the ferry Line to Liberty Island, before crossing New York Harbor to the Statue of Liberty. Built by Gustave Eiffel, “Lady Liberty” was a gift to the United States from the people of France. You can take a self-guided audio tour with the provided headsets, available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian, and Arabic Then, cross to Ellis Island to learn about the immigrant experience at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. It is thought that at least 40% of all current US citizens can trace one or more of their ancestors to Ellis Island. Here you are able to pick up your audio guide on arrival (available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian and Arabic) and explore independently. Journey through the 60-plus years that the facility processed new arrivals at the start of their lives in America. Alternatively, upgrade to an escorted tour and benefit from the services of an English-speaking guide on Ellis Island. This option also includes a guided tour of the 9/11 Memorial once you have returned to Manhattan from Ellis Island.

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NYC: Guggenheim Museum Entry Ticket

10. NYC: Guggenheim Museum Entry Ticket

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is Frank Lloyd Wright's modernist architectural masterpiece housing its world-renowned collections of modern and contemporary art. The building was recently named a UNESCO World Heritage Site — one of two in New York — the other being the Statue of Liberty. Once you arrive at the Museum, skip the admissions line and head straight for the information desk to check-in. Your ticket gives you unlimited time to discover all that the museum has to offer. Founded on a collection of early modern masterpieces, the Guggenheim Museum today is an ever-evolving institution devoted to the art of the 20th century and beyond.  Connect to the Museum's Wi-Fi and download the Guggenheim's Digital Guide, available for free on the Bloomberg Connects app. Access audio guides and downloadable exhibition texts for each exhibition on view, as well as information about the permanent collection and the Frank Lloyd Wright building. The audio guide is available in 11 languages, including Spanish, Mandarin, Italian, and Arabic. Exhibitions on View: • Countryside, The Future - through Feb 14, 2021 • Guggenheim Collection: Brancusi - through Feb 28, 2021 • The Fullness of Color: 1960s Painting - through Mar 14, 2021 • Marking Time: Process in Minimal Abstraction - through Mar 14, 2021 • Away from the Easel: Jackson Pollock’s Mural - through Sep 19, 2021 • Knotted, Torn, Scattered: Sculpture after Abstract Expressionism - through Sep 19, 2021 • Thannhauser Collection - ongoing"

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Best museums in New York City

Looking for the best museums in New York? In “the city that never sleeps,” museums offer a quiet reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the big city. You’ll find some of the country’s finest art and culture showcased in New York. Just like catching a show on Broadway, strolling through Central Park, and climbing to the top of the Empire State Building, make sure to take some time to check out these New York museums.

History museums in New York City

Visit the Statue of Liberty

She’s the most iconic figure in the United States: the Statue of Liberty, located on Liberty Island. But you can experience more on this island than just a statue.

The Statue of Liberty Museum, opened in 2019, gives visitors the chance to dive deep into the history of the Lady Liberty statue. The “Inspiration Gallery” will give you a chance to actively participate in a digital exhibition called “Becoming Liberty.” How? Simply by sharing a selfie and reflecting on all that you’ve seen and learned in the museum. You’ll also be able to see the statue’s original torch!

Visit Ellis Island

You should plan to visit Ellis Island on the same trip to the Statue of Liberty. The National Museum of Immigration will enlighten you about the history of immigration in the United States. You’ll get to hear a few of the stories of the millions of immigrants who went through Ellis Island in search of a better life.

Visit the 9/11 Memorial and Museum

Although it’s a sobering experience, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum is an important part of New York City and American history. In the museum you will see thousands of artifacts linked to the September 11th terrorist attacks. A permanent historical exhibition recounts the story of what happened on 9/11. You can also watch three informative films that repeat throughout the day, included in your tour of the museum.

If you want to skip the museum and just visit the 9/11 Memorial, you can enter for free. Note that it’s located in the spot where the Twin Towers once stood. The memorial is made up of two large reflecting pools with the largest manmade waterfalls in North America. Bronze panels along the edge of the memorial pools list the names of every person who died in the attacks.

Science museums in New York City

Visit the American Museum of Natural History


Open every day of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas, the American Museum of Natural History is one you won’t want to miss. You’ll see more than 30 million specimens in the museum, spread out among 42 museum halls. In these permanent exhibitions, you’ll find fossils and dioramas depicting information about birds, mammals, and human cultures around the world, plus even more. A general-admission ticket gives you access to all this, in addition to the Rose Center for Earth and Space. However, the special exhibitions, giant-screen films, and the Space Show will cost you extra.

Visit the Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum

Do you want to see the world’s fastest jets and a submarine from the Cold War era? Head to the Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum, which features an inspiring combination of history, science, and technology. At this museum, you will have an opportunity to explore this famous aircraft-carrier ship, the USS Intrepid. You can see the first space shuttle, Enterprise, which is showcased on the Space Shuttle Pavilion. 

Iconic museums in New York

Visit the Museum of Modern Art

No trip to the Big Apple would be complete without a visit to the world-famous Museum of Modern Art, also known as MoMA. It’s home to famous works of art, including Van Gogh’s The Starry Night, Monet’s Water Lilies, and Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans. At MoMa you can also see Gauguin, Dali, Picasso, Matisse, and Pollock. You could easily spend hours exploring all the artwork that this museum has to offer.

Visit the Empire State Building

Finally, this list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the Empire State Building. If you’re looking for stunning panoramic views of the city, go to the observation deck of one of the tallest buildings in the world. But did you know that you can also visit a museum on the second floor of the building? You can learn all about the history of the building as you pass the time waiting for your turn to go to the top.








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What people are saying about New York City

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based on 12,244 reviews

Would thoroughly recommend this trip, certainly worth doing rather than just the memorial and museum. Eric, our guide took us around the area, explaining history, adding anecdotes and bringing it all to life. He was a fantastic guide and reallly connected with the group. The museum is an amazingly powerful experience too. There was zero visibility at the top of the Freedom Tower but the lady at the kiosk readily moved our slot to another day so we won't miss out. All in all, an excellent day.

It was flawless.. first time to Ellis island and the Statue of Liberty had a wonderful time the experience was unique and very educational.

Very sad and challenging thing to remember but you all have put together a great rememberance of all the details.

You think you know a lot about that day until you come to the museum, you don't nothing about that day..

The tour guide was very nice and especially down to earth person easy to speak with, friendy