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

1. 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.

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. Start off the night with a signature cocktail and ignite your senses through a theatrical experience. 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.

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

3. 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 inspires. 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. Enjoy exploring the traveling exhibits. From February 20 to July 2, visit the Project of Independence. This exhibition explores the ways modern architecture in the region gave shape and expression to idealist societal visions and emancipatory politics of the post-independence period. From March 13 to August 13, enjoy the Frédéric Bruly Bouabré exhibit, the first in-depth study in the US of this Ivorian artist who used drawing as a critical tool to invent a writing system. Henri Matisse: The Red Studio is available from May 1 to September 10 and focuses on the genesis and history of Matisse. From July 16 to January 2, 2023, visit Barara Kruger: Thing of You. I mean Me. I Mean You, a large-scale site-specific commission that will envelop the Donald and Catherine Marron Family Atrium. From October 30 to March 4, 2023, enjoy the Meret Oppenheim: My Exhibition, the first transatlantic exhibition to survey this visionary Swiss artist's career. 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 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.

NYC: Brooklyn Museum Ticket w/ Optional Virgil Abloh Exhibit

4. NYC: Brooklyn Museum Ticket w/ Optional Virgil Abloh Exhibit

Explore the Brooklyn Museum located in the historic Beaux-Arts Building nestled in the Prospect Park neighborhood. Discover collections of art and artifacts which span 5000 years of human creativity from cultures in every corner of the globe. Wander through the Ancient Egyptian Galleries that contain over 1,200 objects that include sculptures, paintings, pottery, and papyri. Visit The Mummy Chamber which is a special section that explores the rituals related to mummification and the Egyptian belief that the body must be preserved to ensure eternal life. Discover the American collections, home to Native American art and artifacts, Spanish colonial painting, and 20th-century American painting, sculpture, and decorative objects. See how cultural ideas can transcend time and place and contemplate the complexity and dynamism of American cultural life. Stroll through the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, which is dedicated to the study and exhibition of feminist art and is the only curatorial center of its kind. Of particular interest is The Dinner Party by Judy Chicago, an important icon of 1970s feminist art. On display from July 1 2022 - January 29 2023, upgrade your museum admission to include access to Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech". Since the beginning of his career, the multidisciplinary work of late visionary artist and designer Virgil Abloh has reshaped how we understand the role of fashion, art, design, and music in contemporary culture. Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech", developed by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, is the first museum exhibition devoted to Abloh’s work, spanning two decades of the artist’s practice, including collaborations with artist Takashi Murakami, musician Kanye West, and architect Rem Koolhaas. The exhibition features material from his fashion label Off-White; and items from Louis Vuitton, where he served as the first Black menswear artistic director. He is also well-known for designing Hailey Bieber's wedding dress.

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.

New York City: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island with Ferry

6. New York City: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island with Ferry

Hop on board the ferry and enjoy a self-guided tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island from New Jersey. 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, and easily accessible by car. Once you arrive at the meeting point, bypass the ticket line 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.

NYC: Guggenheim Museum Entry Ticket

7. NYC: Guggenheim Museum Entry Ticket

Book your entry ticket to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural masterpiece housing world-renowned collections of modern and contemporary art. Enjoy skip-the-ticket-line entry, full access to all exhibitions, and a downloadable audio guide included with your ticket. The building was recently named a UNESCO World Heritage Site — one of two in New York — the other being the Statue of Liberty. 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.  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. Connect to the Museum's Wi-Fi and download the digital guide with audio guides and texts for each exhibition, 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: • Vasily Kandinsky: Around the Circle - through September 5, 2022• Gillian Wearing: Wearing Masks - through June 13, 2022• Thannhauser Collection - Ongoing

NYC: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island First Tour of the Day

8. NYC: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island First Tour of the Day

Discover the famous Statue of Liberty on a guided tour and ferry ride. Enjoy early access to Liberty Island, see clear views of the iconic New York skyline, and explore Ellis Island. Begin your day at The Battery (formerly known as Battery Park), the historical gateway to Lady Liberty. Board the earliest ferry of the day (if you choose the earliest tour time) to avoid the crowds of tourists and sail away from Manhattan to greet the Statue of Liberty. Disembark at Liberty Island and join your guide on a walking tour of the island to learn the origins of the iconic Statue of Liberty. As you walk, take in views of the famed New York skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge. Wander through the Statue of Liberty Museum and see Lady Liberty’s original torch. Next, board the short ferry to Ellis Island. Hear a brief introduction about the Island's historical significance and get recommendations on what to do on the island from your guide. Then, explore this special place at your own pace. Wander the site, enjoy the official audio guide, search the passenger records for family names, or pause for a quick bite to eat at the popular cafeteria. Either return to Manhattan with your guide on the ferry or stay to explore the island as long as you wish.

NYC: Museum of Sex Entry Ticket

9. NYC: Museum of Sex Entry Ticket

Get ready for a Museum experience like no other when you visit the iconic Museum of Sex with this entry ticket. For over 20 years, the Museum of Sex has been delighting visitors by producing world-class exhibitions in partnership with top academics, artists and scholars. Its exhibitions and programs span genres that reflect the vibrant complexity of human sexuality, connecting the present with the past, and balancing the serious and the playful. Enjoy 4 floors of multi-media displays and educational exhibits. Highlights include "Porno Chic to Sex Positivity and Artifact (XXX): Selections from Secret Collections". Immerse yourself in the blockbuster permanent installation "Super Funland: Journey into the Erotic Carnival", where you will discover the decadent history of the carnival. Try your hand at over 15 amusements and games that play on sexual thrills and humor, including La Matadora, the mechanical bull, Jump for Joy, a bouncy castle of breasts, or RuPaul Speaks, where RuPaul will read you your sexual fortune. End your tour by stopping by the bar for a specialty cocktail, and then head to the award-winning retail shop to grab a gift that keeps on giving.

NYC: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Entry Ticket

10. NYC: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Entry Ticket

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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Definitely one of the most organized, informative and well-designed museums I’ve ever been to. Hard to say that I “enjoyed” visiting a venue that memorializes one of the most horrific events in our nation’s history, but I will definitely say that it is an experience that cannot be missed. It is a very moving experience and one that truly reinforces the notion that we must always remember and never forget what happened that dreadful day.

There’s no better way to experience the museum. Going through the rooms and pieces with an expert who can stop just at the right places and give you the backstory of them with such enthusiasm can’t get beaten. Kevin was our tour guide and is very knowledgeable and entertaining!

Our guide, Dave Gardner, was excellent, enthusiastic & knowledgeable… we really enjoy the experience albeit emotional.

It was amazing, really fast using Get Your Guide and I would back with my family!

Well worth the money spent. Definitely learned some things I had no idea of