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New-York Historical Society, The Noguchi Museum and More: How to Explore NYC’s Museums

August 8, 2022

Hoping to open your mind to new ideas? New York City is the absolute best place in the world if you’re interested in experiencing world-class museums. To get you started, here’s a list of some of our favorites, all within a short subway trip from The Octagon.

New-York Historical Society Museum and Library

Now that your group has experienced natural history, it’s time to focus on human history. The New-York Historical Society Museum and Library might not sound like much but in fact, this is one of the best local museums in town. 

Here you’ll find exhibits covering much more challenging topics like race and equality and some of the current exhibits exemplify this idea perfectly, including “Confronting Hate 1937-1952,” “Title IX: Activism On and Off the Field,” and “Our Composite Nation: Frederick Douglass’ America.” Every exhibit is, in a way, life changing. So you can rest assured that a trip to the New-York Historical Society Museum and Library will spark your inner artist or activist. Learn more about the New-York Historical Society Museum and Library.

American Museum of Natural History

Have you stood beside a Titanosaur or a Stegosaurus? Located at 200 Central Park West, at 81st and Columbus Ave, the American Museum of Natural History, you might begin to feel just a bit small as you walk through the many exhibits featuring dinosaurs at full height, the 1,400 year old Giant Sequoia Tree, the gigantic Galapagos Giant Tortoise, or even the massive meteorites at Arthur Ross Hall. 

Timed-entry ticket reservations continue to be required for Museum entry and facial covers are also strongly recommended. Learn more about the American Museum of Natural History.

The Noguchi Museum

Founded by renowned Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi, the museum is inside a converted industrial building designed by the artist. From the museum:

“It centers around an installation of large basalt stone sculptures in an indoor/outdoor gallery, and a serene outdoor sculpture garden. Provocative exhibitions drawn from the Museum’s collection of Noguchi’s sculpture, models for public projects and gardens, dance sets, and Akari light sculptures, together with programming with contemporary artists, offer a rich, contextualized view of his art and enduring influence as a multicultural, cross-disciplinary innovator.”

Learn more about The Noguchi Museum.

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