You’ve wandered through every alcove of the Met, you’ve admired the Warhols at MoMA, and you’ve become best friends with the dinosaur skeleton in the Museum of Natural History. What now? Whether you’re new to the city or a native New Yorker, it’s no secret that NYC is teeming with endless treasures, including a host of lesser-known museums to satiate you once you’ve completed the Museum Mile. Let’s get exploring.
#1 Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11238)
Take a 2 or 3 train to Eastern Parkway to discover one of NYC’s largest museums in the heart of Brooklyn, featuring art both classic and contemporary. Extra points if you take the short walk to explore the nearby Brooklyn Botanical Garden and the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza.
#2 New York Transit Museum (Boerum Pl & Schermerhorn St, Brooklyn, NY 11201)
Ever wonder what NYC subways trains looked like in the 1970s? The 1950s? The turn of the century? Ever wanted to drive a bus or learn how the MTA switchboards work? Take a trip through history in this downtown Brooklyn museum disguised as a regular subway entrance.
#3 The Museum of Sex (233 5th Ave, New York, NY 10016)
Possibly NYC’s most intriguing museum, the Museum of Sex features exhibits both bawdy and educational. Take a lover, take yourself, take your newly-minted eighteen-year-old friend (guests must be eighteen or older) to learn about all things pleasurable and giggle-worthy.
#4 The Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35th Ave, New York, NY 11106)
Tucked into residential Astoria, Queens the Museum of the Moving Image features mesmerizing digital art, dozens of displays of famous props and costumes, and fascinating exhibits of film technology through the years. Extra perk: like several of it’s more well-known counterparts, the Museum of the Moving Image offers free admission on Friday evenings.
#5 The Chelsea Galleries (West 20s Between 10th and 11th Aves)
An amazing way to spend a Sunday afternoon, one can weave through this cluster of small galleries for hours for a taste of various flavors of contemporary art.
#6 The Bronx Museum of the Arts (1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10456)
Take the B or D to 167th Street to explore this Bronx museum featuring contemporary art from local artists of Asian-American, African-American, and Latinx descent.