New York City Museum Tours
Museum tours available to adult, school and student groups traveling to New York City with Pro Musica Tours.
New York City is home to hundreds of museums, ranging from enormous world-class collections to intimate galleries throughout the city. Pro Musica is able to arrange private guided tours for your group that focus on specific exhibitions, or can provide your group with a more general overview of larger collections. Your personal tour coordinator has the most up to date information about upcoming exhibitions and is happy to provide you with details about what will be showing when your group is in the city.
American Craft Museum: The galleries at this museum on Fifth Avenue are arranged in a unique fashion, on a series of interior balconies, with curving stairways linking the different levels. The works on display are mostly contemporary crafts with some pieces so outlandish that they are amusing to look at, while some have a social message at their center.
American Folk Art Museum: This museum has established a national and international reputation as a leading cultural institution dedicated to the collection, exhibition, and study of traditional and contemporary American folk art. Exhibitions and programs embrace a wide range of folk art, both traditional and contemporary, from the U.S. and abroad.
American Museum of Natural History: For 125 years, this museum has been one of the world's preeminent science and research institutions, renowned for its collections and exhibitions that illuminate millions of years of the earth's evolution, from the birth of the planet through the present day.
American Museum of the Moving Image: The museum houses the nation's most important collection of motion picture and television artifacts. Exhibitions elegantly illustrate how the art and the craft of moving image making are inseparable.
American Numismatic Society: This is the leading national institution for advancing the study and appreciation of coins, medals and related objects of all cultures as historical and artistic documents. Located in the landmark Audubon Terrace Cultural Complex, the numismatic collection holds approximately 750,000 coins and related objects.
Asia Society and Museum: The Asia Society is America's foremost institution dedicated to fostering understanding of Asia and communication between Americans and the peoples of Asia and the Pacific. This museum is the only institution in North America addressing the intersection of the arts, economics, politics, and society throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
Bronx Museum of the Arts: Founded in 1971, the Bronx Museum of the Arts offers wonderful exhibitions and programs for children and adults. The Museum's collection consists of over 800 twentieth-century and contemporary works of art in all media.
The Brooklyn Botanic Gardens: This beautiful large park exhibits numerous plant species from all over the world, almost all of which are neatly labeled with scientific and common names. Themed areas include a Japanese garden, a rock garden (which has flowers as well as rocks, unlike Zen rock gardens), a rose garden and a native flora garden.
The Brooklyn Children's Museum: This is the world's first museum where young children can explore culture, arts, science, and the environment. BCM offers innovative hands-on exhibitions, daily workshops and programs, and weekend multicultural performances.
The Brooklyn Museum of Art: A hidden treasure awaits visitors to Brooklyn at this museum which has one of the best collections of Egyptian Art in the world; their permanent collection also includes Classical and Ancient Middle Eastern Art, Arts of Africa, the Pacific and the Americas. They have installed 28 period rooms and feature an extensive selection of American Paintings.
The Children's Museum of the Arts: This museum provides stimulating, interactive exhibitions and programs for children under ten years old, encouraging them to develop their full creative potential through the visual and performing arts.
Children's Museum of Manhattan: This museum inspires children and families to learn about themselves and our culturally diverse world through the arts, literacy, media and communications, science and the environment and early childhood education.
The Cloisters: The Cloisters is one of the most beautiful museums in Manhattan, home to the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection of art and architecture from medieval Europe. Best known for its unique gardens and structure, as well as the beautiful tapestries on display, the Cloisters also offer architectural installations, a series of special exhibitions, and fantastic views of the Hudson.
Cooper-Hewitt Museum: Andrew Carnegie's old mansion, which houses the Museum, looks like a building transplanted from a university campus; a black cast iron fence encloses a courtyard with grass and trees. The exhibits, in large part, focus on work that gives every day items like furniture, computers and toothbrushes a more unique appearance, adding form to the function. Architecture and graphic design are also well covered.
Dahesh Museum: This is the only museum in America dedicated to collecting and exhibiting 19th- and early 20th-century European academic art, which is the continuation of the great Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo traditions in the visual arts.
Dia Center for the Arts: This multi-disciplinary contemporary arts organization is based in New York City. The name Dia, taken from the Greek word meaning "through" was chosen to suggest the Center's role as the conduit or means for realizing extraordinary projects.
The Drawing Center: This center is the only not-for-profit institution in the country to focus solely on the exhibition of drawings, both contemporary and historic. It was established in 1976 to provide opportunities for emerging and under-recognized artists; to demonstrate the significance and diversity of drawings throughout history; and to stimulate public dialogue on issues of art and culture.
Forbes Magazine Galleries: The impressive collection features over 12,000 toy soldiers, 500 toy boats, 12 Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs (only Queen Elizabeth has more!) and objets d'art, Presidential papers and historical documents. The gallery also displays other memorabilia including as antique trophies and several original versions of the game Monopoly.
The Frick Collection: Preserved on Millionaire's Row, the mansion is a grand setting for an incredible collection of European painting and decorative arts. The enclosed inner courtyard is a perfect place for weary art lovers to take a rest. You'll see nothing more recent than 1880's French Impressionism here; most of the work is at least a century older than that, with one piece that is nearly seven hundred years old!
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum: Frank Lloyd Wright designed this building, now designated the youngest New York City landmark. As you walk the famous spiral walkway, you will view works from artists of the 19th and 20th century including: Brancusi, Braque, Calder, Chagall, Robert Delaunay, Giacometti, Kandinsky, Klee, Leger, Miro, Picasso, and Van Gogh.
The Hispanic Society of America: This museum and reference library is for the study of the arts and cultures of Spain, Portugal, and Latin America located on Audubon Terrace. The Society offers a comprehensive survey of Spanish painting and drawing from the Middle Ages to the present.
International Center of Photography: Founded in 1974, the ICP is both a museum and one of the largest schools of photography in the world. Exhibitions, collections, publications, workshops, seminars, symposia, and certificate and degree programs are among the complementary activities that make ICP dynamic and unique among photographic institutions
Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum: Docked in the waters of the Hudson on the west side of Manhattan, The Intrepid is a 40,000 ton, 900 foot-long aircraft carrier which served the Navy from 1943 to 1974. On board, you'll find an awesome collection of aircrafts from WWII to the present including the world's fastest aircraft, a Lockheed A-12 Blackbird.
Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum: This unique museum is a comprehensive installation of Isamu Noguchi's sculptures in an environment designed by the artist. There are both indoor and outdoor exhibition areas as well as a cafe and museum shop. Special programs at the museum include guided tours and a permanent series of films about Noguchi.
The Japan Society: Established in 1907, New York's Japan Society has evolved into North America's single major producer of high-quality content on Japan for an English-speaking audience, presenting over 100 exhibitions and events annually.
The Jewish Museum: This major American art museum is also the largest Jewish museum in the Western hemisphere. Art is its primary medium of communication; yet the Museum's permanent exhibition presents, within an historical context, the multiple facets of Jewish identity as it has emerged during more than four millennia.
Lower East Side Tenement Museum: A vital slice of New York City history, the heart of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum is its landmark tenement building, home to 7,000 people from 20 nations between 1863 and 1935. Visitors to the Museum tour the cramped living spaces and learn about the lives of past residents in Manhattan's earlier years.
Madame Tussaud's New York: Get up close and personal with your favorite celebrities at the five-story Madame Tussaud's New York! Leave time to tour these six themed, interactive environments showcasing nearly 200 masterfully crafted, lifelike wax figures.
Merchant's House Museum: This Museum offers visitors a glimpse of life in a bygone era when New York City was being carved out of sprawling farming communities and industry was beginning to change the face of society forever. The Merchant's House was built in 1832 and is sited as the finest example of Greek Revival architecture in the nation.
Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Met is a one of the worlds largest, most famous, and highly respected art museums. Every category of art in every known medium from every part of the world during every epoch of recorded time is represented here and thus available for contemplation or study -- not in isolation but in comparison with other times, other cultures, and other media.
The Morgan Library: Among the world's greatest treasuries of seminal artistic, literary, musical, and historical works, the Library's renowned collection of rare books, manuscripts, and drawings have as their principal focus the history, art, and literature of Western civilization from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century.
El Museo Del Barrio: Founded thirty years ago, this is New York City's only Latino museum dedicated to Puerto Rican, Caribbean and Latin American art.
Museum for African Art: This museum is dedicated to increasing public understanding and appreciation of African art and culture, and is recognized worldwide as the pre-eminent organizer of exhibitions and publishers of books devoted exclusively to historical and contemporary African art.
Museum of American Financial History: This museum was founded in 1988 to illustrate the role of finance in American history. The museum's permanent collections include priceless antique stocks, bonds, and currency; historic documents and photographs; and equipment once used on Wall Street.
Museum of Cartoon and Comic Art: This museum is an American not-for-profit arts organization devoted to the production and history of comic books, comic strips and other forms of cartoon art.
Museum of Chinese in the Americas: This museum is the first full-time professionally staffed museum dedicated to reclaiming, preserving, and interpreting the history and culture of Chinese and their descendants in the Western Hemisphere
Museum of Jewish Heritage: This Living Memorial to the Holocaust’s mission is to educate people of all ages and backgrounds about the 20th century Jewish experience before, during, and after the Holocaust.
Museum of Modern Art: From an initial gift of eight prints and one drawing, this collection has grown to include more than 100,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, architectural models and drawings, and design objects. MoMA also owns some 14,000 films and four million film stills, as well as 140,000 books, artist books, and periodicals, all part of the Museum's library.
Museum of the City of New York: This is one of the most elegant museums in the city, and looks like a Colonial American mansion with its large red-brick building with white stone columns accenting the entranceway and marble floors and stairways. This museum was established in 1923 to collect, preserve, and present original materials related to the history of New York City.
Paley Center for Media: Formerly the Museum of Television and Radio, this museum is dedicated to audio-visual artifacts with a collection of over 50,000 TV and radio shows. Pick your selection from the library and watch it at one of the many video consoles.
National Academy Museum: Designated a New York City landmark, this elegant and stately six-story Beaux-Arts townhouse designed by Ogden Codman Jr. is one of the few remaining mansions on Fifth Avenue that is open to the public. Founded in 1825, they have always fostered the promotion of the Fine Arts in America, and house a sizeable collection of American Arts - over 8,000 works!
National Museum of the American Indian: One of the most beautiful museums in New York City is located in the old Customs House across the street from Battery Park. The museum's galleries are arranged in a semicircle surrounding the Rotunda where there is older, more traditional artwork as well as a significant amount of contemporary Native American art.
Neue Gallerie: German for "New Gallery", this is a museum of early twentieth-century German and Austrian art and design. It is one of the most recent additions to New York City's famed Museum Mile.
New Museum of Contemporary Art: One of the premier contemporary art museums in New York City, and among the most important internationally, The New Museum exhibits innovative contemporary art from around the world.
New York City Fire Museum: The Museum is located, appropriately enough, in an old firehouse that was converted into a museum. The museum is crowded with fire engines from various time periods, firefighter suits and equipment; and the walls are completely covered with paintings and photographs.
New York City Police Museum: This museum is dedicated to preserving the history of the New York City Police Department, the world’s largest and most famous police department. Most of the material on display is memorabilia showing that development of police work over time; uniforms, badges, medals, motorcycles and a squad car.
New York Hall of Science: Built as a pavilion for the 1964-65 New York World's Fair, the Hall of Science served as a museum from 1966 to 1981. In 1986, an improved museum reopened with 25,000 square feet of exhibition space and new hands-on exhibitions.
New-York Historical Society: Since 1804, The New York Historical Society has served as the collective memory of New York, accumulating vast collections in American painting, sculpture, books, manuscripts, decorative arts, architectural drawings, photographs, prints and ephemera.
New York Transit Museum: For a well-presented historical survey of the New York City Transit System, visit this museum housed in an authentic 30's station. The museum offers artifacts from yesteryear including vintage subway cars, antique turnstiles, and much more.
Nicholas Roerich Museum: This museum is dedicated to the art of Russian-born artist Nicholas Roerich. One of the museum's goals is to promote awareness of Roerich's ideas about art and culture, as embodied in the Museum's symbol and its motto, Pax Cultura, Peace Through Culture.
PS1 Contemporary Art Center: PS1 has been a defining force in New York's cultural life by combining a world-class exhibition program, a prestigious National and International Artist Studio Program, and a broad spectrum of education and public programs that serve our many audiences.
Queens Museum of Art: Home to the famous Panorama of the City of New York, this model is 9335 sq. ft. with 800,000 buildings representing the 320 square miles of New York City.
Rose Center for Earth and Space: Effortlessly floating inside a beautifully constructed glass cube, the Hayden Planetarium sphere welcomes scientific pilgrims of all ages with a futuristic silver sheen during the day and soft blue glow in the evening. A visit here may be combined with the Museum of Natural History, in which the Rose Center is housed.
Schomburg Center: The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is a national research library devoted to collecting, preserving and providing access to resources documenting the experiences of peoples of African descent throughout the world.
Sony Wonder Technology Lab: This is a great place for kids of all ages to learn about technology through interactive exhibits including audio, imaging, robotics, and design.
South Street Seaport Museum: New York City's maritime past comes alive at South Street Seaport Museum. Explore the decks and cabins of six historic ships, see exhibitions of maritime art and artifacts and discover New York's archaeological heritage.
Studio Museum in Harlem: The Studio Museum is the premier museum dedicated to African American art. The collection features nineteenth and twentieth-century African-American art, twentieth century Caribbean and African art, and traditional African art and artifacts.
Taipei Gallery: Since its opening, the Taipei Gallery has exhibited both ancient Chinese arts and contemporary arts from Taiwan. In addition to introducing Taiwan's modern art, the gallery is a venue for artists from around the world whose works relate to Chinese culture and society.
Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace: For 14 years, this was the home of Theodore Roosevelt, the young man who was to become the 26th President of the United States. Roosevelt lived here from the time of his birth on October 27, 1858. The house was reconstructed in 1923, to preserve the story of the early life of this influential president.
Ukrainian Museum: The Museum focuses on the Ukrainian experience, past and present through exhibitions and various programs and activities. The events are designed to educate and motivate visitors to further explore this incredibly rich cultural heritage.
Wave Hill: Wave Hill is dedicated to exploring the interaction between human beings and the natural environment. Programs in both the arts and sciences are designed to foster public understanding of and appreciation for this complementary relationship.
Whitney Museum of American Art: One of only a few museums in New York City that focuses entirely on American art, The Whitney has a distinctly contemporary look of sharply angled, polished gray stone and glass. However, it's not the building that makes the Whitney unique, it's the extensive collection of twentieth century American art housed inside.