If you go to New York, you owe it to the city to visit some of the great museums it has to offer. We bought the New York City Pass, which saves you the entrance to a number of museums and must-see attractions in the city. With so many great museums to see, it’s hard to pick which ones to go to, so having the City Pass made it a lot easier. Here are the museums we visited during our stay:
- American Museum of Natural History
We took a walk in Central Park yet again, all the way to AMNH. With a science geek (Jacob) in the household, we visit every damn natural history museum in every city we’re in that has one… and of course the New York one is one of the most prominent and famous ones, so it was a natural choice. The line was huge but moved pretty fast and we grabbed a map in order to find what we were looking for. We started with a viewing of the exhibition Dark Universe, voiced by a favorite of mine: Neil deGrasse Tyson. As you may have guessed it was about space and we sat in a planetarium with huge IMAX-screens which cover the spherical ceiling, creating the illusion that you’re traveling through space. Being a huge fan of space it was amazing to learn about dark matter and it was pure joy to listen to deGrasse Tyson.
Other things we enjoyed was the replica of a real-size blue whale. You don’t quite grasp the size of it until you see it in the museum. It is huge! And of course the whole dinasour area was pretty amazing.
- The 9/11 Memorial Museum
Truth be told, this is probably not a museum I would have visited had it not been part of the City Pass. I would have gone to Ground Zero, had a moment of silence and move on. But the 9/11 Memorial Museum was actually really, really interesting – especially for those of us who clearly remember the 2001 terrorist attacks. It was heartbreaking. When you enter the exhibition you are taken through a chronological story of what happened. There are pictures, videos, and sounds playing. There are actual objects that was found in the remains of the two towers – among them bloody shoes, glasses, the terrorists’ boarding passes, the partial remains of a the plane that crashed into the North tower, deceased firefighters’ uniforms. But the most touching and heartbreaking parts were the messages that played when you picked up telephones around the exhibition. Voicemails that some of the victims recorded for their loved ones saying things like how much they loved those close to them and that they will be waiting in heaven. Phone calls made by the flight attendants that were stuck on one of the planes. I was so touched by it and so heartbroken that I had nightmares for a couple of nights after our visit.
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art
At first we thought we had tickets to MoMA, but the kind security guard informed us that we had tickets to the Met. I had really set my mind on MoMA, so I was a bit dissappointed but we went to the Met instead. The Met is huge and there’s so much stuff to see. Unfortunately, the Egyptian Temple of Dendur, the museum’s most famous was closed when we visited but the Egyptian galleries were amazing to see. I particularly liked the modern art galleries and the collection of European paintings. I was particulary excited to finally see my favorite painting that I’ve admired since I was 8 and my teacher first introduced me to art and the European painters – the Bridge Over a Pond of Water Lilies by Monet. It was stunning! I also got to see many of the other paintings from the European masters that I admired as a child and some new ones that I hadn’t heard of.
Top photo: American Museum of Natural History By Ingfbruno – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0