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Museums on the Upper West Side

Museums on the Upper West Side

Visiting one of the many Upper West Side museums is a great way to spend a rainy day or to learn more about the neighborhood’s history and culture.

Each museum on the Upper West Side provides a unique experience that fosters learning, understanding and cultural awareness.

The following list contains the most prominent museums on the Upper West Side as well as a short description of that particular museum’s main attraction(s) and / or exhibit(s).

American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) is one of NY’s largest and most renown museums. Visitors embark on a journey of historical, scientific and cultural discovery.

Exhibits are always rotating at the American Museum of Natural History so there is always something new to learn. The museum also includes the Hayden Planetarium where visitors can observe the night sky up close and center. If you’ve never visited a planetarium before, it is an experience that you won’t forget!

American Museum of History on the Upper West Side

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If you’re looking for an educational experience on the Upper West Side, it doesn’t get any more in-depth than a trip to AMNH. For more information please visit

New-York Historical Society Museum and Library

The New-York Historical Society (N-YHS) was founded in 1804 and serves as New York’s oldest museum. The goal of the N-YHS is to foster an understanding of how history has an impact on modern society by conducting research, presenting historical and art exhibits and sponsoring public programs. The museum features over 1.6 million works of art!

Besides the museum itself, the New-York Historical Society also operates The Patricia D. Klingenstein Library, The Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture, The New-York Historical Society Education Center and The Gilder Lehrman Collection.

Society Museum on the Upper West Side

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Specifically for children, the N-YHS has created the Dimenna Children’s History Museum – located in the same building as the N-YHS itself. The museum is intended for children between the ages of 8 and 14 and aims at having children understand and relate to historical figures and events. The museum also includes hands-on exhibits that encourage children to have fun and learn about history at the same time!

If you’re interested in learning about American history from the War of Independence up until modern times, then the N-YHS Museum is the place for you!

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Children’s Museum of Manhattan

The Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) has been providing an interactive and educational experience for children since 1973. With a 38,000 square-foot facility full of exhibits, there is always something new and interesting for kids to explore.

The goal of CMOM is to provide an environment that facilitates early learning by developing children’s creative, analytical and scientific skills.

Like most children’s museums, CMOM is a completely hands-on museum where children interact with exhibits to learn more about themselves and the world around them.

If you’re looking to spend a fun and educational day with the entire family, you can’t go wrong at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan.

For more information please visit

American Folk Art Museum

The American Folk Art Museum is devoted to displaying and creating an appreciation for traditional folk art. Unlike fine art museums, the American Folk Art Museum displays works from self-taught and “outsider” artists.

The museum features drawings, paintings, quilts and various other arts forms from around the world. Exhibits are always changing so make sure you keep checking back for information on the latest display.

The museum also has multiple traveling exhibits on display around the country.

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