NYC's Best Under-the-Radar Museums, Mapped

October 23, 2017

NYC's Best Under-the-Radar Museums, Mapped

By Ameena Walker, Curbed New York

New York City is home to a lot of museums—there’s Fifth Avenue’s Museum Mile, of course, but big-name institutions like the Museum of Modern Art, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Whitney, among others, draw in thousands of visitors every year.

But if you’ve already visited those places dozens of time, why not visit one of the city’s many lesser-known—but no less impressive—museums? Covering topics like subway history, Himalayan art and design, and the life of jazz legend Louis Armstrong, these cultural institutions are as diverse as they are fascinating.

Here, we’ve gathered 17 of these unheralded gems—and if we missed your favorite, let us known in the comments...

2. Museum of American Finance

This institution—which describes itself as “the nation’s only independent public museum dedicated to celebrating the spirit of entrepreneurship and the democratic free market tradition”—is fittingly located within a historic bank in the Financial District. Here, you can learn about the history of the stock exchange, see how printed money has evolved over time, and learn more about Alexander Hamilton than what Lin-Manuel Miranda has taught you.


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