7 Hidden Gem Museums of NYC


In NYC, there are always so many events and places to go to at any given moment, on any given day. Sometimes you just don’t know about them!

Check out some hidden gem museums you might not have had a chance to visit yet. PSST, most of them have FREE or pay what you wish days!

1. Tenement Museum


America is one giant melting pot. New York City is the largest melting pot of them all. Enjoy a comprehensive museum experience featuring the stories of immigrant central 97 Orchard Street. Built on Manhattan’s Lower East Side in 1863, this tenement apartment building was home to nearly 7000 working class immigrants. Shuttered for over 50 years, this now-museum hosts an array of evidence about tenant and tenement life in the late 1800s.

Admission is $25 with discount prices of $20 for students and seniors.

2. The Drawing Center

The Drawing Center, a museum in Manhattan’s SoHo district on 35 Wooster St, explores the medium of drawing. Featuring a lively array of free public programs- gallery talks, panel discussions, concerts, family art workshops and literary programs, the museum is sure to deeply engage audiences.

Admission is $5 for adults and always free on Thursdays 6-8 pm.

3. National Museum of Mathematics

matheThe National Museum of Mathematics inspires math exploration and discovery. Located in Manhattan at 11 East 26th Street, New York, NY 10010 between Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue, the museum strives to enhance public understanding and perception of mathematics and illuminates the patterns that abound in our world.

Normal admission is $15, but on June 28th, admission is free all day. Pre-registration is required for all tours; visit tour.momath.org for more information and to register.

4. Aperture Gallery

apertureAperture is a not-for-profit “common ground for the advancement of photography”, producing, publishing and presenting four issues of Aperture magazine a year, between twelve and fifteen new photobooks and books about photography a year, and a regular program of exhibitions along with many more print and limited edition publications each year.

Hosting a multitude of talks, workshops, signing, and education events at their New York gallery on 547 West 27th St, Aperture is a multi-platform publisher and center for the photo community.

5. Frick Collection

The Frick Collection is an internationally recognized premier museum and research center known for its distinguished Old Master paintings and  European sculpture and decorative arts. Located on 1 E 70th St, The Frick Collection was assembled by the Pitssburgh indistrialist Henry Clay Frick and is housed in his former home on Fifth Avenue on the Upper East Side. Featuring works of Bellini, Vermeer, Gainsborough, Goya and Whistler, the museum is a must for Renaissance, Mannerism, Rococo, Baroque, Neoclassism and Reomantism lovers.

A variety of special exhibitions, acclaimed concert series, lectures, symposia and education programs can be reached six days a week- regular admission is $20, $10 for students and pay what you wish on Sundays 11 am to 1 pm.

6. Tibet House

tibet house

Tibet House US is a museum dedicated to preserving Tibet’s unique culture and civilization. An ancient nation with a recorded history dated back to 127 B.C.E, Tibet House assures the survival and repatriation of their distinct ancient Buddhist arts and culture featuring outstanding examples of Tibetan art. An excellent choice for anyone interested in learning more about Tibet’s practical systems of spiritual philosophy, mind sciences. and peacemaking.

Developed at the request of the 14th Dalai Lama, the museum is located on 5th Avenue on 22 West 15th St and open Mondays through Fridays 11am to 6pm- admission is FREE.

7. Nogucnoguchihi Museum

A museum for the intimate study of sculpture and for architect fanatics, this museum is filled with beautiful exhibitions. The Noguchi Museum’s primary mission is to advance the understanding and appreciation of Japanese-American artist and landscape architect, Isamu Noguchi’s, art and legacy. Containing a peaceful, zen atmosphere, the museum is sure to relax and restore.

The space is located in Long Island City on 9-01 33rd Road, a cultural mecca for food, has an admission price of $10, $5 for students and is free the first Friday of every month.


Do you know of a hidden gem we didn’t mention? Leave a comment below!

Author: Svetlana Dubkova

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