Ellis Island

Ellis Island

Schedule:             Depends on the season, a boat starts the route between 8:30 - 9:30am

                            The last ferry returns at 5:00 p.m.

                            Open every day of the year, except December 25th

Transportation:    Ferry from Battery Park

 

When you buy the ticket to visit the Statue of Liberty, it's included in the cost to visit Ellis Island, of course, if you want to visit, it's optional, Ellis is a small island that has a lot of history, about 12 million immigrants cross this island from all over the world to locate in the United States, most of them stayed in New York. At the Museum of the island you can find letters, photographs, personal belongings and all kinds of memories of the time, also they are inscribed on the Wall of Honor, about 600,000 immigrants are there. Today, more than 100 million Americans can find their ancestors who passed through the island.

 

Our advice:

Use the audio guide, it's free and try to make the tour based on the story that the narrator is telling you and imagine how the events occurred, it’s very touching. If any of your ancestors crossed around the island, you can pay and record his name on the Wall of Honor, you only have to contribute a sum of money to Ellis Island Foundation.

Fraunces Tavern Museum

Fraunces Tavern Museum

Schedule:     Monday to Friday 12pm to 5pm

                      Saturdays and Sundays 11am to 5pm

 

It is recognized as the oldest structure in Manhattan, the only museum in New York dedicated to the history of the War of Independence. Today ,visitors can see the rooms, paintings, artifacts and weapons from the colonial era that explores the revolutionary America, with permanent and temporary exhibitions.

Here an emotional farewell took place with the first US president George Washington and his troops, at the end of the Revolution in 1783.

On the first floor is the tavern and in the following two, there are exhibitions.

Prices: Check out the cost of tickets by clicking here.

Exhibitions and collections: Click here for consulting the various temporary and permanent exhibitions of the museum.

  • Friday and Saturday from 2pm and Sundays from 1pm and 2pm find free guided Tours.
  • If you are in the Financial District is a good idea to visit this museum, the entrance fee is reasonable.
  • Do not forget to visit the tavern located on the first floor.
  • Not a good place for kids because its topic may be bored.

The National Museum of the American Indian

The National Museum of the American Indian

Schedule:           Mondays – Sundays from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

                         Thursdays from 10:00 a. m. - 8:00 pm.

Admission:          Free admission

 

It is an institution dedicated to culture, life language and art of Native American tribes, one of the best ways to know the true history of North America is visiting the Museum, which is located in the area of Wall Street in a building that for many years hosted the Customs, which has a classical facade dominated by a line of statues representing the five continents and inside it has 44 marble columns that hug an immense hall with a dome decorated by the most important artist and painters. Through its exhibits, visitors can learn the history of some of the most important tribes of North America with a focus on the people of the northeast from the current US territory and its evolution with the arrival of Europeans; it has about one million of archaeological pieces, plus photographic archive with multiple references to the culture from America.

 

Our advice:

There is a free tour to see and know the museum deeper, architecture and design. It lasts 45 minutes between 1 pm and 3 pm Monday through Friday and Sundays at 3 pm.

Concerts, dance performances, storytelling for children and crafts workshop are also performed.

You will be greeted at the entrance by security personnel who will check you but it will be quick, all bags, wallets, purses, and containers, due to security measures, the lines for entry to the museum are extended during high season and holidays. We ask for your patience, cooperation and help to keep the Museum treasures safe and with a good condition.

Public visits for families and groups of adults are given daily, please consult the calendar when you are planning your visit.

Museum Of Chinese In America

Museum Of Chinese In America

Hours:                      Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday,

                                11:00 am to 6:00 pm

closed                       Monday

Admission:               Fee Admission

                                Free first Thursday of the month of every month,

                                Except holidays.

 

Museum of Chinese in America called The MOCA, located in the heart of Manhattan, it tells the story of Chinese immigration through videos, photos and objects. The Museum architecture is an impressive design, a work of contemporary art, has several exhibition halls, interactive displays, multi-purpose auditorium. The Center for Research and Collections MOCA now houses a collection of valuable items including 65,000 artifacts, photographs, objects, documents, oral histories, and works of art, this wide variety of archival material enriches the history of China in United States.

Our advice:

The Museum offers guided tours with a minimum of 8 people and Chinatown walking tours, reservations required at least four weeks in advance, must guarantee the reservation with a deposit.

Flash photography, use of cell phones, food and drinks are not allowed in the galleries of MOCA, smoking anywhere in the museum is not allowed either.

Strollers are permitted all the time.

The museum rents their rooms for private events: tea ceremonies, luncheons, family reunions, wedding reception, for more information about your event at the Museum, please write to this e-mail address: mrobison@mocanyc.org    

Museum at Eldridge Street

Museum at Eldridge Street

Schedule:     Sunday to Thursday 10am to 5pm

                      Friday 10am to 3pm

                      Closed Saturdays

 

It is one of the first synagogues in the United States. In December 2007 the Museum completed the restoration; it was a 20-year, $18.5 million effort. Today the Eldridge Street Synagogue is home to the Museum at Eldridge Street, which welcomes people from around the world for tours relating the American Jewish history, school programs, concerts, lectures, festivals and other cultural events, in which we will see artifacts, documents, vintage clothing and wonderful architecture.

Prices: Check out the cost of tickets by clicking here

Collections: The museum is organized in three groups: Beyond the Façade (focuses on elements of our landmark home), Ways We Worship (religious objects, personal items used by congregants during prayer) and From Ellis to Eldridge (material relating to the immigrant men and women who came together to form the synagogue’s congregation).

More information click here

Our advice:

  • To save money visit the Synagogue on Monday, admission is free. Pay What You Wish (not applicable for group tours).
  • The entry fee includes a guided tour; you should see 3 videos offered on the screens on the first floor before starting the tour.

Hispanic Society of America

Hispanic Society of America

Museum Schedule:          Tuesdays to Sundays from 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

                                     Closed on Mondays

Library Schedule:            The same schedule as the Museum

                                     Closed on Sundays

Admission:                     Free admission

                                     There is a suggested donation of $ 10.

 

The Hispanic Society of America is a museum of research for the study of the arts and culture from Spain, Portugal and Latin America. Everyone loves the Met, but you have to look at something new, go to this secret treasure, is almost hidden, neoclassical Beaux-Arts, information from 1908, is full of Spanish art and to a lesser extent Latin American art , ask them to show you the map room, it has pieces from the 16th century.

 

Our advice:

The Hispanic Society offers a free 45-minute tour with an educator Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. 

Accessibility for people in wheelchairs.

Visitors with strollers should first check it at the information desk for a pass stroller. Strollers must be folded and checked into the room layer in order to visit the other parts of the museum and library. Strollers or chairs can’t go inside the museum

Picture are allowed without flash inside the Museum. Tripod, lighting and other devices can’t be used under any circumstances.

There is free parking on 155th Street between Broadway and Riverside Drive, also in this direction there is a garage. The Museum does not have cafeteria, but in the surrounding neighborhood there are good bakeries and Spanish and Latin American restaurants.

Jewish Museum of New York

Jewish Museum of New York

Schedule:   Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11 am to 5:45 pm

                    Thursday 11 am to 8 pm

                    Wednesday closed

 

It is the oldest Jewish museum in the world, offers a wealth of information to explain the cultural and historical significance through artifacts and works of art making it a wonderful learning experience. For a curious visitor is normal to take 3 or 4 hours watching all the museum's galleries.

Prices: To see your entry prices can go here

Exhibition: The museum has two permanent exhibitions Culture and Continuity: The Jewish Journey zone and Archeology: Discovering treasures from palaces and two playgrounds to the temporary exhibitions can consult by clicking here

Collections: Explore 4000 years of Jewish history through 30 thousand objects. Check out a sample of this collection by clicking here

Our advice:

  • Saturday admission is free, on Thursdays pay what you wish; admission by donation.
  • It is not allowed the entry of large bags and laptops.
  • Food and drink are not allowed in the exhibitions.
  • Photography without flash for non-commercial use is permitted.

Museo del Barrio

Museo del Barrio

Schedule:   Wednesday to Saturday 11AM to 6PM

                    Sundays 11am to 5pm

 

Founded over thirty years ago, El Museo del Barrio, often known simply as El Museo (the museum) is the only place in New York City dedicated to Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and Latin American art. It is essential for anyone who wants to know the Latin culture from a different perspective.

It was founded by Raphael Montanez Ortiz artist in 1969 and was created with one goal: to end the marginalization of many Puerto Ricans citizens in New York. El Museo aims to publicize and celebrate Latin American culture, at the same time becomes a reference of this culture in the city of New York and the United States.

El Museo also has a shop where you can buy souvenirs of all Latin American countries, a coffee/bar and a lovely theater

Admission: free for children under 12, check out the cost of tickets by clicking here

Exhibitions: It has a permanent collection of more than 6,500 pieces composed of pre-Columbian and traditional objects, sculptures, photographs, drawings, sculptures and others. This collection is divided into 4 main areas: Modern and Contemporary Art, Pre-Columbian objects, Graphic Arts and Popular Traditions. For more information about exhibitions clicking here.

Our advice:

  • At the cafe/bar, you will find typical foods of different Latin American regions.
  • If you purchase the New York Pass the entrance fee is included in the card.
  • Get a complimentary courtesy pass to the Museum of the City of New York.

The National Jazz Museum In Harlem

The National Jazz Museum In Harlem

Hours:    Thursday to Monday 11 AM - 5 PM

 

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem is dedicated to preserving and celebrating the history of Jazz. Founded in 1997 by Leonard Garment, advisor to two US presidents, and an accomplished jazz saxophonist, Abraham D. Sofaer. It has played an important role in preserving legends like Duke Ellington, Benny Carter, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Charles Mingus, Count Basie, Billie Holiday and John Coltrane.

Each year the museum produces and presents more than 80 programs in the city, with the participation of hundreds of Jazz artist, to which more than 20 thousand people from around the world come.

Collections and events: Check weekly events by clicking here. It is also home to the widely recognized Savory collection, which includes more than 100 hours of live recordings of jazz legends of the City of New York, issued on the radio between 1935 and 1941. You can listen to some of these recordings by clicking here

Tickets: The price of admission is by donation although it is advisable to ask how much is the suggested amount, children under 12 and Members Free.

 

Our advice:

  • Work during the day?, The National Jazz Museum in Harlem is perfect to attend after work and get a lesson in the history of music while you relax and enjoy live jazz.
  • Remember to respect the rules of the museum, do not bring food or drink to exhibitions, turn off the phone or activates the silent mode.
Ellis Island
Fraunces Tavern Museum
The National Museum of the American Indian
Museum Of Chinese In America
Museum at Eldridge Street
Hispanic Society of America
Jewish Museum of New York
Museo del Barrio
The National Jazz Museum In Harlem