New York City is known for its wide array of museums and galleries, and there is no shortage of creatives adding to their extensive collections. Whether you want to explore the history of the human race or delve into Taylor Swift’s songwriting genius, there are plenty of museums in NYC. Some of these cultural institutions even offer free admission and provide fun for all ages.  We’ve compiled a list of some of the best New York City museums nearby our Midtown Manhattan hotel.

New York City Museums


Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) 

11 West 53rd St., Manhattan | 1 mile from Club Quarters Park Terrace

The Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan is one of the most popular museums in New York City. Just a mile from Club Quarters Park Terrace, this museum houses a collection of nearly 200,000 pieces of modern and contemporary art. Admission to MoMA is free for members. 

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Pier 86, W 46th St., New York | 2.6 miles from Club Quarters Park Terrace

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is a non-profit educational institution aboard the Intrepid aircraft carrier. In addition to unique aircrafts, visitors to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum can see Enterprise, the world’s first space shuttle that inspired America’s successful Space Shuttle Program. The museum’s property is also home to publicly-accessible Pier 86 and the Exploreum, an interactive hall that focuses on water, space, air, and life at sea. 

American Museum of Natural History

200 Central Park West, New York | 3.0 miles from Club Quarters Park Terrace

The American Museum of Natural History houses over 33,000 artifacts and specimens, ranging from cryogenically-frozen biological specimens to one of the world’s most important collections of gems and minerals. Visit the permanent collections in the Fossil Halls, Earth and Planetary Science Halls, Birds and Reptiles and Amphibians Halls, Human Origins and Cultural Halls, the Mammal Halls, and the Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation. There are also rotating exhibitions and collections on display. 

Two stories of books and intricate ceilings at the Morgan Library & Museum in NYC.

The Morgan Library & Museum

225 Madison Ave., New York | 0.4 miles from Club Quarters Park Terrace

Originally a personal library, the Morgan Library & Museum has expanded since the early 1900s to include illuminated manuscripts, early print editions of books, old master drawings, early children’s books, Americana, and more. The Morgan Library & Museum is also home to a garden court that features art installations and plants relevant to the exhibitions. 

Museum of Arts and Design

2 Columbus Circle, New York | 1.6 miles from Club Quarters Park Terrace

The Museum of Arts and Design encourages visitors to interact with art, craft, and design in new ways through their permanent and rotating collections. Explore Taylor Swift’s storytelling expertise and see iconic outfits from her music videos, like the red wedding dress and bellhop uniform from “I Bet You Think About Me” (Taylor’s Version) (From the Vault),” and the sparkle-studded ensemble from 2022’s “Bejeweled” at the special Taylor Swift: Storyteller exhibition.

Tenement Museum

103 Orchard St., New York | 4.8 miles from Club Quarters Park Terrace

The Tenement Museum in New York gives visitors unique insights into the lives of the working-class tenement residents who immigrated to New York City to help build the city and the nation. You’ll find yourself standing in the kitchens, hallways, and parlors where these families made their new lives, complemented by primary sources and research to rebuild the context behind what you see. 

Free Museums in NYC

American Folk Art Museum

2 Lincoln Square, New York | 2.3 miles from Club Quarters Park Terrace

Visit New York City’s only museum dedicated to self-taught and folk artists, the American Folk Art Museum. Since its 1961 debut, the American Folk Art Museum has collected works that span over 7,000 individual works, spanning four centuries of creativity and artistic ingenuity. Admission to the American Folk Art Museum is free.  

The Museum at FIT

224 West 27th St., New York | 1.1 miles from Club Quarters Park Terrace

The Fashion Institute of Technology houses the Museum at FIT. Showcasing rotating exhibitions that showcase innovative textile art and fashion design, the Museum at FIT invites you to explore the intersections of history, art, and fashion on the streets of New York City and all around the world. 

Visitor and Ancient Pottery at NYC museum

National Museum of the American Indian New York

1 Bowling Green, New York | 5.9 miles from Club Quarters Park Terrace

The National Museum of the American Indian in New York houses one of the most extensive collections of Native American artifacts and art in the world. The Infinity of Nations exhibition features over 700 works of Native art from North, Central, and South America from ceremonial headdresses to water vessels and carved gourds. Other exhibitions change on a rotating basis. 

Museum of the Moving Image

36-01 35th Ave., Astoria | 4.1 miles from Club Quarters Park Terrace

Free admission is offered every Thursday from 2 pm to 6 pm, no reservations required. 

The Museum of the Moving Image provides temporary and permanent exhibitions, film screenings, live conversations with industry professionals, and more. The Museum’s collection houses over 130,000 objects, including newly-released features and award-winning shorts. More than 1,400 artifacts are on display in the Museum’s core exhibition alone! 

Looking for more affordable attractions? Check out the best free things to do in NYC.

Whether you’re visiting for art or history, one thing is certain: you’ll need a soft place to land after you spend your days exploring on foot. Park Terrace Hotel is located nearby some of the best museums in NYC.

Ready to see what New York City’s museums have to offer? Book your stay with Park Terrace Hotel today! 

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