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3 Great Museums in New York City

Today is International Museum Day!

When you study ESL in NYC at Pace University’s English Language Institute, you have the advantage of being able to visit some of the world’s best museums. Sometimes these may be an excursion as part of your class, or part of our regular student activities calendar. You can also visit yourself in your free time.

Three great museums in New York City are:

#1 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Usually just called The Met, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the most famous (and best) museums in the world. It has actually has three locations. You can spend days visiting the Met and never get bored.

The Met NYCThe Met Fifth Avenue
Did you know you can walk inside a complete Egyptian temple here? Or visit a Chinese garden? Or admire the patio of a Spanish castle? Or enjoy fantastic views of Central Park from the rooftop terrace in summer? Or see the annual exhibitions that inspire the fashions of the Met Gala? You can do all this and more at The Met. (closed Mondays)

The Met Breuer
This is on Madison Avenue at 75th Street, and houses The Met’s modern collection. The building was formerly occupied by the Whitney Museum of American Art, and is designed by Marcel Breuer. (closed Mondays)

Museums in New York City-cloisters-MetThe Met Cloisters
This is dedicated to the art, architecture, and gardens of medieval Europe and is located on four acres overlooking the Hudson River in northern Manhattan's Fort Tryon Park. The building is designed to evoke the architecture of the later Middle Ages and is a very peaceful place to spend an afternoon. (Open seven days a week)

There are five must-see experiential spaces in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


#2 The Museum of Modern Art

Usually just called MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art is dedicated to – well – modern art. Here you can see famous pieces of art by Monet, Matisse, Picasso, van Gogh, Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock and more.

Admission to The Museum of Modern Art is free every Friday evening, 4:00–8:00 pm. (Open seven days a week)


#3 The American Museum of Natural History

Museums in New York City-museum of natural historyThe American Museum of Natural History has featured in many movies, including “Night at the Museum”. Must-see things to see include:

  • The iconic Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton.
  • The Rose Center for Earth and Space. This is a large glass cube that encloses the Big Bang Theater and Hayden Planetarium in a huge sphere. Watch the four-minute Big Bang presentation, walk along the Cosmic Pathway, and explore our planet from a completely different perspective.
  • The Star of India. At 563 carats, this is the world’s largest gem-quality blue star sapphire.
  • The Hall of Ocean Life. Relax under the 94 feet long fiberglass replica of a female blue whale.

At this museum, you pay-what-you-wish - the amount you pay is up to you! (Available only at ticket counters). (Open seven days a week)


The best ways to see these museums is to live for a while in New York City. Find out how: visit the ELI website, contact the ELI or apply here.