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Art Museum
“One of Kings County’s preeminent cultural institutions, this 560,000-square-foot venue made history as the first American museum to exhibit African objects as artwork. In addition to the more than 4,000 items in the Egyptian holdings, museumgoers can scope pieces by masters such as Cézanne, Monet and Degas, plus an entire center devoted to feminist art. (The venue is the permanent home of Judy Chicago’s massive installation The Dinner Party.)”
  • 1156 locals recommend
Art Museum
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“The Metropolitan Museum of Art, or the Met, as it is commonly known, was founded in 1870, and is one of the most famous museums in the United States. The permanent collection of The Met contains more than two million works of art, spanning a period of 5,000 years. Although the museum has three sites, the centerpiece is The Met Fifth Avenue. Highlights of the collection include American decorative arts, arms and armor, costumes, Egyptian art, musical instruments, photographs, and much more. Exhibitions bring some of the world's most famous works to the public. If you are serious about your visit to the Met, consider a VIP: Empty Met Tour at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and see this incredible museum with just 25 people before it opens to the general public in the morning. The Met Cloisters, located in Fort Tryon Park in northern Manhattan, is another extremely popular New York museum. This branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, housed in an outstanding structure, built around medieval cloisters, chapels, and halls, focuses on the medieval art and architecture of Europe. Address: 1000 5th Avenue, New York, New York”
  • 976 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Founded in 1869, the American Museum of Natural History now has more than 32 million specimens and cultural artifacts in its collection. with 45 permanent exhibit halls including dinosaur fossils, stunning dioramas, and, in the Milstein Family Hall of Ocean Life, a 94-foot-long, 21,000-pound model of a blue whale suspended from the ceiling. This is a gigantic museum and also is attached to the planetarium. Come here with plenty of time to spare.”
  • 584 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Unique architecture, location allows visits to other must see places, interesting art, modern, duration to complete museum is not too long”
  • 372 locals recommend
Art Museum
“One of my favorite museums in New York! Check out the observation decks for a truly picturesque view of Manhattan.”
  • 320 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Liberty Science Center is an interactive science museum and learning center located in Liberty State Park in Jersey City in Hudson County, New Jersey.”
  • 91 locals recommend
Museum
“If you are history buff, this is the place to go, amazing castle looking museum with lots of history to tell.”
  • 378 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“Williamsburg, one of Brooklyn's most popular and exciting neighborhoods, straddles old and new. Yet some things in this hipster-hood remain timeless. You can explore the lively arts, music, and boutique scene here, compose your great American novel on your laptop in numerous cafes, dine in some very good restaurants, and soak up the creative energy and young vibe. A mecca for young creatives since the early aughts, Williamsburg is in the same cosmos as hip East Berlin. Interestingly, the hip Williamsburg scene plays out against a backdrop of old industrial buildings, modest attached homes (though punctuated by increasing numbers of expensive waterfront high-rises), and a long-standing residential community of Hasidim. Williamsburg is a mish-mash of cultures and vistas, a place that's perhaps not as beautiful as, say, the campus of Brooklyn College, nor as uniform as landmarked brownstone Brooklyn. If there's one neighborhood that's indicative of the "new Brooklyn," it's Williamsburg. Because even if you've lived in Brooklyn for 1,000 years, Williamsburg can seem like foreign terrain. 01 of 10 Eat in a Williamsburg Restaurant Williamsburg is one of Brooklyn's foodiest neighborhoods, meaning one can find excellent wine, cheese, meat, and produce. Better yet, the area's popping with excellent eateries, from fine dining to cool, freshly-prepared tacos. Visitors enjoy a wide range of restaurant options—take your pick by cuisine, ambiance, price or location. For instance, the classic Peter Luger Steakhouse is a Michelin-rated one-star restaurant, whereas the classic Marlow & Sons serves rustic, farm-to-table cuisine. (Find some of our favorite Williamsburg eateries here.) And, if you like beer, wine, and cocktails, you can drink your way through this neighborhood, from the well-established Brooklyn Brewery to the classic Hotel Delmano. 02 of 10 Go Bowling brooklyn bowl bowling Brooklyn Bowl is an unusual venue: it's half-bowling alley, half-concert venue, and the food is prepared by one of Brooklyn's leading names in restaurants, Blue Ribbon. Concerts are sometimes sold out, so buy tickets in advance, and don't forget to book a lane in advance if you don't want to wait. For regular bowling, head a few blocks north to The Gutter, another bowling alley with a bar that has vintage overtones. 03 of 10 Drink Good Beer Large tanks of beer in the Brooklyn Brewery For a relaxed experience, visit the Brooklyn Brewery, a local institution that helped reinvent the beer industry in Brooklyn. The borough was once home to many major brewers, but Brooklyn Brewery ushered in a renaissance when it opened in 1988. Now, Williamsburg is home to plenty of destinations for suds, including Skinny Dennis, a honky-tonk dive bar with 18 beers on draft, and Ba'sik, an underrated bar filled with locals. 04 of 10 Visit a Cocktail or Wine Bar Brooklyn bartender Interested in a casual experience that costs less than dinner out, but feels fancier than just having a beer? Head to one of the interesting cocktail bars in the neighborhood and have a nibble at the bar. If wine's your thing, explore some of the neighborhoods small, low-key, tasteful wine bars, like Four Horseman, a sleek, modern spot with an expansive wine list, or the intimate and atmospheric Woodhul Wine Bar. Beer loves flock to the always festive Radegast Hall, whereas Extra Fancy has been a staple of the neighborhood's cocktail scene. Up for bar hopping? Check out notable ​wine bars and beer halls around Brooklyn. Continue to 5 of 10 below. 05 of 10 See a Show Williamsburg's full of creative people who toil at their day jobs but revel in their "real" work as musicians or performers, writers or artists. So it's not surprising that one can find poetry readings (check Pete's Candy Store), music performances (see the Music Hall of Williamsburg or Brooklyn Bowl) and theater (see Brick Theater.) And don't miss the chance to have a delicious brunch, dinner, or midnight meal served to you ​while watching a flick at Nitehawk Cinema. 06 of 10 Shop Vintage, Artisanal, and Take a Stroll on Grand Street If it's vintage clothing you're shopping for, Williamsburg has a lot to offer, and in different price ranges. For a "hunt-and-find" experience, go to the huge, popular Beacon's Closet, where inexpensive basics mingle with designer duds. But there's no shortage of other vintage shopping in the neighborhood, from funky Narnia to Monk Vintage, a shop focused on men. 07 of 10 Hang Out at the Park Williamsburg, unlike some New York City neighborhoods, is home to plenty of green space. McCarren Park is centrally located between Nassau Avenue, Bayard, Leonard, and North 12th Street. It has baseball fields and basketball courts, bocce, playgrounds, running tracks and dog run areas. You can also visit East River State Park for killer Manhattan views. On the weekends, eat outdoors like a king or queen at Smorgasburg, an outdoor food festival held every Saturday from the spring through the fall. There is another Park call it “Dominos” , perfect view about manhattan, some volleyball courts, and more !!! 08 of 10 Take a cooking classes Given the locavore, farm-to-table ethos in this corner of Brooklyn, it's no surprise that one can also find interesting cooking classes. Need to learn how to carve a hock of ham? What to do with knives? How to make a killer pie crust? Take a class at Brooklyn Kitchen. (Afterwards stock your own kitchen with goods from the locally-owned kitchen supply store, Whisk.) Once heavily industrial and populated mostly by Hassidic Jews, first-generation Italians, and Puerto Rican immigrants, Williamsburg became the neighborhood of artists and recent college graduates in the early 1990s. Thanks to their influence, the neighborhood has become one of the most popular in Brooklyn, with excellent restaurants, bars, and shopping. Industrial lofts have been renovated and convert”
  • 228 locals recommend
History Museum
“The Tenement Museum is a great place to learn about the history of our city's roots. You'll be transported back in time to see how early immigrants lived in the tenements on the lower East side. The tours typically last one hour and usually require stair climbing. Not good for children under 6. Check their website for tours and times. Reservations are a must!”
  • 269 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Previously an old school, this was bought by MoMa and turned into a contemporary art museum. Pro tip - if you’re here in the summer check out MoMa PS1 Warm up. It’s a day party every Saturday in the outdoor courtyard featuring different musicians/dj’s, with beer and wine vendors, and you can also stroll in and out of the museum as you please. ”
  • 271 locals recommend
Museum
“This is the place for all things media. It has several exhibits with very intriguing work from movies, to news, to current events!”
  • 220 locals recommend
Art Museum
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“Free, 1st Saturday of every month, 10 AM - 12 PM. Free, under age of 18. Pay as you wish, Thursdays 7 PM - 9 PM.”
  • 203 locals recommend
History Museum
“Huge retired Navy carrier docked right here in our ports! there is a fee to come in but military is free. if you Into war games and aviation, this is the museum for you”
  • 134 locals recommend
Library
“Love the Grand Army Plaza, its definitely grand! So much to see and do in this area and The Brooklyn Public Library is beautiful and massive.”
  • 176 locals recommend
Museum
“Our kids love this place! Check the calendar - on Thursday’s 2-6 and Sunday 4-7 is “pay as you wish” to attend! ”
  • 194 locals recommend