New York City: Museums

There are so many museums to visit in New York! I wish we would have had time to see them all. Sadly we didn’t, so we picked two! We went to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the 9/11 Memorial Museum. Both were incredible!

Lots of the museums in New York (and many other cities) offer student discounts, so if you have a student ID, make sure to bring it with you to save some $$!

The MoMA:

I was so excited to visit this museum. My favorite painting of all time (Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh) is in this museum, and I was so excited to finally see it in person! And the rest of the museum was also really cool!

I haven’t been to many modern art museums, so it felt like something new! There were some incredible pieces and exhibits. Some of the exhibits were “hands-on,” so you could even touch the art.

One exhibit that I loved is titled The Mapping Journey Project by Bouchra Khalili. All around the room are giant screens, and each screen has different videos playing. Each video focuses on a different subject who has travelled through the Mediterranean basin. On the screen you see each subject mapping out their journey on a map while narrating their story. It’s a fascinating exhibit.


They also have Monet and Picasso! What more can you ask for, really?

And I can’t neglect to point out the amazing views and the courtyard! Basically it was all just magical!

9/11 Memorial and Museum:

Originally we were only planning to visit the memorial, but we had some extra time and decided to do both. I am so glad we did.

9/11 Memorial--Manhattan--New York City

I have heard that the lines to get tickets for the museum can be really long at times, so you might want to consider purchasing tickets online. We were there on a Saturday evening, and the line was super short.

Honestly, there are no words to describe this museum. The main exhibit (located in the area that used to be the North Tower) takes you through a timeline of 9/11/2001. The exhibit has three main sections, the first focusing on the day of 9/11, the second about events that happened prior to the attack, and lastly, the events after 9/11.

Another really cool area of the museum is the memorial exhibit. This exhibit is located in the area that was originally the South Tower. The main area of the exhibit is a room lined with photos of all of the victims. They also have smart tables in the room, where you can learn more about the victims from the 9/11. We looked up a few of the people whose names we saw on the memorial fountains. It was a very touching experience.

I loved how they incorporated elements from the Twin Towers that were recovered from the rubble in the museum.


There were many other museums we wanted to visit, but we simply didn’t have enough time. We did wander to the Met and the Guggenheim, but we just got photos outside!

So, what are your favorite museums in New York?



Written by Kaycie Jordan.

*All photos in this blog article are taken by and property of Kaycie Jordan.


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