The Museum Project: All the Museums in New York Database

Here is my comprehensive list of all museums in New York City, in searchable, sortable database form.  Links will take you to my review (assuming I’ve completed it).

Museum NameBoroughTypeEdificationEntertainmentGo?AAM Continuum of Excellence
New York Transit MuseumBrooklynTransportation344X
Museum at FITManhattanTextile433X
American Museum of Natural HistoryManhattanNatural history545X
National Museum of the American Indian Heye CenterManhattanNative American433X
Staten Island MuseumStaten IslandMultiple333X
Harbor Defense MuseumBrooklynMilitary434X
Museum of the Moving ImageQueensMedia454X
Noble Maritime CollectionStaten IslandMaritime445X
South Street Seaport MuseumManhattanMaritime232X
Bayside Historical SocietyQueensHistory232X
Brooklyn Historical SocietyBrooklynHistory333
New York City Fire MuseumManhattanHistory434X
Fraunces Tavern MuseumManhattanHistory334X
Museum of the City of New YorkManhattanHistory545X
National Lighthouse MuseumStaten IslandHistory323X
National September 11 Memorial & MuseumManhattanHistory413X
New-York Historical SocietyManhattanHistory454X
New York City Police MuseumManhattanHistory322X
Amud Aish Memorial Museum (KHEC)BrooklynHistoryX
Ellis Island National Immigration MuseumManhattanHistory545X
Alice Austen HouseStaten IslandHistoric house344X
Bartow-Pell Mansion MuseumBronxHistoric house232X
Bowne HouseQueensHistoric house332X
Valentine-Varian House / Museum of Bronx HistoryBronxHistoric house222X
Dyckman FarmhouseManhattanHistoric house323X
Gracie MansionManhattanHistoric house334X
King Manor MuseumQueensHistoric house333X
Kingsland Homestead / Queens Historical SocietyQueensHistoric house222X
Lefferts Historic HouseBrooklynHistoric house232X
Lewis Latimer HouseQueensHistoric house434X
Merchant’s House MuseumManhattanHistoric house344X
Morris-Jumel MansionManhattanHistoric house333X
Mount Vernon HotelManhattanHistoric house333X
Old Stone HouseBrooklynHistoric house232X
Edgar Allan Poe CottageBronxHistoric house233X
Van Cortlandt House MuseumBronxHistoric house343X
Wyckoff House MuseumBrooklynHistoric house335X
Conference HouseStaten IslandHistoric house132X
Historic Richmond TownStaten IslandHistoric343X
Queens County Farm MuseumQueensFarm233X
Derfner Judaica MuseumBronxEthnic - Jewish333X
Jewish MuseumManhattanEthnic - Jewish333X
Museum of Chinese in AmericaManhattanCulture - Chinese American434X
Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan ArtStaten IslandCulture232X
Museum of Food and DrinkBrooklynCulture333X
Children's Museum of the ArtsManhattanChildren's343X
Brooklyn Children's MuseumBrooklynChildren'sX
Staten Island Children’s MuseumStaten IslandChildren's343X
Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and StorytellingManhattanChildren'sX
New York Botanical GardenBronxBotanical garden344X
Queens Botanical GardenQueensBotanical Garden232X
International Center of PhotographyManhattanArt - Photography333X
American Folk Art MuseumManhattanArt222X
Asia Society MuseumManhattanArt222X
Bard Graduate Center GalleryManhattanArt333X
Bronx Museum of the ArtsBronxArt434X
El Museo del BarrioManhattanArt222X
Godwin-Ternbach MuseumQueensArt333X
Guggenheim MuseumManhattanArt332X
Isamu Noguchi MuseumQueensArt445X
Judd FoundationManhattanArt443X
Museum of Arts and DesignManhattanArt444X
Met BreuerManhattanArt443X
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)ManhattanArt555X
MoMA PS1QueensArt344X
The Morgan Library & MuseumManhattanArt545X
New MuseumManhattanArt343X
SculptureCenterQueensArt333X
Studio Museum in HarlemManhattanArt433X
The CloistersManhattanArt555X
The Frick CollectionManhattanArt555X
Whitney Museum of American ArtManhattanArt455X
Center for Book ArtsManhattanArt233X
Dorsky GalleryQueensArt333X
Hunter College Art GalleriesManhattanArt
332X
Metropolitan Museum of ArtManhattanArtX
Westbeth GalleryManhattanArt334X
Madame TussaudsManhattanWax museum252
Transit Museum at Grand Central TerminalManhattanTransportation323
Mossman Lock CollectionManhattanTechnology433
National Track and Field Hall of FameManhattanSports433
Museum of SexManhattanSex142
New York Hall of ScienceQueensScience343
Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space MuseumManhattanScience445
Museum of MathematicsManhattanScience443
American Numismatic Society GalleryManhattanNumismatic322
Rose Museum at Carnegie HallManhattanMusic232
National Jazz Museum in HarlemManhattanMusic221
BLDG 92 at Brooklyn Navy YardBrooklynMultiple434
New York Public Library (Stephen A. Schwarzman Building)ManhattanMultiple554
Fort Totten Visitor’s Center & Water BatteryQueensMilitary122
Fort WadsworthStaten IslandMilitary334
Aperture FoundationManhattanMedia232
Maritime Industry MuseumBronxMaritime453
Waterfront MuseumBrooklynMaritime232
The Grolier ClubManhattanLiterary443
Columbia University Rare Book & Manuscript LibraryManhattanLibrary333
Bernard Museum of Judaica at Temple Emanu-ElManhattanJewish333
Museum of American FinanceManhattanIndustry - Finance342
9/11 Tribute MuseumManhattanHistory323
African Burial Ground National MonumentManhattanHistory314
Castle Clinton National MonumentManhattanHistory222
City Island Nautical MuseumBronxHistory322
City ReliquaryBrooklynHistory343
Federal Hall National MemorialManhattanHistory434
General Grant National MemorialManhattanHistory435
Governors Island National MonumentManhattanHistory323
Green-Wood CemeteryBrooklynHistory444
Ground Zero Museum WorkshopManhattanHistory111
Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space (MoRUS)ManhattanHistory231
Trinity ChurchManhattanHistory334
Weeksville Heritage CenterBrooklynHistory323
Woodlawn CemeteryBronxHistory445
Enrico Caruso Museum of AmericaBrooklynHistory333
Statue of LibertyManhattanHistory344
Hamilton Grange National MemorialManhattanHistoric house435
Louis Armstrong House MuseumQueensHistoric house344
Lower East Side Tenement MuseumManhattanHistoric house454
Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic SiteManhattanHistoric house234
Vander Ende-Onderdonk HouseQueensHistoric house232
Voelker Orth Museum, Bird Sanctuary, and Victorian GardenQueensHistoric house332
Roosevelt HouseManhattanHistoric House333
United Nations HeadquartersManhattanHistoric building544
Hall of Fame for Great AmericansBronxHall of fame535
FDNY Fire ZoneManhattanFirefighting221
Ukrainian MuseumManhattanEthnic - Ukrainian-American212
Center for Jewish History/ Yeshiva University MuseumManhattanEthnic - Jewish434
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion MuseumManhattanEthnic - Jewish332
Garibaldi-Meucci MuseumStaten IslandEthnic322
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design MuseumManhattanDesign444
Museum at Eldridge StreetManhattanCulture - Jewish434
Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the HolocaustManhattanCulture - Jewish524
Austrian Cultural Forum GalleryManhattanCulture333
Czech Center New YorkManhattanCulture233
DareDevil Tattoo MuseumManhattanCulture333
Japan Society GalleryManhattanCulture333
Cathedral Church of St. John the DivineManhattanCulture545
Clemente CenterManhattanCulture222
Kehila Kedosha Janina MuseumManhattanCulture322
Children's Museum of ManhattanManhattanChildren's
Jewish Children's MuseumBrooklynChildren's
Wave HillBronxBotanical garden, art, historic house555
Brooklyn Botanic GardenBrooklynBotanic garden223
Abrons Arts CenterManhattanArt322
A.I.R. GalleryBrooklynArt222
Americas SocietyManhattanArt323
Art in GeneralBrooklynArt132
BRIC HouseBrooklynArt233
Brooklyn MuseumBrooklynArt354X
Center for ArchitectureManhattanArt222
China InstituteManhattanArt333
Dia: ChelseaManhattanArt334
Drawing CenterManhattanArt333
Fordham Museum of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman ArtBronxArt323
Grey Art GalleryManhattanArt233
Hostos Center for the Arts and CultureBronxArt323
International Print CenterManhattanArt233
Korea Society GalleryManhattanArt111
Korean Cultural Center GalleryManhattanArt323
Lehman College Art GalleryBronxArt433
Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian ArtManhattanArt343
The Living MuseumQueensArt345
Museum of American IllustrationManhattanArt444
Neue GalerieManhattanArt444
New York Earth RoomManhattanArt225
New York School of Interior Design GalleryManhattanArt122
Newhouse Center of Contemporary ArtStaten IslandArt212
New York Public Library for the Performing ArtsManhattanArt344
Onassis Cultural CenterManhattanArt334
Park Avenue ArmoryManhattanArt334
Parsons – The New School GalleryManhattanArt433
Pratt Manhattan GalleryManhattanArt233
Queens College Art CenterQueensArt231
Queens MuseumQueensArt344
Rubin Museum of ArtManhattanArt535
Shirley Fiterman Art CenterManhattanArt233
Socrates Sculpture ParkQueensArt333
Swiss Institute Contemporary Art New YorkManhattanArt121
Nicholas Roerich MuseumManhattanArt333
Tibet House GalleryManhattanArt122
Ukrainian Institute of AmericaManhattanArt344
Williamsburg Art & Historical CenterBrooklynArt232
Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia UniversityManhattanArt323
White ColumnsManhattanArt232
Renee & Chaim Gross FoundationManhattanArt444
Jamaica Center for Arts & LearningQueensArt222
Skyscraper MuseumManhattanArchitecture423
Coney Island MuseumBrooklynAmusement334
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureManhattanAfrican American344
Bronx River Art CenterBronxArt232
Federal Reserve Bank of New York MuseumManhattanFinance / History354

Some notes:

  • At the outset of the museum project, I defined “museum” broadly. This database includes historic homes, botanic gardens, two historic (and beautiful) cemeteries, and a few selected nonprofit or not-for-profit art galleries.
  • If a place lacks a link, that means I haven’t reviewed it yet — or else I’m behind on updating this table.  Most likely the former though.
  • If I had an unpaid intern, I would add links to each museum’s website on this table.  As it is, that won’t happen anytime soon.
  • While you can’t sort sequentially by multiple columns, you can sort the results of a search.  For example, to see my favorite museums in Queens, you could search on “queens” and then sort descending by the “should you go” rating.