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 NameBoroughTypeOpen as of 4/2021EdificationEntertainmentGo?AAM Continuum of Excellence
9/11 Tribute MuseumManhattanHistoryX323
African Burial Ground National MonumentManhattanHistory314
Abrons Arts CenterManhattanArt322
A.I.R. GalleryBrooklynArtX222
Alice Austen HouseStaten IslandHistoric house344X
American Folk Art MuseumManhattanArtX222X
Americas SocietyManhattanArtX323
Aperture FoundationManhattanMedia232
Asia Society MuseumManhattanArtX222X
Austrian Cultural Forum GalleryManhattanCultureX333
Bard Graduate Center GalleryManhattanArt333X
Bartow-Pell Mansion MuseumBronxHistoric houseX232X
Bayside Historical SocietyQueensHistory232X
Bernard Museum of Judaica at Temple Emanu-ElManhattanJewish333
BLDG 92 at Brooklyn Navy YardBrooklynMultiple434
Bowne HouseQueensHistoric house332X
BRIC HouseBrooklynArtX233
Valentine-Varian House / Museum of Bronx HistoryBronxHistoric house222X
Bronx Museum of the ArtsBronxArtX434X
Bronx River Art CenterBronxArt232
Brooklyn Botanic GardenBrooklynBotanic gardenX223
Brooklyn Historical SocietyBrooklynHistory333
Brooklyn MuseumBrooklynArtX354X
Rose Museum at Carnegie HallManhattanMusic232
Castle Clinton National MonumentManhattanHistoryX222
Center for ArchitectureManhattanArt222
Center for Book ArtsManhattanArtX233X
Center for Jewish History/ Yeshiva University MuseumManhattanEthnic - Jewish434
China InstituteManhattanArt333
City Island Nautical MuseumBronxHistory322
City ReliquaryBrooklynHistoryX343
Clemente CenterManhattanCultureX222
Children's Museum of the ArtsManhattanChildren's343X
Children's Museum of ManhattanManhattanChildren'sX222
Columbia University Rare Book & Manuscript LibraryManhattanLibrary333
Coney Island MuseumBrooklynAmusement334
Conference HouseStaten IslandHistoric house132X
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design MuseumManhattanDesign444
Czech Center New YorkManhattanCultureX233
DareDevil Tattoo MuseumManhattanCultureX333
Derfner Judaica MuseumBronxEthnic - JewishX333X
Dia: ChelseaManhattanArt334
Dorsky GalleryQueensArt333X
Drawing CenterManhattanArtX333
Dyckman FarmhouseManhattanHistoric houseX323X
El Museo del BarrioManhattanArtX222X
Museum at Eldridge StreetManhattanCulture - Jewish434
Ellis Island National Immigration MuseumManhattanHistoryX545X
Enrico Caruso Museum of AmericaBrooklynHistoryX333
FDNY Fire ZoneManhattanFirefightingX221
Federal Hall National MemorialManhattanHistory434
Federal Reserve Bank of New York MuseumManhattanFinance / History354
New York City Fire MuseumManhattanHistoryX434X
Fordham Museum of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman ArtBronxArtX323
Fort Totten Visitor’s Center & Water BatteryQueensMilitaryX122
Fort WadsworthStaten IslandMilitaryX334
Fraunces Tavern MuseumManhattanHistoryX334X
Museum of the American GangsterManhattanHistory242
Garibaldi-Meucci MuseumStaten IslandEthnic322
General Grant National MemorialManhattanHistory435
Godwin-Ternbach MuseumQueensArt333X
Governors Island National MonumentManhattanHistoryX323
Gracie MansionManhattanHistoric house334X
Green-Wood CemeteryBrooklynHistoryX444
Grey Art GalleryManhattanArt233
Renee & Chaim Gross FoundationManhattanArt444
Ground Zero Museum WorkshopManhattanHistoryX111
Guggenheim MuseumManhattanArtX332X
Hall of Fame for Great AmericansBronxHall of fame535
New York Hall of ScienceQueensScience343
Hamilton Grange National MemorialManhattanHistoric house435
Harbor Defense MuseumBrooklynMilitary434X
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion MuseumManhattanEthnic - Jewish332
Historic Richmond TownStaten IslandHistoricX343X
Hostos Center for the Arts and CultureBronxArt323
Hunter College Art GalleriesManhattanArt
X332X
International Center of PhotographyManhattanArt - PhotographyX333X
International Print CenterManhattanArtX233
Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space MuseumManhattanScienceX445
Isamu Noguchi MuseumQueensArt445X
Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan ArtStaten IslandCultureX232X
Jamaica Center for Arts & LearningQueensArtX222
Japan Society GalleryManhattanCultureX333
National Jazz Museum in HarlemManhattanMusic221
Jewish MuseumManhattanEthnic - JewishX333X
Judd FoundationManhattanArt443X
Kehila Kedosha Janina MuseumManhattanCultureX322
King Manor MuseumQueensHistoric houseX333X
Kingsland Homestead / Queens Historical SocietyQueensHistoric houseX222X
Korea Society GalleryManhattanArt111
Korean Cultural Center GalleryManhattanArtX323
Lefferts Historic HouseBrooklynHistoric house232X
Lehman College Art GalleryBronxArt433
Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian ArtManhattanArtX343
Lewis Latimer HouseQueensHistoric house434X
The Living MuseumQueensArt345
Louis Armstrong House MuseumQueensHistoric house344
Museum of Arts and DesignManhattanArtX444X
Madame TussaudsManhattanWax museumX252
Maritime Industry MuseumBronxMaritime453
Museum of the City of New YorkManhattanHistoryX545X
Merchant’s House MuseumManhattanHistoric houseX344X
Frick MadisonManhattanArtX555X
MmuseummManhattanCultureX343
Museum of Chinese in AmericaManhattanCulture - Chinese American434X
Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan ArtsBrooklynCulture232
Museum of Food and DrinkBrooklynCulture333X
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)ManhattanArtX555X
MoMA PS1QueensArtX344X
Museum of MathematicsManhattanScience443
The Morgan Library & MuseumManhattanArtX545X
Morris-Jumel MansionManhattanHistoric house333X
Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space (MoRUS)ManhattanHistoryX231
Mossman Lock CollectionManhattanTechnologyX433
Mount Vernon HotelManhattanHistoric house333X
Museum of the Moving ImageQueensMedia454X
Museum at FITManhattanTextile433X
Museum of American IllustrationManhattanArtX444
Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the HolocaustManhattanCulture - JewishX524
Museum of SexManhattanSexX142
American Kennel Club Museum of the DogManhattanCultureX332
National Lighthouse MuseumStaten IslandHistoryX323X
National September 11 Memorial & MuseumManhattanHistoryX413X
National Track and Field Hall of FameManhattanSports433
American Museum of Natural HistoryManhattanNatural historyX545X
Neue GalerieManhattanArt444
New MuseumManhattanArtX343X
New York Botanical GardenBronxBotanical gardenX344X
New York Earth RoomManhattanArtX225
New-York Historical SocietyManhattanHistoryX454X
New York School of Interior Design GalleryManhattanArt122
New York Transit MuseumBrooklynTransportation344X
Newhouse Center of Contemporary ArtStaten IslandArt212
Noble Maritime CollectionStaten IslandMaritimeX445X
American Numismatic Society GalleryManhattanNumismatic322
New York Public Library (Stephen A. Schwarzman Building)ManhattanMultiple554
New York Public Library for the Performing ArtsManhattanArt344
Old Stone HouseBrooklynHistoric houseX232X
Onassis Cultural CenterManhattanArt334
Park Avenue ArmoryManhattanArt334
Parsons – The New School GalleryManhattanArt433
Edgar Allan Poe CottageBronxHistoric house233X
New York City Police MuseumManhattanHistory322X
Poster HouseManhattanArtX444X
Pratt Manhattan GalleryManhattanArt233
Queens Botanical GardenQueensBotanical GardenX232X
Queens College Art CenterQueensArt231
Queens County Farm MuseumQueensFarmX233X
Queens MuseumQueensArtX344
Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof FoundationManhattanArtX322
Roosevelt HouseManhattanHistoric House333
Rubin Museum of ArtManhattanArtX535
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureManhattanAfrican American344
SculptureCenterQueensArtX333X
South Street Seaport MuseumManhattanMaritime232X
Shirley Fiterman Art CenterManhattanArt233
Skyscraper MuseumManhattanArchitecture423
National Museum of the American Indian Heye CenterManhattanNative American433X
Socrates Sculpture ParkQueensArtX333
Cathedral Church of St. John the DivineManhattanCultureX545
Staten Island Children’s MuseumStaten IslandChildren'sX343X
Staten Island MuseumStaten IslandMultipleX333X
Statue of LibertyManhattanHistoryX344
Studio Museum in HarlemManhattanArt433X
Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and StorytellingManhattanChildren's343X
Swiss Institute Contemporary Art New YorkManhattanArtX121
Lower East Side Tenement MuseumManhattanHistoric house454
The CloistersManhattanArtX555X
The Frick CollectionManhattanArt555X
The Grolier ClubManhattanLiteraryX443
Nicholas Roerich MuseumManhattanArtX333
Ukrainian MuseumManhattanEthnic - Ukrainian-American212
Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic SiteManhattanHistoric house234
Tibet House GalleryManhattanArt122
Transit Museum at Grand Central TerminalManhattanTransportation323
Trinity ChurchManhattanHistory334
Ukrainian Institute of AmericaManhattanArtX344
United Nations HeadquartersManhattanHistoric building544
Van Cortlandt House MuseumBronxHistoric houseX343X
Vander Ende-Onderdonk HouseQueensHistoric houseX232
Voelker Orth Museum, Bird Sanctuary, and Victorian GardenQueensHistoric houseX332
Williamsburg Art & Historical CenterBrooklynArtX232
Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia UniversityManhattanArt323
Waterfront MuseumBrooklynMaritimeX232
Wave HillBronxBotanical garden, art, historic houseX555
Weeksville Heritage CenterBrooklynHistory323
Westbeth GalleryManhattanArt334X
White ColumnsManhattanArtX232
Whitney Museum of American ArtManhattanArtX455X
Woodlawn CemeteryBronxHistoryX445
Wyckoff House MuseumBrooklynHistoric house335X
Amud Aish Memorial Museum (KHEC)BrooklynHistoryXX
Brooklyn Children's MuseumBrooklynChildren'sXX
Jewish Children's MuseumBrooklynChildren'sX
Metropolitan Museum of ArtManhattanArtXX

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.