History Museums in New York City (NYC)
What is a museum?
A museum is a building or institution which houses, studies, or displays objects of lasting historic, scientific, or artistic nature.
History is the branch of knowledge that records, in chronological order, the events and experiences of a period in time, the life of a people, or a place.
New York City (NYC) has many museums from which to choose. When visiting this great city, some of the history-related museums are a "must-see."
Among the best history-related museums are the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum; the Statue of Liberty National Monument, featuring the Ellis Island Immigration Museum; and the National September 11 Memorial and Museum.
West 46th Street at 12th Avenue
New York, NY 10036
Information regarding the museum's open hours and its admission fees is continually changing. For up-to-date information, please call the museum prior to your planned visit.
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
The USS Intrepid (CV -11) is an aircraft carrier built for the US Navy during World War II. The ship was decommissioned after the war and was later recommissioned as an attack carrier (CVA), and then as an antisubmarine carrier (CVS). Among the Intrepid’s achievements was being the recovery ship for both a Mercury and a Gemini space mission. The Intrepid was decommissioned once again in 1982 and became the foundation for the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City.
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, which opened in 1982, is one of the leading historic, cultural, and educational institutions in the country. It’s also a fun place to visit.
Explore the inside of the USS Growler (SSG-577), an early cruise missile submarine. Visit the Virtual Flight Zone — interactive exhibits on the ship’s Hangar Deck. Ride in an A-6 Cockpit Simulator.
The museum has hosted the annual NYC Fleet Week celebration since its inception in 1984. This event honors all US Navy and Marine Corps personnel.
The Space Shuttle Enterprise, the original NASA orbiter that paved the way for the United States space shuttle program, will arrive in New York City on April 23, 2012. It will be a featured exhibit at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum complex.
The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World, a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States, was dedicated on October 28, 1886, and was designated as a National Monument in 1924. The monument is located on Liberty Island in New York Harbor.
In 1982, President Ronald Reagan asked Lee Iacocca, then Chairman of Chrysler Corporation, to head a private sector effort to raise funds for the restoration and preservation of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Through Iacocca's efforts, the American people contributed more than $600 million to restoring, repairing, and maintaining the monuments. No government funds were used in this project.
The restored Statue of Liberty opened to the public during the Fourth of July weekend in 1986. Among other repairs, Lady Liberty’s torch was replaced, and the rays (points) in her crown were strengthened.
Ellis Island, a 27.5 acre island in New York Harbor that is less than one mile from Liberty Island, was the chief immigration gateway to the United States from 1892 to 1943. It officially closed its doors in 1954. The largest historical restoration project in the history of the United States, Ellis Island and its Ellis Island Immigration Museum opened to the public in September 1990.
The Ellis Island Immigration Museum is part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument.
The American Family Immigration History Center® at Ellis Island provides visitors with computer technology, printed materials, and professional assistance for their genealogical and family history research.
Statue Cruises provides transportation from Battery Park in New York and Liberty State Park in New Jersey from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, with extended hours in the summer. Call 201-604-2800 for ticket rates and schedule information.
Getting to Liberty Island and Ellis Island
Although admission to both Liberty Island and Ellis Island is free, visitors are required to purchase a ticket for ferry transportation to both locations.
National September 11 Memorial & Museum
The image to the right is an aerial rendering of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.
The square pools with waterfalls cascading down the sides are the National September 11 Memorial (9/11 Memorial). The building between them is the National September 11 Memorial Museum (9/11 Museum).
Advance visitor passes to the 9/11 Memorial are mandatory. Visitors must reserve passes for a specific date and time. The visitor passes, which are free, and available through the memorial's online reservation system.
National September 11 Memorial (9/11 Memorial)
The National September 11 Memorial (9/11 Memorial) was dedicated on September 11, 2011, the 10th anniversary of the attack. It was opened to the public on September 12, 2011.
The memorial consists of two massive square pools set within the footprints of the Twin Towers with the largest manmade waterfalls in the country cascading down their sides.
National September 11 Memorial Museum (9/11 Museum)
The National September 11 Memorial Museum will serve as the country’s principal institution for examining the implications of the events of 9/11, documenting the impact of those events, and exploring the continuing significance of September 11, 2001.
The museum’s 110,000 square feet of exhibition space will be located within the archaeological heart of the World Trade Center site — telling the story of 9/11 through multimedia displays, archives, narratives, and a collection of authentic artifacts. The lives of every victim of the September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993 attacks will be commemorated, giving visitors the opportunity to learn about the men, women, and children who died.
As of late October 2012, the museum has not had its official opening.