Formerly the USS Intrepid, this 900-ft aircraft carrier is serving out its retirement as the centerpiece of Manhattan's only floating museum, completed with vintage preplans and supersonic jet aircrafts.
The museum of natural history is surely one of the world's largest and most important museums of natural history. The museum is especially proud of spectacular dinosaur halls and the Hayden Planetarium.
Musicians all over the world have dreamed of playing and conducting in Carnegie Hall ever since 1891, when none other than Tchaikovsky - direct from Russia - came to conduct his own work on opening night.
One of the largest art museums in the world, the Met is one of the city's supreme cultural institutions. Its permanent collection of nearly 3 million works of art from all over the world includes objects from the Paleolithic era to modern times.
One of the best ways to start any visit to New York is a visit to this museum, set in the historic Tweed Courthouse in Lower Manhattan. The history of New York is presented here from the Dutch settlers of Amsterdam to the present days.
Opened in 1959, the Guggenheim (which is shaped somewhat like an upside-down cone) is visited as much for its famous Modernist architecture as for its art exhibitions and rich collections of modern art.