New York City's museums are some of the most famous, and largest, in the entire world. It's almost hard to believe that anything else could fit into this city but it has managed to procure some of the most tremendous exhibits of any ever see, all open for the public to see for themselves. From ancient art and artifacts to museums devoted to the history of the city itself, there's no shortage of rainy days that can be spent here.

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Whether you're a newcomer to New York or are just in the market for some new museums to walk around, there are some that should be on everyone's list. A museum offers a valuable wealth of information for anyone who's willing to walk through one, and there's no better place to do so.

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

MoMA is one of the most popular museums in New York City and for good reason. It's home to one of the most extensive collections of historic artwork in the country and, at any one time, there could be up to 150,000 pieces of artwork on display for the world to appreciate and enjoy.

This, alone, makes it one of the most humbling experiences for those who are fans of artwork, but old and new, with beloved pieces such as Van Gogh's 'Starry Night' and Salvador Dali's 'The Persistence of Memory' always on display.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Not to be confused with MoMA, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest art museum in the entire world. Considering MoMA holds 150,000 pieces of artwork and visitors could potentially walk around the museum for days, the Metropolitan Museum of Art's more than two million pieces of artwork seem almost incomprehensible.

Sculptures, paintings, and various historical artifacts line the exhibits throughout its halls, making for a truly humbling experience. The fact that the museum is in Central Park just makes for an even more magical experience, and various exhibits throughout the year reflect different time periods, so there's always something new to observe.

American Museum of Natural History

For history buffs, the American Museum of Natural History should be first up on the list. It's filled with interactive exhibits and dioramas that detail the history of various species, including humans, as far back as 3.5 billion years.

Additionally, the exhibits feature unique biomes that educate visitors on specific environments and how they've changed over the course of time. It's a truly unreal experience that makes one appreciate how far we've come, and how far we still have to go.

Ellis Island Immigration Museum

Ellis Island was an active entry point in the U.S. from the years 1892 to 1954 and, during that time, more than 12 million people were admitted into America from other countries, according to Touropia.

While it was symbolic of a new start, it was also a place of tragedy and heartbreak for some who were denied entry; this could happen on a basis of anything from disease to incorrect paperwork. Those who visit the Ellis Island Immigration Museum will begin to truly understand how New York City became such a diverse melting pot.

Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum

The USS Intrepid serves as the core of this museum which is situated on the Hudson River and has been out of commission since 1974. Visitors will get a grand tour of this Navy ship as well as the submarine that sits beside it, the USS Growler (temporarily closed at the time of writing).

It's a walk back through time as guests learn the military history of both the ship and the aircraft that line its upper deck. Interactive exhibits give visitors a first-person account of what it would have been like to pilot a ship or get stationed on a ship for the long-term, with educational dioramas that dive even more in-depth.

Tenement Museum

For those planning on visiting the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, the Tenement Museum should also be on the list. This museum details the history of immigrants who lived and worked in New York City between the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as how their lives and work built the city into what it is today.

The museum is located in a former tenement building and gives a real-life impression of what life would have been like for those living there, thanks to the actors who also portray the immigrants who may have called the building home.

Brooklyn Museum

Traveling a bit outside of Manhattan is worth it to experience all that the Brooklyn Museum has to offer its visitors. The exhibits, artifacts, and artwork on display are always changing and rotating here, which makes every visit new and exciting.

It's a truly wondrous thing to go from a recreation of an Egyptian pyramid, complete with historical artifacts, to moving through a modern-day art piece that spans the length of an entire room. The Brooklyn Museum showcases both, and so, so much more.

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