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Lower Manhattan Museum Guide

Apr 8, 2021

One of the most fantastic things about life at Gateway is being right in the heart of a city filled with absolutely amazing museums and cultural landmarks. Perfect for a weekend excursion or a mid-week activity, NYC museums offer a rich escape and stimulating opportunities for learning. So next time you’re looking for a great way to spend an afternoon, check out these 5 great museums near Gateway for a fulfilling and eye-opening experience!

The International Center of Photography

The International Center of Photography is the preeminent institution for promoting and exploring works of photography and visual culture. A visit to ICP reveals photography as a contemporary art form capable of communicating impactful messages. Current exhibitions include But Still, It Turns, a collection of “recent photography from the world,” open until May 9th. Find more information and reserve your timed ticket here.


9/11 Memorial & Museum

Located at the World Trade Center here in Lower Manhattan, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum is dedicated to preserving and honoring the memory of those lost in the September 11th attacks through a collection of monumental and authentic artifacts. The museum provides a deeply moving tribute centered around stories of “loss, recovery, and hope.” To learn more and to plan your visit, find more information here.


South Street Seaport Museum

The South Street Seaport Museum provides a fascinating look at NYC’s importance as a port city, with current exhibitions offering a look at 19th-century seaport activity and a permanent collection of art, artifacts, historic records, and more. And the Seaport needs our help! With the pandemic dealing a significant blow to cultural institutions across the country, the Seaport Museum is seeking support to help save the museum as the city comes back to full strength. Find more information on how to help, and plan your visit, here.


The Museum of Jewish Heritage 

The Museum of Jewish Heritage is located steps away from Gateway right here in Battery Park. Constructed as a “living memorial to the Holocaust,” the museum also functions as an educational institution of “memory, hope, and resilience.” Their current exhibition Auschwitz: Not Long Ago. Not Far Away. aims to convey our proximity to the very recent horrors of Nazi Germany. The important exhibit runs through May 2nd, and tickets can be found here.


Whitney Museum of American Art

Head to the Whitney for an impressive collection of 20th- and 21st-century American art. With a permanent collection of more than 25,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, films, and more, the Whitney offers a lot of ground to cover in an afternoon. Current exhibitions include the abstract paintings of artist Julie Mehretu. Find information on tickets and more here.


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