Jessica Mousseau is a copywriter & copy editor from the United States. Her work can be viewed at: www.jessicamousseau.com.
Published April 23rd 2011
New York has so many museums that it's just about impossible to see them all. And, if you have a special interest, you may be afraid that you'll miss the one that has what you really want to see.
Here are five unique museums in New York City. One of these should catch your interest.
American Indian Museum
It's hard to remember that New York was once home to Native Americans/First Nations people. The American Indian Museum will remind you of that, as well as introduce you to artifacts from tribes ranging from Canada to the Caribbean. This museum is actually part of the Smithsonian Museum, so you know you're going to see some unique and beautiful exhibits.
Along with possibly forgetting about the Native Americans/First Nations peoples who once populated what is now New York City, we may have also forgotten about those who came into New York through Ellis Island. For these people, the tenements were the places they called home.
A visit through the Tenement Museum may be shocking and not a little disturbing to some people, as it is hard to believe that people lived in what was once considered "adequate living conditions". These included anything from entire floors of buildings divided up into "living areas", with a kitchen, living room, and bedroom (yes, only one) for families that may have numbered ten or more.
Museum of Jewish Heritage
New York has a large Jewish population that is proud of its heritage. The Museum of Jewish Heritage is billed as a "Living Memorial to the Holocaust," although it contains artifacts from other periods dating back to five thousand years ago. In this day when efforts are being made to disprove the Holocaust ever even happening, such a place is even more important than ever.
The Intrepid Museum is actually on the USS Intrepid. You can learn about air travel and military operations from different wars, as well as view exhibits on commercial aircraft. The USS Intrepid also has the honor of having been chosen as the new home for the Space Shuttle Enterprise (OV-101), the first Space Shuttle Orbiter.
Museum of Sex
The Museum of Sex is definitely an adults-only museum (no one under 18 admitted) and when you go in (if you're brave enough to) you'll see why. Everything in this museum is dedicated to human sexuality as it has evolved through the ages.