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Top 5 Historical Museums To Visit In NYC

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by Jessica Mousseau (subscribe)
Jessica Mousseau is a copywriter & copy editor from the United States. Her work can be viewed at: www.jessicamousseau.com.
Published April 24th 2011
Each of the five boroughs in New York City has one or more museums that you can visit. So, not only do you get to see the best of the historical museums in New York City, you also get to visit some of the different neighborhoods in this bustling, thriving metropolis.

First stop, Van Cortlandt House in Bronx County.

The oldest building in The Bronx was home to the Van Cortlandts for 140 years, some of which included the Revolutionary War. During this War, Washington, Rochambeau, and Lafayette all graced this house with their presence.

Next stop, Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Historical Society and Museum.

Locals already know that Brooklyn can sometimes be almost considered a city within itself. Visit the Brooklyn Historical Society and Museum and see just exactly what made this borough the unique and interesting place it was in the past and still is today.

Back to the Revolutionary War we go again.

This time at Fort Greene Park Conservancy, once the site of a Revolutionary War fort. The park gets its name from General Nathaniel Greene of the Revolutionary War. The most unique part of this museum is the monument that pays tribute to the prisoners of war held by the British on prison ships in nearby Wallabout Bay.

On to the New York City Police Museum, with its memorial to 9/11.

The New York Police Museum had only been incorporated for three years when the tragic events of September 11, 2001, changed America forever. The exhibits feature police artifacts from the early days of the New York Police Department, and then culminate in the moving tribute to September 11.

Here you'll find out once and for all why police officers began to be called "cops" and why ranking officers were referred to as the "brass". You'll also see the efforts that continue today as New York's Finest continue to protect and serve those who were affected by September 11, 2001, not only in New York City, but throughout the State and other areas.

Last stop, Ellis Island Museum.

See where it all began for many of us. Ellis Island Museum has many rooms and areas that have been restored, but still are exactly like they were when the thousands of immigrants came through America through New York Harbor in the late 19th and early 20th Century. You never know, you may see a picture of an ancestor.

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Why? Because history is fun.
When: Whenever you want.
Where: All over New York's 5 boroughs
Cost: Some are free, some charge an admission fee.
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