Lower Manhattan offers one of the most varied and concentrated groups of museums in the world—all within walking distance. This itinerary takes you to four of these institutions in one day.
Start at the National Museum of the American Indian, New York. Located across from Bowling Green, the oldest park in New York City, this museum’s permanent and temporary exhibitions explore the diversity of the Native people of the Americas.
Housed in the same building as the National Museum of the American Indian is the National Archives at New York City, the nation’s record keeper. Research your family history including Ellis Island and other immigrant arrival records, Federal census, naturalization, military records, and so much more.
After visiting the Archives and exiting the building, cross State Street and walk four blocks west along Battery Park. You will arrive at 36 Battery Place, the Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. Visit the Museum’s exhibitions, covering Jewish history from pre-World War II through the present. Dine on Jewish cuisine in the Museum’s restaurant, LOX at Café Bergson, while gazing out at the Garden of Stones created by Andy Goldsworthy and the Statue of Liberty. Free audio guides are available and on Tuesdays, a free tour is offered at 3 PM. Admission is free with donations accepted on Wednesdays and Thursday from 4 PM – 8 PM.
End your day with a visit to the Skyscraper Museum (open Wednesday – Sunday), across the street at 39 Battery Place. Celebrate New York City’s rich architectural heritage and examine the historical forces and individuals that have shaped its successive skylines.