Fodor's Expert Review Museum of the City of New York
The city's present, past, and future are explored through quirky, engaging exhibits on subjects such as architecture, fashion, history, and politics in a Colonial Revival building designed for the museum in the 1930s. The ongoing exhibition New York at Its Core explores the sweep and diverse facets of the city's 400-year history through artifacts, photography, archival film, and interactive digital experiences. Don't miss Timescapes, a 25-minute media projection that innovatively illustrates New York's physical expansion and population changes, or Activist New York, an ongoing exploration of the city's history of social activism. You can also find New York–centric lectures, films, and walking tours here. There's a café, too. After touring the museum, cross the street and stroll through the Vanderbilt Gates to enter the Conservatory Garden, one of Central Park's hidden gems.