Central Park, Manhattan Places

Part of our Manhattan travel guide; our list of the best things to see in Central Park, including Whitney Museum of American Art, American Museum of Natural History and Walter Reade Theater.
  • The best place in Central Park Manhattan: Whitney Museum of American Art

    Whitney Museum of American Art

    945 Madison Ave
    W-Th,Sa-Su 11AM-6PM, F 1PM-9PM, closed M-Tu. $18 adults (26-61), $12 seniors (62+)/students/young adults (19-25), free for children 18 and under. Pay what you wish on F 6PM-9PM. Founded in 1931, the Whitney Museum is known for displaying contemporary American art even more up-to-date than the Museum of Modern Art. It is most famous for its long-standing tradition of hosting a biennial art show that displays many lesser-known artists new to the American art scene.
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  • American Museum of Natural History

    American Museum of Natural History

    79th St and Central Park West
    Pay-what-you-wish (suggested admission $16 adults, $12 seniors/students, $9 children); special exhibitions cost extra. Holding a remarkably large collection, each of the 5 floors of this massive building has expansive and well-designed exhibits devoted to astronomy, biology, geology, anthropology, climatology, and paleontology. You will want to allow a full day if you hope to see the entirety of the museum. Some of the highlights are the Rose Center for Earth and Space on the northeast corner of the building, which contains a seven-story glass cube holding the Hayden Planetarium, a huge sphere suspended above the exhibit halls below and holding a "cosmic pathway" exhibit; the numerous habitat diorama halls on the first, second and third floors, with recreations of African, Asian, North American, and ocean plants and animals, including a full-size model of a Blue Whale suspended above the Ocean Life Hall; a Hall of Minerals and Gems, which contains many rare and beautiful specimens, including the largest star sapphire in the world and a chunk of a massive meteorite; extensive anthropology halls on the first, second, and third floors, with exhibits devoted to people of Asia, Africa, Central America, the Pacific, and Native Americans; and the natural history halls on the fourth floor, with one of the largest collections of dinosaur skeletons in the world.
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  • Walter Reade Theater

    Walter Reade Theater

    the premier film society in the United States
    The home of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the premier film society in the United States. The theater itself is a good place to catch the latest trends in cinema from all over the world with annual showcases from Africa, Spain, France, Italy, Israel, and Asia. The film society organizes the annual New York Film Festival at nearby Alice Tully Hall (at the Time Warner Center in 2007 because of construction at Alice Tully) in late September-early October.
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  • Museum of the City of New York

    Museum of the City of New York

    1220 5th Ave
    Suggested admission $10 adults, $6 students/seniors, free from children 12 and under. Rather large, interesting museum with all kinds of documentation of events in the history of this city and delightful artifacts of life in earlier periods, such as the extensive collection of 19th century dollhouses complete with miniature furniture.
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  • New York Historical Society

    New York Historical Society

    170 Central Park West
    Americana including Audubon’s watercolors of birds.
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  • Carnegie Hall

    Carnegie Hall

    881 7th Ave
    If you ask a New Yorker how to get to Carnegie Hall, you may get the answer "Practice, practice!" This elegant 19th-century hall, the closest we have to the great European halls, is New York's premier venue for famous recitalists and visiting symphony orchestras. The complex also includes the more intimate Weill Recital Hall slightly further east and Zankel Hall, in the basement of the side of the building facing 7th Av. near 56th St, a medium-sized venue used by jazz groups and classical concert pianists, alike.
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  • Central Park

    Central Park

    Central Park Conservancy830 5th Ave
    Central Park is the 843-acre green heart of Manhattan and is maintained by the Central Park Conservancy. It was designed in the 19th century by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux as an urban escape for New Yorkers.
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  • American Folk Art Museum

    American Folk Art Museum

    2 Lincoln Square
    Tu-Sa, noon-7:30PM, Su noon-6:30PM, closed M. Free.
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  • Levain Bakery

    Levain Bakery

    167 W 74th St
    Bakery best known for their big, dense cookies.
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  • 92 St. Y

    92 St
    and Lexington Av.. A full season of concerts, lectures, and other events takes place here. The Y's Kaufmann Concert Hall is one of the premiere concert halls in the city, and its lecture and concert series feature many well-known groups and individuals. Some fans particularly recommend the chamber music concerts featuring members of the New York Philharmonic. The Y also offers classes in various subjects.
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  • El Museo del Barrio

    1230 5th Ave
    Suggested admission $9 adults, $5 students/seniors, free for children under 12. The only US museum devoted to Puerto Rican culture.
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  • The Jewish Museum

    1109 5th Ave
    Sa-Tu 11AM-5:45PM, Th 11AM-8PM, F 11AM-4PM, closed W. $12 adults, $10 seniors, $7.50 students, free for children under 12. Free admission for all on Saturdays. Containing artifacts spanning 4,000 years of art and Jewish culture, with a collection of 26,000 objects – paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photographs, archaeological artifacts, ceremonial objects and broadcast media. The museum also hosts the annual SummerNights concert series and the annual New York Jewish Film Festival [1].
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  • Frick Collection

    1 E 70th St
    Tu-Sa 10AM-6PM, Su 11AM-5PM. $18 adults, $12 seniors, $5 students, children under 10 prohibited. Pay what you wish on Su 11AM-1PM. The former home of steel baron Henry Clay Frick, this sprawling mansion is filled with Frick's enormous personal art collection, displayed as he left it. It's worth a visit for the house alone, which is explained nicely in the audio tour. The collection is impressive, including works by Whistler, Corot, El Greco, Turner, Renoir, and Rembrandt.
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  • Neue Galerie New York

    1048 5th Ave
    $15 adults, $10 students and seniors, free admission on the first Friday of the month from 6PM-8PM.
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  • Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

    between West 62nd and 66th Streets and Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues
    NB: Rose Hall venues are in the Time Warner Center, Broadway at 60th St). The world's largest cultural complex, where you can see theater, symphonies, ballet, opera, movies, art exhibits or just wander the architecturally beautiful buildings. The buildings are modern, and even have modern chandeliers. There are two opera companies, and the famous Juilliard School of Music is also here. Also part of the complex is the New York Public Library's Library for the Performing Arts, containing circulating and non-circulating collections in music, drama, and dance, as well as special collections of priceless documents that scholars from around the world come to look at. Metropolitan Opera . Confusingly referred to simply as "the Met" (together with the Metropolitan Museum of Art), the premier opera company in New York has been housed at Lincoln Center since 1966, behind five soaring glass arches in the east facade, and within a vast white travertine-clad building. Two Marc Chagall murals grace the foyer. The hall has wonderful acoustics, and its ceiling is lined with gold leaf and chandeliers.Walter Reade Theater . The home of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the premier film society in the United States. The theater itself is a good place to catch the latest trends in cinema from all over the world with annual showcases from Africa, Spain, France, Italy, Israel, and Asia. The film society organizes the annual New York Film Festival at nearby Alice Tully Hall (at the Time Warner Center in 2007 because of construction at Alice Tully) in late September-early October.David H. Koch Theater. The home of the New York City Ballet [2]. The Nutcracker staged by the Ballet every December is a holiday classic, popular with New Yorkers and tourists alike.
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  • Guggenheim Museum

    1071 5th Ave
    Su-W,F 10AM-5:45PM, Sa 10AM-7:45PM, closed Th. $18 adults, $15 seniors/students, free for children under 12. Pay what you wish on Sa 5:45PM-7:45PM. Probably the most famous of the Guggenheim foundations (others found in Bilbao, Venice, Berlin and Las Vegas), which hold avant-garde modern art by artists such as Kandinsky and Mondrian, the New York branch is housed in a unique and famous Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building rendered in a rounded, organic form and completed in 1959. Be sure to take the elevator to the top floor, then follow the spiral viewing floors downwards to the street level.
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  • Central Park Zoo

    5th Avenue and 64th Street
    Nov-Mar: Daily 10AM-4:30PM, Apr-Oct: M-F 10AM-5PM, Sa-Su, holidays 10AM-5:30PM. $12 adults, $9 seniors, $7 children, children under 3 free. Small and gem-like, New York's "oldest, newest zoo" opened in its current guise as recently as 1988, although animals in various zoo incarnations have resided here since the 1860s. This zoo is fairly small and doesn't have as many large animals as you might expect, but this zoo does include sea lions, penguins, polar bears, monkeys, red pandas, and exotic birds in pleasant exhibits. Next door is a children's zoo, covered in the cost of admission, which has a barnyard animals you can pet, a duck pond, and lots of play areas for kids.
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  • Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum

    2 E 91st St
    M-F 10AM-5PM, Sa 10AM-6PM, Su 11AM-6PM. $15 adults, $10 seniors/students, free for children under 12. A branch of the Smithsonian Institution, the Cooper-Hewitt is devoted to historic and contemporary design, with changing exhibits.
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  • Barnard College

    across Broadway to the west
  • Carnegie Hall

    881 Seventh Avenue
    The premier venue for classical music in the United States, Carnegie Hall is famous around the world for its dazzling performances. Playing at Carnegie Hall is, for many classical musicians, the epitome of success. Carnegie Hall houses three different auditoriums, with the Isaac Stern auditorium being the largest venue.
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  • Zabar's


    2245 Broadway
    A very well-known store in New York, with an enormous selection of delicious (and expensive) foods. Foodstuffs (cheeses, olives, prepared foods, etc.) are sold on the first floor. The second floor is where you will find all sorts of devices related to cooking and food processing at price points ranging from inexpensive bargains to very expensive luxury items. As with Fairway, do not go the day before Thanksgiving, and think carefully before going on a busy weekend.
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  • Magnolia Bakery

    Magnolia Bakery

    200 Columbus Ave
    World Renowned Bakery Famous for Classic American Baked Goods and Desserts
    Central Park
  • Hayden Planetarium

    Hayden Planetarium

    175 Central Park W
    The Hayden Planetarium is a public planetarium, part of the Rose Center for Earth and Space of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, currently directed by astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson.
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  • American Museum of Natural History

    American Museum of Natural History

    Central Park W at 79th St
    The American Museum of Natural History, located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City is one of the largest and most celebrated museums in the world. Located in park-like grounds across the street from Central Park, the Museum comprises 25 interconnected buildings that house 46 permanent exhibition halls, research laboratories, and its renowned library.
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  • Beacon Theatre

    Beacon Theatre

    2124 Broadway
    The Beacon Theatre, also known as the Beacon Theater and Hotel, is a historic theater on upper Broadway in Manhattan. The 2,894-seat, three-tiered theatre was designed by Chicago architect Walter W. Ahlschlager as a movie palace for motion pictures and vaudeville. Today it is one of New York's leading live music and entertainment venues, and controlled by Madison Square Garden, Inc.
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  • Asia Society and Museum

    Asia Society and Museum

    725 Park Ave
    The Asia Society is a non-profit organization that focuses on educating the world about Asia. It has several centers in the United States and around the world Hong Kong, Manila, Mumbai, Seoul, Shanghai, and Melbourne. All of these centers are overseen by the Society’s headquarters in New York, which includes a museum that exhibits the Rockefeller collection of Asian art and rotating exhibits with pieces from many Asian countries including China, Japan, India, and Korea.
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