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With over 2 million square feet to explore, 5,000 years of art and 17 curatorial departments with over 2 million works, there’s a lot to see at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Whether it’s the first time visiting or you are a local, you won’t run out of things to see anytime soon, but knowing where to start can be daunting. We asked Met insider Haley Ward for some highlights, tips and surprises at the iconic museum.
A place of wonder, the American Museum of Natural History is one of New York City’s most iconic institutions. With so much to explore, it’s hard to see everything in one day, so we asked for a little guidance. Brad Harris, Senior Director of Visitor Services at AMNH, gave us some insider tips and highlights for this landmark institution that will definitely help you leave with more than you came with.
When my kids were growing up, a favorite holiday tradition on Thanksgiving Eve was a nighttime stroll along Central Park West around the American Museum of Natural History to watch the Thanksgiving Day parade balloons come to life. Laid out flat along the closed streets on either side of the museum in the afternoon, the deflated balloons would slowly grow as crews worked into the night, pumping them with helium and covering them with sandbagged nets to keep them from floating away.
The Rainbow Room is shining brightly once again, high above New York City on the 65th floor of 30 Rockefeller Plaza. The legendary restaurant and dance hall is back with the same spirit, style and sophistication. The dazzling crystal chandelier and revolving dance floor are still the centerpieces of the room, just as they were in the 1930s and beyond.
How does a nation come to grips with one of the most horrific events in its history? Since the 9/11 Museum opened on May 21, more than 430,000 people have visited the expansive underground site to witness the stories and artifacts from the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Attendance has exceeded expectations of museum officials, even with the $24 adult entry fee.
Whether you’re traveling near or far for your holiday dinner, there is certainly something to be said for spending a day amidst the madness at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade—or watching it from your couch at home as your turkey dinner is roasting in the oven. You may watch the parade every year with friends and loved ones, but do you know the immense history behind one of the most exciting traditions in our country?