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New York City From a Distance: Virtual Attraction Tour

April 16, 2020 By CityPASS

New York City is home to some of the world’s most famous museums and landmarks, offering a wealth of cultural experiences; it’s no wonder this magical city welcomed over 65 million visitors last year. While these attractions are temporarily closed, they still welcome virtual visitors with lots of entertaining and education digital content. Take a "tour" below, and start looking forward to your future travels to NYC and beyond.

Empire State Building

The Empire State Building’s tower lights have maintained a tradition of changing color to recognize various occasions and organizations since 1976, and today this NYC icon is keeping the lights shining and the music playing for all those at home. Tune into the Tower Lights shows on YouTube and put yourself into an "Empire State of Mind." Follow ESB on Instagram for beautiful images and entertaining stories and games.

American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History’s Facebook page is a hub of activity! Check it out daily for the Exhibit of the Day as well as the #AMNHDailyLesson, a resource for parents and educators. And each Tuesday and Thursday at 2pm ET, catch them live for hall tours, inside look at the collections, and more. You’ll also find fun watch parties from time to time, like this one, exploring the Museum’s Hall of Ocean Life:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Met may be temporarily closed, but you can enjoy the #MetAnywhere. Take a virtual tour of the exhibition Gerhard Richter: Painting After All, and explore these primers for other exhibits, delving into key themes through stories, videos, animations, and more. Follow The Met on Facebook for all kinds of fun and inquisitive content, virtual storytimes, selected readings, curator interviews, and much more.

Top of the Rock Observation Deck

Top of the Rock Observation Deck is one of the keystones of New York City’s famous Rockefeller Center, overlooking from above the multitude of restaurants, shops, arts and activities that make Rock Center one of the city’s most popular attractions. While it can’t welcome visitors in person, Rock Center is sharing tons of fun on their Facebook page. You’ll find art activities, virtual happy hours, yoga, family-friendly demos and workshops, sing-and-dance-alongs for kids, puppet shows, and more.


Tour the Guggenheim from home with an online visual and audio guide. Discover the depth of the collection and try an at-home art class. Watch live interviews with staff to learn more about the museum’s architecture, history and exhibitions, or watch short artist interviews from around the world.

Statue Cruises

The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Immigration Museum are closed, but Statue Cruises is looking forward to ferrying guests when they reopen, and Lady Liberty still stands ready to welcome all.

Circle Line Cruises

Circle Line’s Sightseeing Cruises give a unique perspective on the iconic sights of New York City, from the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge to One World Trade and 101 other NYC sights. While they can’t take you in person right now, visit their Facebook and Instagram pages for inspiring and beautiful photos.

9/11 Memorial & Museum

The 9/11 Memorial & Museum is dedicated to honoring the memory of those lost in the 9/11 attacks, and they want to continue to share that with you even while they’re closed. Visit their website for stories of hope and inspiration, an interactive museum tour, collection highlights, and more.

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

With decades of service, the Intrepid holds a place of significance in the history of the United States. Even now, with its physical doors shut, the museum continues to promote awareness and understanding of history, science and service through its digital resources. Visit Intrepid’s website for a variety of compelling content, from oral histories and virtual tours to resources that serve educators, parents and students, and follow them on Facebook to keep up with their active and informative schedule.

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

Even while closed, MoMA is continuing to enrich the lives of art lovers. Check out their online magazine, teach art at home, find family art-making activities, watch films from a current exhibition, and more. For those who want to really dig in, the museum is offering a series of online courses that take from 12-38 hours to complete and range in topics from "Fashion as Design," "What is Contemporary Art?", "Seeing Through Photographs," and more.

Hornblower Cruises

While Hornblower can’t welcome you onboard right now, they’re sharing some of their popular food and drink recipes on their Facebook page to help get you excited for your next Alive After Five Cruise. Cheers!

Edge at Hudson Yards

With its recent opening in early March, Edge had just a few days to share its one-of-a-kind views of NYC from thrilling glass floors 100 stories up in the sky before they had to temporarily close. This new attraction is definitely one to not miss on your next trip to New York City!

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