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Best museums in New York City

The United States is home to more than 35,000 museums, according to data from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. These cultural strongholds run the gamut of natural history, world wars, art, and even children's books.

While some fancy a trip to the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. or the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, others like to cozy up in a corner and read the Very Hungry Caterpillar at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst, Mass. How does one define a museum?

Early museums housed private collections curated by individuals, while today's museums—many of them major tourist attractions—are filled with art, history, science, artifacts, fossils, historical documents, and some curious collections. Along with exhibitions of art, history, and science, Stacker unearthed museums filled with bananas, popcorn, and some very odd stuff.

All across the U.S., visitors can find museums to explore any subject that piques the imagination. A trip to Washington D.C. provides an opportunity to visit a number of iconic museums for free. A visit to Boston means getting to enjoy the Museum of Fine Arts or learn about the Boston Tea Party ships. In California, travelers can tour the International Museum of Bananas before popping by the Wyandot Popcorn Museum in Ohio or The Museum of Bad Art in Massachusetts.

Have you ever checked out the museums in your area? To determine the best museums in New York, Stacker turned to data from Foursquare (data current as of April 19, 2019). All museums were ranked by Foursquare’s algorithm, which predicts the “best” museums based on combined factors of the number of check-ins, rating signals, category matches, tips, and photo trends. Click through this gallery to find out which are the best museums New York has to offer.

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#10. Tenement Museum

- Address: 103 Orchard St. (at Delancey St.), New York
- Foursquare rating: 9.3
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#9. Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum

- Address: 2 E. 91st St. (at 5th Ave.), New York
- Foursquare rating: 9.3
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#8. The Frick Collection

- Address: 1 E. 70th St. (at 5th Ave.), New York
- Foursquare rating: 9.3
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#7. Hayden Planetarium

- Address: Central Park West and 79th St., American Museum of Natural History, New York
- Foursquare rating: 9.3
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#6. American Museum of Natural History

- Address: 200 Central Park West (btwn W. 77th & W. 81st St.), New York
- Foursquare rating: 9.4
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#5. Whitney Museum of American Art

- Address: 99 Gansevoort St. (btwn 10th Ave. & Washington St.), New York
- Foursquare rating: 9.4
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#4. MoMA: Architecture and Design

- Address: 11 W. 53rd St., New York
- Foursquare rating: 9.4
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#3. The Jewish Museum

- Address: 1109 5th Ave. (at E. 92nd St.), New York
- Foursquare rating: 9.4
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#2. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

- Address: 11 W. 53rd St. (btwn 5th & 6th Ave.), New York
- Foursquare rating: 9.5
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#1. Metropolitan Museum of Art

- Address: 1000 5th Ave. (btwn E. 80th & E. 84th St.), New York
- Foursquare rating: 9.7
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