AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
Guests explore halls filled with full-scale dinosaur skeletons, fossils, dioramas, artifacts, gems and minerals, meteorites and more. The Hayden Planetarium, with its immersive space show, is located in the museum’s Rose Center for Earth and Space. Open daily 10 am-5:45 pm. Central Park West, at W. 79th St., 212.769.5100.
FRAUNCES TAVERN MUSEUM
General George Washington bade farewell to his officers in 1783 at the end of the Revolutionary War in what is now a museum of Early American history and culture. Open M- F noon-5 pm, Sa-Su 11 am-5 pm. 54 Pearl St., at Broad St., 212.425.1778.
INTREPID SEA, AIR & SPACE MUSEUM
Historic aircraft, interactive exhibits and flight simulators, plus the guided missile submarine USS Growler, British Airways Concorde and space shuttle Enterprise. Open M- F 10 am-5 pm, Sa-Su 10 am- 6 pm. Pier 86, 12th Ave., at W. 46th St., 212.245.0072.
MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK
The permanent exhibition, “New York at Its Core,” is a high-tech look at the city’s 400-year history. Open daily 10 am- 6 pm. 1220 Fifth Ave., at 103rd St., 212.534.1672.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN
Housed in the Alexander Hamilton U. S. Custom House, this Smithsonian Institution branch promotes appreciation of Native American his-
tory, culture, languages and arts. Open M-W, F-Su 10 am-5 pm, Th 10 am- 8 pm. Free. 1 Bowling Green, at Broadway, 212.514.3700.
NATIONAL SEPTEMBER 11 MEMORIAL & MUSEUM
Within the original footprints of the Twin Towers are two massive commemorative pools consisting of 30-foot cascading waterfalls and parapets, on which are inscribed the names of nearly 3,000 victims from the 9/11 attacks in New York, at the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania, as well as the Feb. 26, 1993, World Trade Center bombing. The museum uses interactive technology, narratives and artifacts to tell the story of 9/11. Memorial: Open daily 7:30 am-9 pm. Free. Museum: Open Su-Th 9 am- 8 pm (last entry 6 pm), F-Sa 9 am-9 pm (last entry 7 pm). Museum entrance at 180 Greenwich St., btw Liberty & Fulton sts., 212.266.5211.
NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM & LIBRARY
Documents, photographs and works of art focus on the rich history of New York City and New York State. Open Tu-Th, Sa 10 am- 6 pm, F 10 am- 8 pm, Su 11 am-5 pm. 170 Central Park West, at Richard Gilder Way ( W. 77th St.), 212.873.3400.
THE SKYSCRAPER MUSEUM
Exhibits celebrate the history of tall buildings and skylines, with a focus on NYC’s architectural heritage. Open W-Su noon- 6 pm. 39 Battery Pl., btw Little West St. & Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park, 212.968.1961.
Visitors can experience late-19th- century and turn- ofthe-20th- century immigrant life on a variety of guided tours of authentically preserved three-room tenement apartments. Tours daily 10 am- 6 pm (last tour 5 pm). Visitor Center: 103 Orchard St., btw Broome & Delancey sts., 212.982.8420.