CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF MANHATTAN Interactive exhibits, such as “Eat Sleep Play: Building Health Every Day,” PlayWorks” and “Adventures With Dora and Diego,” promote fun and wellness and encourage learning for children ages 18 months thru 6. Open Tu-Su. 212 W. 83rd St., btw Amsterdam Ave. & Broadway, 212.721.1223. ELLIS ISLAND NATIONAL MUSEUM OF IMMIGRATION Millions of immigrants entered the U. S. on this historic island between 1892 and 1954. Open daily. Free. 212.363.3200. FRAUNCES TAVERN MUSEUM 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 daily. 54 Pearl St., at Broad St., 212.425.1778. MERCHANT’S HOUSE MUSEUM This is the city’s only 19th- century family home that has been preserved intact, both inside and out. The furnishings, decorative objects, clothing and personal memorabilia are all original. Open Th- M. 29 E. 4th St., btw Bowery & Lafayette St., 212.777.1089. MOUNT VERNON HOTEL MUSEUM & GARDEN A 1799 carriage house that became a hotel in 1826 and is now a museum takes visitors back to the days when this part of midtown Manhattan was a country escape for New Yorkers living in the crowded metropolis at the southern tip of the island. Open Tu-Su. 421 E. 61st St., btw First & York aves., 212.838.6878. THE MUSEUM AT FIT Fashion is celebrated through exhibitions of contemporary and historic clothing, avant- garde accessories, textiles and other visual materials. Open Tu-Sa. Free. Seventh Ave., at W. 27th St., 212.217.4558. MUSEUM OF AMERICAN FINANCE Permanent galleries and special-focus temporary exhibitions in the former headquarters of the Bank of New York chronicle the creation of the nation’s financial structure and encourage visitors to learn more about their own financial lives. Open Tu-Sa. 48 Wall St., at William St., 212.908.4110. MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK New York City’s past, present and future are illustrated through paintings, photographs and more. The permanent exhibition, “New York at Its Core,” is a three- gallery, high-tech look at the city’s 400-year history. Open daily.
1220 Fifth Ave., at 103rd St., 212.534.1672. MUSEUM OF THE MOVING IMAGE The art, history, technique and technology of film, television and digital media are explored through exhibits, programs and the nation’s largest collection of moving-image artifacts. Open W-Su. 36- 01 35th Ave., at 37th St., Astoria, Queens, 718.777.6888. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN Housed in the Alexander Hamilton U. S. Custom House, this Smithsonian Institution branch promotes Native American history and culture. Open daily. 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 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. Memorial and museum open daily. Museum entrance at 180 Greenwich St., btw Liberty & Fulton sts., 212.266.5211. NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM & LIBRARY More than 60,000 objects and works of art focus on the history of New York. Open Tu-Su. 170 Central Park West, at Richard Gilder Way ( W. 77th St.), 212.873.3400. TENEMENT MUSEUM Turn- of-the-20th- century immigrant life on Manhattan’s Lower East Side is experienced on guided tours of authentically preserved tenement apartments. Tours daily. Visitor center: 103 Orchard St., btw Broome & Delancey sts., 212.982.8420.