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When it comes to museums, New York isn’t shy. In fact, it stands tall and proud with its endless string of iconic museums and some off-the-radar too, waiting for its influx of visitors each year.

Learn about the all-time best fighters at Canastota’s International Boxing Hall of Fame. Discover one of the oldest museums at the Albany Institute of History and Art. Brush up on human anatomy at the Brain Museum in Buffalo.

See upstate New York’s oldest structure at Pieter Bronck House in Coxsackie. Check out a unique art collection at Brooklyn Museum. Visit the FASNY Museum of Firefighting. Get an up-close look at a house built in the Federal architecture style at the Fred J. Johnston House in Kingston.

Hit Kingston’s Hudson River Maritime Museum then catch the Trolley Museum of New York. Enjoy a history lesson at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. Spend a day at the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum & Center for Comedy in Jamestown.

Head up to Ithaca for an inside view of the planet at the Museum of Earth. Explore the Empire State’s development at the New York State Museum in Albany. Indulge your curiosity at the Rochester Museum and Science Center.

Learn about the automobile at the Saratoga Automobile Museum in Saratoga Springs. Go back in time at the War of 1812 Museum in Plattsburgh. Head to Brooklyn and have a drink at Cardiff Giant.       

International Boxing Hall of Fame

There are many ways to make the most of your next visit to New York. From the wide range of impressive parks, professional sports teams, and even road trips through the Catskills, New York consistently proves to be a premier travel destination. During your next visit to NY, be sure to explore the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

You'll find the IBHOF in Canastota, a charming village just west of Syracuse in the central region of NY. The International Boxing Hall of Fame honors and celebrates trainers, boxers, and others who've impacted the sport and world of boxing. Notable members of the IBHOF include Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazer, and Julio Cesar Chavez.

Albany Institute of History & Art

Since its establishment in 1909, the Albany Institute of History & Art has encouraged interest in the art, culture, and history of Albany and Upper Hudson Valley. Stroll through this downtown museum to view wonderful collections like the Hudson River School collection and the Albany Mummies.

Permanent exhibitions include Ancient Egypt and Traders & Culture: Colonial Albany & the Formation of American Identity. Schedule time to attend one of the museum's lectures, educational programs, or classes offered throughout the year. The Albany Institute of History & Art also hosts cultural events and workshops.

Brain Museum

A visit to New York can yield full days exploration, adventure, and so much more. From the very best family-friendly attractions to the impressive list of golf courses to try, New York never lets you down. Plan your next stay in the Buffalo region and head for the Brain Museum, found on the campus of the University of Buffalo.

Technically known as the Museum of Neuroanatomy, this edifying destination has been dubbed the Brain Museum because of its collection of more than 80 brain specimens – from humans to all sorts of animals. You can find the Brain Museum within the Biomedical Education Building, admission is free, and tours are by appointment only.

Bronck House

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the Bronck House – also known as the Pieter Bronck House – is in Coxsackie, New York. The Catskills attraction is the oldest structure in Upstate New York and has been declared a National Historic Landmark.

Today, the Greene County Historical Society maintains the house and surrounding farm as a museum. The museum hosts events and interactive exhibits. Past favorites include "The Broncks: A Dutch-American Family" and Chilly Willy Winter's Eve Tours.

Brooklyn Museum

Since its opening in 1897, the Brooklyn Museum has featured a wide range of art in its 560,000-square-foot building in downtown Brooklyn.

As one of the largest and oldest art museums in America, the Brooklyn Museum has become a famous stop in New York City.

Permanent collections include Arts of Africa, American Art, Contemporary Art, Decorative Arts, European Art, and photography.

The museum also features musical performances, Hands-On Art Workshops, dance performances, films, gallery talks, and after-hours programs.

FASNY Museum of Firefighting

Opened on Memorial Day, 1926, the FASNY Museum of Firefighting draws enthusiasts to the Hudson Valley community of Hudson – less than 45 minutes south of Albany. Home to a great number of historical artifacts, the museum aims to preserve the history of early firefighting.

Funded in part by the likes of the FASNY Foundation, Liberty Mutual Insurance, and TD Bank, FASNY offers visitors interactive tours and exhibits. Past favorites include “Then, Now and Always: Firefighting from Ancient Times through the 1900s.”

Fred J. Johnston Museum

Trips to New York can be filled with a variety of excellent activities – from the outdoor adventures of upstate New York, to the whirlwind days spent bouncing around Manhattan. When you next visit, be sure to head for the Catskills region of New York and check out the Fred J. Johnston Museum. It's all found in Kingston.

This elegant museum is all about antiques – and the man behind one of the most impressive collections around. Fred J. Johnston spent over 60 years collecting an array of 18th and early 19th century artifacts – whether it be furniture, art, or collectibles. Visit this museum to learn a bit about his life, his work, and his exceptional collections.

Hudson River Maritime Museum

The Hudson River is 315-mile long waterway flowing north and south through New York – it stretches from Manhattan all the way north into Upstate NY. Visit the Catskills Region of NY and the city of Kingston where you can learn all about the history and science of the Hudson at the Hudson River Maritime Museum.

Established in 1980, the Hudson River Maritime Museum sees nearly 20,000 annual visitors, each eager to learn about the deep and rich history of the Hudson – and all of its cultural implications over the years. The artifacts and collections housed within this museum are dedicated to the boating and shipping industries – two key economic factors in Kingston's early years.

Lower East Side Tenement Museum NHS

Making its home in the heart of New York City, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum preserves the site of this famed immigrant resident. Given immigration's historical significance to New York’s metropolitan area, this museum has become a staple among the state’s host of tourist attractions.

Guests can explore the tenement via guided tour, taking them through building and meeting costumed interpreters along the way. Moreover, walks throughout the historic Lower East Side are often combined with a Tenement Museum Tour for further discovery opportunities.

Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum & Center for Comedy

Established in 1996, the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum & Center for Comedy commemorates Jamestown native and iconic comedienne Lucille Ball – better known as Lucy Ricardo of "I Love Lucy."

The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center consists of the Center for Comedy, the Lucy Desi Museum, and the bustling I Love Lucy Shop. The center is also the epicenter for the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in downtown Jamestown in western New York.

Museum of the Earth

Located in central New York, the Museum of the Earth is exactly what it sounds like – this museum is dedicated to the discovery and exhibition of Earth’s natural wonders.

Found in the city of Ithaca, the museum features more than simply exhibits, though. Visit the museum and walk-through the discovery center, and watch discovery at work.

New York State Museum

Enrich your knowledge of New York, while visiting the Capital City of Albany in the Hudson River Valley. The NY State Museum is one of the oldest and largest museums in the country.

This historical museum was established in 1836 as the New York State Geological & Natural History Survey, and is located on the south side of the Empire State Plaza – facing the historic New York State Capitol.

While browsing the displays of artifacts, have fun riding the working carousel completed in 1916.

Permanent exhibits include the Ancient Life of New York, Mineral of New York, Native Peoples of New York, the Fire Engine Hall, The World Trade Center: Rescue, Recovery, Response, and Windows on New York.

Rochester Museum & Science Center

Founded in 1912, the Rochester Museum & Science Center features hands-on exhibits engaging visitors to learn about science, technology, and New York's Finger Lakes heritage. Located in Rochester, the museum features 1.2 million artifacts, the Bathysphere Underwater Biological Laboratory, and the Strasenburgh Planetarium.

Visit the 13-acre campus for a fun day of exploration and learning. Watch one of the feature shows in the planetarium and don't miss the Saturday Night Laser Shows, choreographed to music. Bring the whole family to enjoy the classes, family activities and three floors of interactive exhibits. The center's library contains a wealth of books and serials.

Saratoga Automobile Museum

Opened in 2002, the Saratoga Automobile Museum is located in the Hudson Valley city of Saratoga Springs, New York. Sharing the grounds of Saratoga Spa State Park, the museum is housed in a former bottling facility constructed in 1935.

The museum features three galleries with the combined capacity to display around 30 vehicles. Complete with a hands-on display, perfect for visitors with young ones, the museum hosts rotating exhibitions and traveling shows. The building also serves as headquarters for the New York State Stock Car Association Hall of Fame.

Tenement Museum New York City

Promoting tolerance through historical education on the immigrant experience, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum is located in Lower Manhattan in New York City, New York. Recognized as a National Historic Site, a National Historic Landmark, and a member of the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, the building is believed to have been the home of over 7,000 immigrants between 1863 and 1935.

The Tenement Museum offers guided tours through period-restored apartments designed to depict the lives of those who lived in the 97 Orchard Street building. The Bruner Foundation awarded the museum the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence in 2001.

Trolley Museum of New York

Plan your next trip to New York and make your way to the Catskills region – you'll discover a wealth of charm, down-to-earth residents, and plenty of history. In Kingston, you can be sure any travel agenda will include an afternoon spent touring the Trolley Museum of New York.

The Trolley Museum of New York is a staple of the Kingston area – it serves as a historical monument, an exhibit space, and gift shop. You can see the Hudson River on a leisurely trolley ride – children under five years of age gain free entry into the museum and on any trolley ride. This excellent museum opened in 1983 and has become a premier attraction on East Strand along Rondout Waterfront.

War of 1812 Museum

One of many historic stops in town, the War of 1812 Museum is located in Plattsburgh – set in upstate New York on Lake Champlain. Operated by the Battle of Plattsburgh Association, the museum commemorates the both the “forgotten” War of 1812 and the Battle of Plattsburgh.

War of 1812 Museum visitors are encouraged to explore the Battle of Plattsburgh Interpretive Center and the Key Bank Gallery – featuring artwork of the Battle of Lake Champlain. Take home a gift from The History Shoppe, or see if you can catch the Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration Weekend in September.

Cardiff Giant

Plan your next visit to New York. The City That Never Sleeps will yield full days of exploration, quality dining, kid-friendly fun, and plenty of outdoor recreation. When your next visit has you central region, be sure to stay in the charming village of Cooperstown. One of the main attractions you'll find here is the Cardiff Giant.

The Cardiff Giant, also known as one of the most impressive hoaxes ever cast against those most gullible souls, is a ten-foot tall, man-like sculpture. It was carved out of gypsum in 1968, then buried in an attempt to fool the public. Today, the Cardiff Giant is on display at the Farmer's Museum in Cooperstown.