New York City has some of the finest and grandest museums in all of America which provide an overview to different cultures, tradition, history, culture, arts and entertainment. A trip here will never be complete without taking some time to discover and explore these incredible sites and institutions.

With the overwhelming number of museums that can be found in New York City, it will actually take forever until one can successfully step foot to all these museums without missing a site or two. Therefore, we narrowed the list down to the top five museums that local and foreign travelers will absolutely want to visit.  

American Museum of Natural History

Situated in the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York, the American Museum of Natural History is one of the biggest museums all over the world. It is comprised with 28 interconnected buildings where more than 33 million specimens of fossils, rocks, human artifacts, animals and human remains are kept. According to the Smithsonian, the most famous attraction in the American Museum of Natural History is its dinosaur exhibit where fossils of Stegosaurus, Tyrannosaurus rex, Triceratops and other species of dinosaurs can be found. This place welcomes an average of five million local and foreign guests every year.

Museum of Modern Art

With an enormous collection of contemporary and modern art, this museum in Midtown Manhattan is one of the biggest and most significant modern art museums anywhere else in the world. The Museum of Modern Art holds a collection of 150,000 pieces of modern architectural works and design, painting, photography, books, periodical titles, and as well as the historic materials related to contemporary and modern artistry from over 20,000 artists.

Guggenheim Museum

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum collects and preserves a huge collection of Post-Impressionist, Impressionist, modern, and contemporary art for more than eight decades now. The Guggenheim Museum holds over 600 works of art that were given to its founder, Solomon R. Guggenheim, or purchased by the museum itself from 1937 to 1949. Over the years, the collection of Guggenheim Museum has continuously grown. According to the Telegraph, the this museum offers a free-of-charge Educator's Eye Tour for guests during weekdays.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the biggest museum in all of America. Locally known as "The Met", this museum is included on the list of the most visited art museums all over the world. This place holds a collection of more than two million classical, ancient and modern arts which are housed into seventeen distinctive curatorial departments. This museum also has an extensive preservation of different cultural collections such as the Asian, African, European, Islamic, and Indian art. 

Brooklyn Museum of Art

The Brooklyn Museum of Art is known to be home to some of the best collections of Egyptian Art all over the world. This museum is the third largest museums in New York City when it comes to physical size, and preserves a collection with approximately 1.5 million pieces. This place also features the history of the American Art from its Colonial period. The museum also stores antiquities from the Japanese, African and Oceanic art as well as items related to the colonization of the Spaniards and Native American holdings.