Many people have been to The Met. They’ve been to The Guggenheim and the National Museum of Natural History, but for those who think they’ve seen and done it all in New York City, here are some more, shall we say, “eccentric” museums to explore. They will prove to be a fun and delightful way to while away a few hours in the big city.
The Earth Room
The Earth Room is an installation, located in SoHo. It is exactly what it sounds like: a room filled with earth (or dirt). It’s a sculpture which is a permanent installation. The room is full of 250 cubic yards of dirt, and it’s worth a million dollars. When visitors walk up to the door of this quiet sanctuary in the middle of Manhattan they’ll step up to the glass, experience the rich smell of soil, and maybe even see some mushrooms sprouting up (as the curators have to regularly water the soil).
Museum of the American Gangster
Since it is New York City, there is a rich history of organized crime. This is reflected at The Museum of the American Gangster, located in a former speakeasy at 80 St. Marks Place in the East Village.
Visitors should be prepared to spend a little bit of time, as the guided tour takes an hour and a half. They will see a number of photos from the “Gangster Era,” learn about prohibition, and even see a Tommy gun from the St. Valentine’s Day massacre. The objects tell a riveting story of the gangsters of New York and around the United States.
The Troll Museum is located on the Lower East Side, in an apartment. The curator, Reverend Jen, began collecting troll dolls at the age of nine. Now her collection overflows the apartment. Those who wish to visit must book a tour in advance. Reverend Jen will lead visitors through the dolls, treating them to stories of cursed and haunted dolls. This is the only such place in the world!
The Mmuseumm is a modern natural history museum that is devoted to the curation and exhibition of artifacts that illustrate the complexities of today’s world.
It’s also billed as the smallest museum in New York City. Here, visitors can find the shoe that was once thrown at George W. Bush, mutilated money, bullet-proof backpacks with a Disney theme, fake vomit and more.
There is a tiny espresso café, a gift shop mounted on the wall, and more.
National Museum of Mathematics
Those who love math will want to visit the National Museum of Mathematics. This place will dispel any ideas that math is dull. “MoMath,” as it is called, features a number of interactive exhibits which show how math relates to everything in life (kids will actually find it interesting!). Visitors can ride a tricycle with square wheels or take part in the fun activities that are always going on.
Which museum will you visit on your next weekend outing or city excursion? Let us know in the comments below.