1220 Fifth Avenue (at 103rd Street)
If you are looking for a museum that is smaller and less crowded then say the Met or the Museum of Natural History, then the Museum of the City of New York may be for you.
The general focus of the museum is on the history and people of New York City. The exhibits are interesting and informative, making it a great alternative to some of the larger, better-known museums down the street.
If youre looking for great art, then skip it, but if a good New York City history museum is what you want, then this is it. Depending on how much reading you do, the whole place can be seen in two to three hours.
Dont miss Timescapes: A Multimedia Portrait of New York. This 25 minute presentation is a highlight of the museum. It runs every half hour and features New York City history from 1609 to present and how it grew to become a city of a new type with rich diversity and culture.
Another plus: You can enjoy a leisurely walk along Museum Mile next to Central Park on your way there.