The 5 most intimate museums in New York

1) Louis Armstrong House Museum

This intimate historic house museum in Corona, Queens, is the house that Louis Armstrong and his wife Lucille Wilson lived in from 1943 until his death in 1971. Lucille gave ownership to New York after his passing. Since 1978, it is a National Historic Landmark that hosts concerts and educational programs.

interior of the Louis Armstrong House Museum

2) Tenement Museum

Take a guided tour and meet the residents (played by actors). This building, where more than 7000 immigrants passed through, was built in 1863. The house is staged to look exactly the way it did when the immigrants lived there. People are encouraged to share their own stories to preserve the history of NYC’s early immigration.

Tenement museum building

103 Orchard Street (at Delancey Street)

+1 877 975 3786

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3) New Museum

The museum presents work of underrecognized and emerging international artists before they receive widespread attention – with works that are often considered out-of-the-ordinary. It is where gallery-owner Barbara Gladstone established the Stuart Regen Fund to support lecture series by leading international thinkers in the fields of art, architecture, design. The building itself, makes a cool statement on Bowery.

art exhibited at the New Museum

235 Bowery (between Stanton and Rivington Street)

+1 212 219 1222

4) Neue Gallerie

The place for turn-of-the-century German and Austrian art and design. There are stunning tabletop items by Josef Hoffman and others, drawings and paintings by Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka, and Egon Schiele – all tucked inside a Beaux-Arts mansion. An authentic, lovely Viennese cafe sits inside, which also hosts live European music of the 1890s-1930s on Thursday nights.

entrance of the Neue Gallerie in NYC

1048 Fifth Avenue (at E 86th Street)

+1 212 994 9493

5) Donald Judd House

The artist purchased this building in 1968 and turned it into his playground for creating. In homage, his home and studio have been made to look exactly the way they did in 1994 – leaving everything in place (200 pieces of art and furniture plus 1800 household items). Only groups of 8 at a time can tour, book in advance.

Donal Judd House

101 Spring Street (at Mercer Street)

+1 212 219 2747

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