5 Fun Places to Expore in NYC

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Looking for your next adventure? Take a study-break and explore New York City! From art to tech to science to culture, Fordham students like you have the opportunity to spend the weekend exploring some of the city’s hundreds of museums, attractions, and exhibitions. What’s more, many places are free or offer discounted admission for students. 

Check out these five places that use science and tech to entertain audiences and explore the human experience.

Free Exhibitions at the NYPL

Locations (Manhattan):
Main research library: Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Ave. and 42nd St.
Library for the Performing Arts, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Blvd.
Find the branch closest to you

Cost: Free with NYPL card (available at no cost to all Fordham students)

You can find almost any book or periodical at the New York Public Library. But its 56 million item collection also has something for everyone’s interests, including photography, musical theater, and comic books!

The library offers a variety of exciting exhibitions, including the permanent Polonsky Exhibition where you can see Thomas Jefferson’s handwritten copy of the Declaration of Independence and A. A. Milne’s original stuffed animal collection of Winnie the Pooh and friends. The library’s special events educate audiences and celebrate NYC culture, and they also provide unique access to the extensive collections of the NYPL’s research centers. In addition to various rotating pop-ups, you can also celebrate Black voices at the Black comic book exhibition or honor the legacy of Betty White. You can also research your next paper in the Rose Main Reading Room during your visit!

All you need to gain access is a NYPL card, which is free for all Fordham students! Don’t have a library card yet? Apply online today

ARTECHOUSE

Location: 439 W 15th St, Manhattan (Below Chelsea Market)

Cost: $20 with student discount

ARTECHOUSE is an innovative experimental art destination that employs science and tech to create immersive audiovisual experiences. ARTECHOUSE consists of multiple different rooms that use sound, space, projections, colors, animation and more. Guests are encouraged to stay and relax in each room and take in the complete sensory experience before moving on. The current exhibition, “Trust,” explores relationships in our data-driven world. It runs until May 30.

New York Hall of Science

Location: 47-01 111th Street, Queens

Cost: $13 with student discount

Whether you’re a STEM-lover or science averse, the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) will be a hit. More than a museum, NYSCI invites guests to ponder the science all around us with over 400 interactive displays for all ages. Here you can craft wacky cars in the design lab, explore emotions and happiness, and grow flowers in an immersive virtual ecosystem. 

Museum of the Moving Image

Location: 36-01 35th Ave., Queens

Cost: $11 with student discount

Ever wonder how your favorite movie or television show was made? The Museum of the Moving Image is dedicated to all aspects of film, including production, technique, history, technology, art, and more. The museum offers the nation’s largest collection of items related to the moving image, and displays over 1,000 of these artifacts in its interactive exhibitions. Whether you prefer classic cinema like Elizabeth Taylor or modern fan favorites like Star Trek and The Simpsons, the Museum of the Moving Image’s large scope and unique presentation is sure to impress.

American Museum of Natural History

Location: 200 Central Park West, Manhattan, NY, 10024

Cost: $18 with student discount, or pay what you wish for NY, NJ, CT residents

At the intersection of science and the human experience is the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). For over 150 years, AMNH has explored and shared knowledge about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe. For animal and nature enthusiasts, the museum offers extensive collections on mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians and more. Or you can discover your origins at the human cultural halls which highlight the development of ancient societies. Some of the museum’s most interesting features include its current special exhibition “Sharks,” a near complete Tyrannosaurus rex, a rock diamond collection, and the Rose Center for Earth and Space.

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