Upper West Side, Harlem and North

CommunityWalk Map - Museums of the Upper West Side, Harlem and Nothern ManhattanUpper West Side Museums Visited:
Art Museums:
The Cloisters Museum and Gardens
Branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art specializing in the art and architecture of medieval Europe. The amazing building is partially built from the ruins of five beautifully carved medieval French abbeys, brought over from Europe stone-by-stone.  The museum contains thousands of pieces, but may be most famous for the carvings from the tomb of a knight of the Crusades, and the gigantic Flemish tapestries depicting the Hunt of the Unicorn.  The museum also maintains three medieval-styled gardens and is located in semi-forested Fort Tryon park on the cliffs overlooking the Hudson river.
     Museum Rating: Pauline: 10, Paul: 10 (out of 10). 
Breathtaking museum of Spanish art with a lovely central gallery of carved wood and terra cotta and a high quality collection that includes the masters of Spanish painting, such Diego Velazques, de Goya and El Greco.  The museum also has an amazing room of paintings of turn-of-the-century rural Spain by Joaquin Sorolla (a Spanish impressionist), and beautiful examples of Islamic and Christian sculpture and pottery from the middle ages.
     Museum Rating: Pauline: 10, Paul: 9 (out of 10). 

Small museum founded by the American Bible Society.  The museum takes an educational and religiously neutral approach to the bible, viewing it as an important source of stories and symbolism in western art.  Exhibits cover a wide variety of art with biblical context, from medieval to modern.  Museum also exhibits rotating selections of the society's large collection of historical bibles.
     Museum Rating: Pauline: 6, Paul: 6 (out of 10).  

History/Historical Buildings:
Large distinctive museum devoted to the history of New York.  The first floor has detailed, well researched rotating exhibits of local or national interest, while the upper floors contain a large painting collection, including a breathtaking gallery of Hudson River School paintings.  The top floor houses the Luce Center, a treasure trove of 40,000 artifacts crammed into what looks like gigantic attic.  The Luce Center collection is extremely diverse, and varies from Tiffany lamps to historic silverware, and from Audubon watercolors to children's toys of the last century. 
     Museum Rating: Pauline: 8, Paul: 9 (out of 10).  

Morris-Jumel Mansion
Manhattan's oldest house, located in small park on a hilltop.  The house served as headquarters to both sides during the Revolutionary War.  At the conclusion of the war, a victorious George Washington returned to the house and dinned with his cabinet, which included 3 future presidents: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and John Quincy Adams.  Another noteworthy resident was Eliza Jumel, a former prostitute turned New York socialite and wife to Aaron Burr.
     Museum Rating: Pauline: 4, Paul: 4 (out of 10).  
Performing Arts Museums:
Small gallery space in the New York Library for the Performing Arts: a specialized branch of the New York Public Library located in Lincoln Center.  The library has one of the world's largest collections of materials on the performing arts and regularly stages atmospheric multi-media exhibits on famous performers that are well worth the time.
     Museum Rating: Pauline: 8, Paul: 8 (out of 10).

Science Museums:
American Museum of Natural History
One of the greatest museums of natural history in the world, with over 30 million items.  It's most famous for its gigantic fossil collection, particularly dinosaurs.  The Hall of Gems and Minerals is also justly famous for its large, exotic collection, including the Star of India, the Patricia Emerald and a 600 lb topaz.  The nearby Hall of Meteorites includes the largest meteorite on display in the world.  Full-scale dioramas dominate the Halls of African, Asian and North American mammals.  The museum also has extensive archeological and anthropological exhibits from cultures in Africa, Central and South America, North America and the Pacific Islands.  There are daily space shows at the Hayden Planatarium and temporary exhibits cover diverse scientific topics, such as the "Butterfly Conservatory", "The Brain: The Inside Story", and "The Great Inca Road".  In short, this is not a museum that most people can see in a single day, but its definitely worth a look
     Museum Rating: Pauline: 10, Paul: 9 (out of 10).

Museums of the Upper West Side,
Harlem and Northern Manhattan     
    Type       Cost     Pauline's
Bard Graduate Center Art $5 - -
Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery Art ? - -
Nicholas Roerich Museum Art ? - -
American Academy of Arts and Letters Art - Culture Free - -
Hispanic Society of America Art - Culture Free 10 9
Studio Museum in Harlem Art - Culture $7 - -
The Cloisters Museum and Gardens* Art - Medevial $15 10* 10*
Museum of Biblical Art Art - Religious $7 6 6
National Museum of Catholic Art and History Art - Religious ? - -
Columbia Rare Book & Manuscript Library   Books/Manuscripts   ? - -
Children's Museum of Manhattan Children's $10 - -
Children's Museum of the Native American Children's $5 - -
Cathedral of St. John the Divine Historic Building $5 - -
Dyckman House Historic Building $1 - -
Morris-Jumel Mansion Historic Building $5 4 4
National Track and Field Hall of Fame History $5 - -
New-York Historical Society History $12 8 9
National Jazz Museum in Harlem Performing Arts ? - -
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Performing Arts Free 8 8
American Museum of Natural History Science $16+ 10 9
                                                                 + indicates additional cost for special exhibits

*Best Museum of the Upper West Side and Northern Manhattan: 
The Cloisters