Hispanic Society of America ~ The largest collection of Spanish art outside Spain fills the ornate Beaux Arts space of the Hispanic Society of America Museum & Library on the serene Audobon Terrace in far north Manhattan. http://www.lonelyplanet.com/usa/new-york-city/sights/museums-galleries/hispanic-society-america-museum-library
National Museum of the American Indian ~ This Smithsonian ex-pat, just off the historic Bowling Green and Battery Park, is neighbor to frenetic commuters and tourists heading to the Statue of Liberty but often gets missed. The National Museum of the American Indian is one of the country's finest collections of Native American art. The focus is on culture. http://www.lonelyplanet.com/usa/new-york-city/sights/museums-galleries/national-museum-american-indian
Museum of the Moving Image ~ This super-cool complex is now one of the world's top film, television and video museums. State-of-the-art galleries show off the museum's collection of 130,000-plus TV and movie artifacts, including Robert De Niro's wig from Taxi Driver, Robin Williams' space suit from Mork & Mindy and the creepy stunt doll used in The Exorcist. Free 4-8pm Friday. http://www.lonelyplanet.com/usa/new-york-city/sights/museums-galleries/museum-moving-image#ixzz2kgrBXfD9
Museum of Modern Art ~ Founded in 1929, MoMA is one of NYC’s most popular museums, home to more than 100,000 pieces of modern artwork, most by A-listers – Van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso, Warhol, Lichtenstein, Rothko, Pollock, Bourgeois and many others. Entry is free 4-8pm on Friday. Gets busy. http://www.lonelyplanet.com/usa/new-york-city/sights/museums-galleries/museum-modern-art
El Museo del Barrio ~ Facing Central Park at the top of Museum Mile, this beloved museum is one of New York’s premiere Latino institutions. In addition to a thoughtful exhibition program, El Museo has a strong permanent collection. Free the third Saturday of the month. http://www.lonelyplanet.com/usa/new-york-city/sights/museums-galleries/el-museo-del-barrio
San Diego Museum of Art, Balboa Park. They have over 10 museums at Balboa Park and you can walk down the hill to San Diego Zoo. At Balboa Park the center walkway looks out to the Pacific Ocean...very beautiful!!!