Beautiful New York

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Top 10 Greatest City-Specific Museums in NYC — #10

Virtually every visitor to New York has a museum or two on their itinerary. New York is on par with London, Paris, and many other great capital cities of Europe when it comes to quality museums. And, while the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History, the Guggenheim and MoMA, are all world class museums of the very first water, none of them is especially specific to the city in which they are located. Fortunately, we are also blessed with many museums that specifically focus on New York City, its history, its culture, and its people. This is a list of the top 10 greatest museums and historic houses that concentrate specifically on New York City and the relationship of the people to the metropolis. We will reveal one per day, beginning with number 10.

The New York City Police Museum


There are few Big Apple archetypes more iconic than the NYPD police officer. Established in 1998, in the home of the department’s first modern precinct, this museums celebrates and preserves the history of the city’s law enforcement. With such exhibits as Al Capone’s tommy gun and Willy Sutton’s lock picking set, to a model jail cell, the museum also features in depth examinations of women in the police department, the changing uniform throughout history, and of course a tribute to the 9/11 response. The old precinct was hit hard during Hurricane Sandy and remains closed. But the museum has survived in temporary exhibit spaces since then. Check their website for current information.


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