ARTS AND CULTURE THROUGHOUT the Upper west Side

Learn all about the various museums, music venues, and cultural exhibits you can find living in the Upper West Side.

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Manhattan’s Upper West Side is brimming with artistic and cultural life. In fact, the stretch of 5th avenue along Central Park between 82nd and 105th street is referred to as the “Museum Mile.”

Amidst the background of one of NYC’s premier neighborhoods, this stretch contains some of the most renowned and celebrated art and cultural institutions in the world.

American Museum of Natural History

Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret, and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education, and exhibition. The Museum is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present a panorama of the world’s cultures.

New-York Historical Society

The New-York Historical Society was established in 1804 as New York’s first museum. Its eleven founders all lived through the turbulent years of the American Revolution and the British occupation of New York. These men believed that New York’s citizens needed to take decisive action to preserve eyewitness evidence of their own historical moment, which they recognized as important, fearing “dust and obscurity” would be the inevitable fate of accounts and artifacts if left in the hands of private individuals.

“Without the aid of original records and authentic documents,” they declared, “history will be nothing more than a well-combined series of ingenious conjectures and amusing fables.” It is in this tradition that New-York Historical has moved forward into the 21st century, offering to visitors on-site and online a vast collection of art, objects, artifacts and documents and an ongoing collecting program that aims to facilitate a broad grasp of history’s enduring importance and its usefulness in finding explanations, causes, and insights.

Spyscape

SPYSCAPE is a 21st century brand with a clear social purpose – use spy stories, experiences, and skills to illuminate the world and people’s potential.  Why Spying?  Because secretly, spies are just like us – they’re ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Spyscape uses spy stories to help you see the world more clearly and spy skills to help you see your own potential more clearly.  Fictional spies like James Bond and real ones like Oleg Penkovsky use spy skills we all possess: from empathy and risk tolerance to observation and perception. Those at SPYSCAPE  are passionate about helping develop and use these skills in your work life, love life, and social life.

Is it real? Yes. We spent years working with top psychologists and a former Head of Training at British Intelligence to perfect a unique methodology to uncover your spy skills and create your individual profile.

American Folk Art Museum

Since 1961 the American Folk Art Museum has been shaping the understanding of art by the self-taught through its exhibitions, publications, and educational programs. As a center of scholarship and by showcasing the creativity of individuals whose singular talents have been refined through experience rather than formal artistic training, the museum considers the historical, social, and artistic context of American culture. Its collection includes more than seven thousand artworks dating from the eighteenth century to the present, from compelling portraits and dazzling quilts to powerful works by living self-taught artists in a variety of mediums.

Children’s Museum of Manhattan

By creating experiences at the intersection of the arts, sciences and the humanities, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan helps children and families thrive at home, at school, and in the community. These experiences include exhibitions, classes, workshops, performances, and festivals. Based on research, evaluation, and testing, our programs and exhibits are designed to address the multiple ways children learn and to help parents understand and support their children’s development. The Museum’s special areas of focus—selected for their ability to benefit children throughout their lives—include early childhood education, creativity, health, and world cultures.

Rose Center for Earth and Space

The Rose Center for Earth and Space encompasses the spectacular Hayden Sphere and exhibitions that explore the vast range of sizes in the cosmos, the 13-billion-year history of the universe, the nature of galaxies, stars, and planets, and the dynamic features of planet Earth.

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