The Most Unusual Museums in New York City

New York City, Museums, Attractions, Things to do, Museum of Ice Cream

There are plenty of reasons to visit New York City—to see famous landmarks, such as the Empire State Building, to eat the popular $1 pizza or to go shopping at high-end stores. Another reason is to visit the awesome museums.

New York City is home to some world-class museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History. People fly from all over the world to see the unique exhibits and priceless artworks in these museums. But, did you know that New York City is also home to some unusual museums?

Keep reading to find out more!



Mmuseumm is one of New York City’s most unusual museums, not just because of its contents, but because of its location as well. Mmuseumm is a tiny museum housed in a New York freight elevator.

The museum features hundreds of everyday objects organized into 17 world-wandering exhibitions. Some objects in past exhibits have included: the shoe thrown at George W. Bush at the Minister’s Palace in Baghdad and a plastic glove from Paradise Valley, Montana. Each year, the collection is replaced with a new one.

Mmuseum is located at 4 Cortlandt Avenue, New York, NY 10013. It’s open on weekends and visible 24/7 through viewing windows.

Museum of Ice Cream

You’ve heard of an ice cream store, but have you heard of an ice cream museum? Well, there’s one in New York City!

Unlike most museums, The Museum of Ice Cream encourages you to touch its contents. In fact, The Museum of Ice Cream contains 13 multi-sensory installations across three floors. So, you can also slide on the epic slide, play in the world’s largest sprinkle pool and taste the exhibits. That’s right—there are sweet treats offered along the way.

Currently, The Museum of Ice Cream has 7 new flavors including peanut butter with salted pretzels and tropical mango with a hint of spicy chili.

The Museum of Ice Cream is located at 558 Broadway, New York, NY 10012.

Museum of the American Gangster

Have you ever been curious about gangs? If so, you’re in luck. The Museum of the American Gangster aims to showcase the role that crime has played in shaping the politics and culture of New York City. It shows the rise and fall of the American mob and gangsters.

The museum’s collection of memorabilia includes John Dillinger’s death masks and bullets from the Saint Valentine’s Day massacre investigation.

The Museum of the American Gangster is located in a former speakeasy. Starting in the museum, and going into the bar downstairs, and theatre next door, you will learn about the historic building that houses the museum.

The Museum of the American Gangster is located at 80 St Marks Place, New York, NY 10003-8194.

The City Reliquary

Stepping into The City Reliquary is a bit like stepping into a souvenir shop in New York City. The museum holds all things New York.

An old light from the Statue of Liberty’s torch and a chunk of stone that fell off the Flatiron Building are two of the many objects you’ll find in this quirky museum’s permanent collection.

The museum has a rotating exhibition hall and a gift shop modeled after a vintage dime store. It also hosts a range of interesting events, from concerts to art shows.

The City Reliquary is located at 370 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211.

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