Top 5Reasons to Stay
Meadowlands MuseumAn early 19th century stone farmhouse houses the Meadowlands Museum, the brainchild of a Rutherford PTA group in 1960. The impressive collection was culled from local donations. Admission is always free, but donations are warmly accepted. The museum is closed for renovations until the end of 2013, so please call ahead at (201) 935-1175. (17.2 miles; 91 Crane Ave., Rutherford, NJ 07070)
New Jersey Naval MuseumThe most famous exhibit at the New Jersey Naval Museum is the USS Ling, a 312-foot World War II submarine. The Ling is open for guided tours, while other popular sights include a SEAL delivery vehicle and Vietnam War-era Patrol Boat. (13.3 miles; 78 River St., Hackensack, NJ 07601)
Liberty Science CenterLocated in Liberty State Park in Jersey City, Liberty Science Center is a 300,000-sq-ft. space that houses 12 museum halls, 110 species of live animals, massive aquariums, the largest IMAX Dome in the U.S., wind simulators, and more. It's one of the most fun educational adventures in the Garden State. (35 miles; 222 Jersey City Blvd., Jersey City, NJ 07305)
Teterboro Aviation Hall of FameIn honor of New Jersey's contributions to aeronautical history, the Teterboro Aviation Hall of Fame is full of historic aircraft, artifacts, pictures, art, and models. If you want to watch planes in action, there are 3,500 volumes of videotapes in the library as well. (14.2 miles; 400 Fred Wehran Dr., Teterboro, NJ 07608)
Museums in New YorkAs the cultural capital of the United States, New York City is home to some of the most renowned museums in the world. The most notable include
The Museum of Natural History– 4 floors and several city blocks of exhibits tracing back to the birth of planet earth.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met)– Art from all of human history fills this impressive space, with halls dedicated to Ancient Greece, Egypt, Rome, the Renaissance, and more.
The Guggenheim– Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the museum itself is a marvel. It also features work from modern greats like Braque, Kandinsky, Miro, Picasso, and Van Gogh.
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)– Known equally for its collection of over 100,000 pieces and hip store, MoMA is a necessary stop on any NYC museum tour.
The Cloisters– With an amazing view of the Hudson River, the Cloisters displays art and architecture from medieval Europe in a uniquely peaceful northern Manhattan location.