5 of New York’s Hidden Museums to Discover
Only open on the weekends, this tiny museum is located inside a freight elevator in Tribeca,
and features an eclectic collection—tightly edited, of course—of cultural artefacts that reflect
the modern age. A fascinating look at the zeitgeist, it only holds three people at a time.
2. The Troll Museum
Remember the tiny, neon-haired creatures we played with as kids? Well, there’s a whole
museum dedicated to them. The private collection of a self-described “trollologist”, it
features vintage trolls and colorful related memorabilia packed into the owner’s LES
apartment. The museum is closed right now, but we’re hoping it’s just a hiatus. In the
meantime, you can check out the images online.
3. The earth room
Sure, it’s essentially a room full of dirt, but what makes it cool is the fact that it’s in SoHo,
one of the city’s most visited precincts, and no one knows it’s there. Also, it’s technically
considered a piece of installation art by conceptual artist Walter De Maria, and has been on
display since 1980.
4. the city reliquary
You might have walked past the City Reliquary without even realizing it. Thanks to its
colorful, shop-like exterior, it blends right into this quiet corner of Williamsburg. Run by
members of the community, it’s a cool way to get a new perspective on New York City life.
5. Torah Animal World
If you’ve ever wanted to learn about the fauna featured in the Old Testament, then Torah
Animal World is the place for you. A wonderland of taxidermied animals, this unique
museum is bigger than you think, and can be a fun place to spend your weekend learning
about animals from a new perspective.