Located in a 12-square-block historic district on the East River, the site of the original port of New York, the museum includes a re-creation of a 19th-century print shop, and two early-20th-century ships, the Peking and the Ambrose, that you can board on Pier 16.
Favorite feature: The 1940 painting New Amsterdam 1660. Based on Dutch records, it re-creates a country landscape with small houses and open space thats hard to reconcile with todays metropolis.
12 Fulton St., 212-748-8600, southstreetseaportmuseum.org. Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (times change in November). Adults $10, students $8, ages 5-11 $5, under 5 and museum members free.