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Apollo Theater
1. Apollo Theater of Harlem

3. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of Art

4. Dinosaur on display at the American Museum of Natural History (NYC)


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7. Ground Zero Exhibit at the New York State Museum in Albany

Adirondack Museum
8. Adirondack Museum in Blue Mt. Lake

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9. National Baseball Hame of Fame in Cooperstown

10. Ammonite on display at the Museum of the Earth

12. Chautauqua Tower on the grounds of the world-famous Chautauqua Insitute

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New York State Culture:

You can't make a mistake in the Empire State!

New York is a state that takes its art, music, and literature seriously. It's hard to go anywhere in the state without finding some kind of a cultural museum or performing arts center. We have selected our twelve favorite places to go to experience the finer points in life. It's not meant to be an inclusive list, so if you disagree with our choices that's fine. Just get out there and experience New York culture today!

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Here is a short description of each of the twelve cultural gems of New York:

1. The Apollo Theater: This Harlem landmark has been the center ofAfrican-American culture since the early 20th century. Most of the best musicians made their debut performances here. The Apollo’s influence on American music cannot be overstated. For more information visit: http://www.apollotheater.com/index.asp

2. The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Certainly one of the premier cultural institutions in the world, the “Met” has an incredible collection of art, ranging from Egyptian sculptures to Monet’s landscapes. No trip to NYC is complete without seeing this amazing museum. Visit their website to find out what special exhibitions are in town: http://www.metmuseum.org/
3. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum: This museum (pictured at the left) is nearly as famous for its architect (Frank Lloyd Wright) as for its collection of modern art. The spiraling gallery enhances the experience. Website: http://www.guggenheim.org/new_york_index.shtml

4. The American Museum of Natural History: On the other side of Central Park lies another New York landmark. Not only are there displays of life (including dinosaurs) from all over the globe, but you can also enjoy a star show at the Hayden Planetarium. Don’t miss the Rose Center, a wonderful resource for physical geography. Visit them online at http://www.amnh.org

5. Planting Fields Aboretum State Historic Park: Located near Oyster Bay (Long Island) is a garden encyclopedia. Not only are the gardens beautiful for their exquisite blending of color and texture, but you will also learn about plants that will grow in your own yard. Remember that horticulture is an artform, too.

6. Olana: This fascinating Persian mansion was built by Frederic Church, one of the great artists of the Hudson School. From the grounds you get some great views of the Hudson Valley and the Catskills beyond. Some great artwork is also on display as you tour the home.

7. The New York State Museum: Located on the Mall in Albany, this museum has great displays on the Empire State, especially New York City and the Adirondacks. The most poignant section is devoted to the tragedy of 9/11 (see photo at the left).

8. The Adirondack Museum: Nestled in the Central Adirondacks overlooking beautiful Blue Mountain Lake is the best place to learn about the challenging lives residents have in these beautiful mountains. It is also a great place to bring kids, since they have special engaging activities especially for them.

9. National Baseball Hall of Fame: Any fan knows the importance of Cooperstown to the game of baseball. Not only are the best players of all time enshrined here, but the diplays about the National Pastime are interesting to even the most casual fan. Maybe football is more popular, but no sport has more history and more cultural tradition than baseball.
10.  Museum of the Earth: This is one of New York’s newest museums, opening in 2003. You might not think a science museum is cultural, but this museum displays the fossils of ancient life in the Northeast that rival any art gallery. You see this from the start, and you pass by the geologic timeline. (Pictured at left: ammonites, extinct molluscs related to squids and octopus).

11. The George Eastman House: This mansion on East Avenue in Rochester was the home of the founder of Kodak and modern photography. Not only has his home and garden been restored to their original beauty, but it also contains one of the largest collections of photographs and motion pictures in the world. The Dryden Theatre shows classic movies that often can’t be seen anywhere else.

12. The Chautauqua Institution: This has been a popular summer cultural experience for over a century now. People come here from all over the world to learn about an incredible variety of topics. You can visit for a day or stay for the season.

Great places to go to see New York Geography up close and personal. 

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