Museums: "The Met," as New Yorkers affectionately call it, is our Louvre. Its gargantuan halls of Egyptian, Roman, Greek discoveries never cease to capture the imagination. Docents lead guided tours, or venture on your own with audio headsets. Lectures and Friday-night concerts transform the mezzanine into a perfect date venue. The Cloisters, housed in Fort Tyron Park in Northern Manhattan is home to the museum's incomparable medieval art collection including the enigmatic Unicorn tapestries. Both museums boast fabulous shopping opportunities particularly post-Christmas sales. Just when you thought the "The Met" could not get bigger or better, it will soon take over the Whitney's former digs at the Breuer Building on Madison Ave. and 75th St.; The Met Breuer will debut March 18, 2016. Located on Fifth Avenue and 82nd Street; 212-535-7710 TRAINS 4, 5, 6 to 86th St.
Local Expert Maria Lisella Says:
Museums: "Ask about free daily guided tours and same-week admission to Cloisters Museum and Gardens. Save time with advance ticketing online or through Expedia or Travelocity."
Best for Museums Because: This grande dame of museums is home to more than two million works of art from the Temple of Dendur to the Rooftop Garden.