Expat - New York · Middle East

Our Cultural Day Out in Manhattan

Our “Cultural Day Out” involved Husband and I utilizing our NYCID cards (which gives us an annual membership to loads of cultural institutions). I planned a big day out for us which started at 9:30am and ended sometime after 6pm.


First up, after we grabbed some breakfast (of course), we walked from the coffee shop to the American Museum of Natural History – approximately 25 blocks.

We walked around the dinosaur exhibit area (level 4) for a little while before going to see the “Life at the Limits” exhibit which we receive comp entry for. All I can say is that I am so glad they were comp’ed because the exhibit was pretty sucky.
Overall, I was disappointed with my visit to the American Museum of Natural History. It was just so dated.


Next up, we walked through Central Park, across to the Metropolitan Museum of Art (The MET).

Central Park

On our walk we walked past the Belvedere Castle so I took a photo. Yep, it’s the closest thing to Hogwarts I have right now.

Upon arrival of The MET, there was an A cappella group singing at the front of the steps. Their beautiful voices, coupled with the gorgeous weather just reminded me on how good life was.

We walked around only one level of The MET since it was humongous and we had one more museum to go to before the day was out.
I think my favourite display would be in the European Sculptures and Decorative Arts.

I was extremely impressed with the MET and can’t wait to go again. It is by far one of my favourite museums.

And the last museum on our list was the Museum of the City of New York.


This museum was really interesting and if you ever have the chance to visit, I highly recommend the 22 minute Timescapes video. I learnt so much within those 22 minutes than all the NYC travel books I have ever read.
For example, I didn’t know that Manhattan came from the name the Native Americans gave it – Mannahatta. And a lot of the other areas come from the original names. I also didn’t know the Dutch were the first settlers of New York and bought the land off the native American Indians for 60 guilders, which equates to roughly $24 today. I also didn’t know that the Dutch then surrendered the land over to the English without any bloodshed. And I learnt that some of the names of streets which exist today, came from back in history such as Canal Street, Wall Street and Prince Street. And I also learnt why the grid system starts only past one point (original roads mainly built by Dutch, and when the English talked about expansion, the grid system was proposed and rolled out).

New York back in the ages

Fortunately, that museum was the last one for the day.
By the end of the day, we had walked close to 20,000 steps and we were exhausted. Husband complained of sore calves the next day. I was fine as my Sketchers were fairly comfortable.

Next up – a day out in the Bronx.

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