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Museum of Interesting Things
Museum of Interesting Things

Museum of Interesting Things

177 Prince Street, New York, New York

The Basics

Designed to inspire, delight, and educate people of all ages, the Museum of Interesting Things displays more than 300 curios and antiques dating from 1800. You’ll find objects as diverse as mechanical toys, rare books, and quack medical instruments, to list just a few.

The easiest way to experience the Museum of Interesting Things is to book a private tour of the space that lets you focus on the items that most interest you. Alternatively, schedule a private traveling show at your preferred New York City location, or purchase a ticket to one of the museum’s regular traveling demonstrations or speakeasy-style gatherings.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Museum of Interesting Things appeals to fans of history, antiques, curios, or technology.

  • As the museum is housed in a private apartment, wheelchair and stroller accessibility is limited.

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How to Get There

The Museum of Interesting Things is situated on East 8th Street in Midtown Manhattan, just off Broadway. The nearest subway stop is 8th Street station (served by R and W trains), and the closest bus stop is East 8th Street/Mercer Street. The traveling shows happen at various NYC locations—addresses are provided on booking.

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When to Get There

If you’re scheduling a private tour of the museum, start times are typically between 10am and 6pm daily. Private traveling shows are booked for the time, date, and NYC location of your choice. Times, dates, and locations vary for the museum’s public traveling shows.

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Must-See Items at the Museum of Interesting Things

The museum’s eclectic, extensive collection means there’s something for everyone, so ask about anything that catches your eye. Fascinating objects include an Edison cylinder phonograph, a penny arcade mutoscope, and a 1970s JVC pyramid TV.

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