• As the space shuttle Enterprise welcomes guests, check out some of NYC's lesser known museums

    2013-07-15

    Hurricane Sandy had a significant impact on much of the East Coast when it struck last October. Beach side towns were heavily damaged, while many popular tourist draws had to undergo significant repairs. Such was the case with the Statue of Liberty, which just re-opened July 4. Another attraction just welcomed tourists once again after a nine-month layoff. The space shuttle Enterprise, which came to New York last July, saw its first visitors since the storm left the temporary structure surrounding the craft significantly damaged, Space.com reports.

    The Enterprise is part of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, which is located on a former aircraft carrier. NASA donated the famous shuttle to the museum in 2012, and although it never made it into orbit, it did play a significant role in the development of the country's space program. Now that visitors to the Big Apple can fully experience the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, it may encourage them to seek out some of the city's other lesser known museums. Here are some of the best:

    Museum of the Moving Image
    New York City has played a central role in countless films, and you can get a look at the history behind many of them at the Museum of the Moving Image. Located in Queens, this impressive museum not only offers visitors a history lesson, but it also affords you the chance to catch a film in its state-of-the-art theater, which opened its doors for the first time in 2011.

    The Brooklyn Museum
    The Big Apple is home to many an impressive art museum, but The Brooklyn Museum often gets overlooked for its brethren on Manhattan. However, its expansive 560,000-square-foot floor plan contains an estimated 1.5 million works - the second-largest in the city. The museum's highlight is arguably its Egypt galleries, which contains pieces that date as far back as 5,000 years.

    The Skyscraper Museum
    Given that it's so famous for its towering skyscrapers, one would think New York's Skyscraper Museum would get more publicity. However, despite the fact that it's relatively unknown, the Skyscraper Museum is nonetheless one of the most unique attractions in the city. It gives you a detailed look at the people who helped shape the city's iconic skyline.

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