Beyond the shows and auctions of Americana Week are countless other attractions of interest to a visitor. From the period rooms in the Brooklyn Museum and Metropolitan Museum of Art to the collections of City Hall and Gracie Mansion to museums, historic homes and public art. There’s such a wealth of historic and cultural attractions relating to American Art and Decorative arts that you won’t run out of things to do!

South Street Seaport Museum

South Street SeaportSouth Street South Street Seaport Museum’s galleries in historic Schermerhorn Row will reopen in late January 2012, with an open house that combines exhibitions featuring the Seaport Museum and the Museum of the City of New York’s collections alongside installations of objects that are designed and made in New York today. Map

American Folk Art Museum

Watercolor on silk, artist unidentified


AFAM, 2 Lincoln Place, NYC, is devoted to the aesthetic appreciation of traditional folk art and creative expressions of contemporary self-taught artists from the United States and abroad. The museum opens its first new exhibition in the Lincoln Square location on January 17yh.  “Jubilation/Rumination: Life, Real and Imagined” explores the s provocative tension exists between the experiential nature of early American folk art and the fantastical imagery it often displays. Map

Hudson River Museum

The Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Ave., Yonkers, NY, overlooks the Hudson River and includes changing exhibitions of art through the 21st century, regional history, and environmental science. Within the Museum complex are Glenview, a fantastic 1876 restored Hudson River home, the Planetarium, and Hudson Riverama, a permanent environmental gallery. Programs for families and seniors are offered regularly.

Grab a Metro North train to Yonkers. The Hudson River Museum is definitely worth a detour. Map

Merchant’s House Museum

New York City’s only family home preserved intact from the 19th century. Guided Tour Every Monday & Friday at 2 p.m. 29 East Fourth Street. Map

Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace

Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site is a reconstructed townhouse based on a mirror-image home that stood next door. It contains contains five period rooms, two museum galleries and a bookstore. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 28 East 20th Street, between Broadway and Park Avenue South. Map

Period Rooms at the Brooklyn Museum

The Brooklyn Museum collection includes twenty-three complete period rooms including the Jan Martense Schenck House from early Brooklyn to the Moorish Smoking Room from theThe Worsham-Rockefeller House. 200 Eastern Parkway. Map

Whitney Museum of American Art

Comprising more than 19,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, films, videos, and new media by more than 2,900 artists this collection contains some of the most significant and exciting work created by artists in the United States during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Map

National Academy Museum

The National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts, founded in New York City as the National Academy of Design – known simply as the “National Academy” – is an honorary association of American artists founded in 1825 by Samuel F. B. Morse, Asher B. Durand, Thomas Cole, Martin E. Thompson, and others “to promote the fine arts in America through instruction and exhibition.” The National Academy houses a public collection of over 7,000 works of American art from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Map

Brooklyn Historical Society

The Fine Art Collection contains approximately 400 paintings and several thousand prints, drawings and other works on paper ranging from the 17th through 20th centuries. Many of the oil paintings are hung on walls throughout the building in thematic groupings such as “Portraits of Prominent New Yorkers” on our third floor and “Historical Views of and from Brooklyn” in our first floor tile lobby. Notable works in the collection include paintings by Francis Guy, John Wesley Jarvis, John Mackie Falconer, the Bard Brothers, and 17th century drawings by Dutch traveler Jaspar Danckaerts, etchings by Joseph Pennell, and architectural studies by Francis Hopkinson Smith. Map

New York Historical Society

The New York Historical Society is newly renovated and open. A must see! Excerpted from Regina Kolbe’s article in Arts & Antiques Weekly: “Relevancy is the keyword that resonates throughout, with fine art and decorative arts, craftsmanship and innovation being the tip of an iceberg that inspires thought and conversation. In short, the renewed site is a triumph of vision.” Map

Richard Meier Model Museum

The Richard Meier Model Museum in Long Island City offers a rare glimpse into the process the architects distinguished 40-year career. The space occupies 3600-square feet and features works from the 1960’s to the present. Most prominent in the museum are large scale presentation models and study models of the Getty Center in Los Angeles, an institution widely regarded as Mr. Meier’s most ambitious project and one that required fifteen years to complete. By appointment: (212) 967-6060. Map

New York City HallNewark Museum

The American Art collection at the Newark Museum, numbering over 12,000 paintings, sculptures, works on paper and multimedia art, is one of the finest in the country. A pioneer in collecting and exhibiting American folk art, the Museum boasts outstanding examples by 19th century masters Ammi Phillips and Edward Hicks. You can also tour the The Ballantine House, a unique example of genteel urban life in Newark during the Victorian era. Period rooms and galleries are furnished with objects from the Museum’s Decorative Arts Collection, illustrating how the idea of “home” developed in the 19th century. 49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ. Map

New York City Hall

One of the oldest continuously used City Halls in the nation that still houses its original governmental functions, New York’s City Hall is considered one of the finest architectural achievements of its period. Constructed from 1803 to 1812, the building was an early expression of the City’s cosmopolitanism. Tours are available on weekdays and are offered free of charge. To make a reservation call (212) 788-2656. Tours are available on weekdays and are offered free of charge. Map