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Arts et Musées
Headquartered in a historic 18th Century farmhouse known as the Kingsland Homestead, The Queens Historical Society presents exhibits and tours depicting the history of this particular farm. Perhaps more importantly, it also functions as the central repository of the 300-year history of the borough. The society publishes a quarterly newsletter and offers walking tours, lectures, slide shows and exhibitions. Its library and archive of primary and secondary source material is open by appointment.
Located on the former site of the 1939 and 1964 World's Fairs, Queens Museum contains exhibits from the two Fairs, as well as broader exhibits intended to reflect the cultural diversity of Queens. Perhaps the best known attractions are the Panorama of New York City, a replica of Manhattan with more than 800,000 miniature buildings; and the Unisphere, an enormous abstract sculpture of the earth from the 1964 World's Fair, located outside the museum. Souvenirs are available at the gift shop.
Located in the Corona neighborhood of Queens, this national and city landmark was the home of New Orleans jazz icon Louis Armstrong during the latter half of his life. Today, the house also operates as a museum, where much of the house and its furnishings remain just the way Armstrong and his wife, Lucille, left it. The museum is shown only through guided tours, which last 40 minutes and begin every hour. The tour takes visitors through the house, while also playing audio clips from Armstrong's life, such as him practicing his trumpet or eating a meal, among other things. After the 40-minute tour, visitors are welcome to explore the exhibit area and a Japanese garden.
The historic Fort Totten Officers' Club is nestled in the Fort Totten. Maintained and managed by the Bayside Historical Society, this club is touted to be a historical landmark. This Gothic Revival style structure was originally the Mess Hall of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers School of Application. This classic club was revived and restored by the historical society and it hosts cultural and art events here.
Queens National Guard Armory is a storehouse of sorts where you can find all the arms and ammunition used by the army. This place attracts a modest number of visitors because of its intriguing collection. There are also many old and antique weapons here on display. This place is also a host to many events like exhibitions, small music shows and so on.
Tucked away in Queens is an old-fashioned testament to film and television. The actual studios of the one-time Paramount East Coast production house are closed, but the museum provides tours about film making where you can see makeup, costumes and well-known movie sets. There are several theaters for film screenings and a gift shop for souvenir hunters.
Located by Little Neck Bay, the Saddle Rock Grist Mill was a historic mill used to grind grain and corn. Built in the 18th Century, it is one of the only remaining tidal-powered flour mills in the nation. Now functioning as a museum on local history, it retains its original architecture including its iconic gambrel roof shape.
With a focus on increasing awareness about African art and culture, The Museum for African Art is a great place to visit to get acquainted with the rich culture. Regular exhibitions by prominent and upcoming artists, educational programs and a handicraft store of ethnic African goods; are some of the features of this culturally rich museum. Currently housed in temporary Manhattan offices, the museum awaits completion of its new home by 2009. Don't despair, as ongoing exhibitions are showing at various locations in the city and around the country. Call or check the website for more details.
Fisher Landau Center For Art is an art museum that is completely dedicated to Emily Fisher Landau's art collection. Emily is renowned for her generous donations to the various art organizations and has been a part of reputed art committees too. Her collection comprises and covers a broad spectrum of contemporary art works ranging from 1960s till present. The art pieces of Agnes Martin, Jasper Johns, Cy Twombly, John Baldessari and host of other creative artists who form the core of the art world are a part of her collection. The Fisher Landau Center For Art showcases her collection and also conducts in-depth study of the same. Formerly, entry to this center was by appointment only, but since 2003 it has regular visiting hours. So when in town, do visit this art museum and browse through some great contemporary art works. For more details, call ahead.
MoMA QNS is the new museum in Queens affiliated to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Its blue stucco exterior has transformed the swing line staple factory in which it is housed. The Museum encompasses 160,000 square feet of space with library and reading space accounting for about 25,000 square feet of the space. Home to a host of temporary and permanent exhibits and displays, this is one place you should not miss if you're an art lover. Check website for more details on current and upcoming events.
The American Merchant Marine Museum's motives are two-fold - it wishes to educate the public about America's merchant marines, as well as harbor a collection of historic Marine-related items and relics to demonstrate America's rich sea-faring heritage. There is a range of ship models to peruse, alongside some fine maritime art, artifacts and nautical instruments. Private guided tours are available from Tuesday to Friday - call ahead to enquire.
Socrates Sculpture Park was founded in 1986 when artist Mark di Suvero, along with significant others, transformed this illegal dump-yard to an open studio and exhibition center as well as a neighborhood park. This is the only site that provides a large space for artists to create and display their talent and generate interaction amongst the artists and the public. As a recognition for the exceptional contribution made by this museum to the art world, it has been honored by many awards. The park holds may activities and education programs for children to encourage their raw talent and build confidence. The park also holds a weekly farmer's market, perfect for stocking up on those healthy greens.