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NYC – Sex, Trolls and Gangsters and Math too?

Most everyone has gone to a major museum like American Museum of Natural History and the MoMa, However, you may be missing some other smaller museums that are a little quirky and off-beat, but some of them are just downright strange. Here are just a few to add to your list.

Reverend Jen’s Lower East Side Troll Museum

DSCN2080 A small and somewhat obscure museum located in the Lower Eat Side is but one of many Museums off the beaten path. It doesn’t get much stranger (or more old-school Lower East Side) than this by-appointment-only pay-what-you-wish collection of troll dolls. Collected by local Reverend Jen, who is a self-described Gidget meets Henry Miller, the dolls are likely the largest troll collection open to the public. (By appointment only, call 212-777-2875; pay what you wish; 122-24 Orchard St. at Delancey; F, M, J, Z to Delancey/Essex; revjen.com)

This museum doesn’t feature just any ol’ troll, but specifically those crazy-haired dolls from the 1980s. A visit there will not only have you surrounded by them, but you’ll be educated on “their history, their future and the rise and fall of the troll doll market.”


Other often missed museums

They’re all quirky or off-beat.  

 Museum of Sex

233 5th Avenue, Flatiron, Manhattan This is definitely not the place you want to bring the kids to, especially if you haven’t had “the talk” with them yet. Make sure to stop at the OralFix Aphrodisiac Bar and Museum Gift Shop.  


Madame Tussauds New YorkMadameTussauds

234 West 42nd Street, Midtown West, Manhattan You’ll see pretty much every A-list celeb… in wax sculpture-form, that is. Selfies galore at this Times Square museum.




Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

234 West 42nd Street, Midtown West, Manhattan



Go to enjoy  the unexpected at all times. Next door to Madame Tussauds, Ripley has more than 5 00 rare artifacts and bizarre exhibits.

VERY TOURISTY – but fun!




Museum of the American Gangster


80 St. Marks Place, East Village, Manhattan This mob-themed museum is set up in a former speakeasy with relics dating
back to the 1920’s prohibition era. Admission is cash-only    





The Museum of Mathematics

11 East 26th Street, Flatiron, Manhattan This unusual  museum may  make Mathematics seem like the coolest thing ever! The “MoMath” has interactive exhibits that will spark interest in visitors of every age.  

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Berlin Wall Remnants, Paley Park

Paley Park on 520 Madison Avenue Talk about a secret hidden in plain sight. Five fragments of the Berlin Wall have taken up permanent residence in Paley Park on 520 Madison Avenue, but unless you bothered reading the fine print you’d just think it was a public mural. The 12 feet high slabs have been on display at the park since 1990. The colorful side facing the public is the western side; the eastern side is facing the wall and is just blank concrete (a reminder of East Germany’s oppressive regime). [no picture]

These are outside of Manhattan but easy to get to by subway or water taxi


Waterfront Barge Museum

290 Conover Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn This museum is on the water.2008-06-19_18-04-30 It’s open year-round for free tours about life at sea on Saturdays from 1pm – 5pm when the barge is docked. IKEA has Water taxi on weekends to this area. $5.00 and free weekends. Also this area (Red Hook) has great shops and eateries.


Louis Armstrong House 34-56 107th Street, Corona, Queens (718)-478-8274 Tuesday-Friday: 10am-5pm; Saturday-Sunday: 12pm-5pm Museum shown through guided 40-minute tours; tours begin every hour starting on the hour. Admission: $10; Seniors, Students, Children: $7; Member s and Children under 4: Free.

The City Reliquary, Museum and Civic Organization 370 Metropolitan Ave. Brooklyn 718-782-4842 Thurs – Sun 12-6 PM $5 suggested donation


Morbid Anatomy Museum 424A 3rd Avenue (at 7th Street), Brooklyn Wednesday through Sunday, 12-6 PM and for public lectures Free Entry (Donations Encouraged)


The Elevator Historical Society

43-39 21st Street Suite 206, Long Island City, Queens The strangest thing about this museum devoted to elevators is that you have to walk up a flight of stairs to get inside. This museum is free, but sometimes requires appointments for visits. Long island City has a lot to look at as well.





If you would prefer to visit the major museums then click here for a good site to begin your plans

One comment on “NYC – Sex, Trolls and Gangsters and Math too?

  1. What a great post, Thom! I love your top shot of the trolls! How many are on display? Or part of the collection. Yes. Great shot. Great list of museums. Making notes now. What was the Elevator museum like? Interesting! ~Theadora (I’d also like visit the Louis Armstrong House.)


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