King Manor Museum
150-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica
Very few places in Queens showcase the breadth of history contained in New York City better than the Rufus King Manor Museum in Jamaica. The home—which belonged to Rufus King, a lawyer, abolitionist, politician and co-signer of the United States Constitution—is now a museum dedicated to educating children and adults on the “local and national history through an innovative presentation of King Manor and its collection in the context of life in Jamaica and the United States in the early 19th century.”
The museum, and the surrounding park which bears the same name, has become a staple of the Jamaica community. On most clear, sunny days, passersby will likely see the park bustling with families, residents and members of the community enjoying fresh air on the soccer field, playground and handball and basketball courts—or any other of the many amenities offered at Rufus King Park.
The museum is also known for its various weekend activities, including its Hands on History workshops that are designed to give kids a fun and creative way to learn about what life was like in 18th- and 19th-century America.