QCulture: Queens Culture Shines Through Museums

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Queens Museum, Sculpture Center, Socrates
Sculpture Park, and the Voelker Orth Museum
(see below).


While many museum-goers visit New York City to see some of Manhattan’s well-known cultural institutions, Queens has its fair share of great cultural institutions, especially when it comes to museums. Here is a sampling of some of the great places to visit that Queens has to offer.

116-09 Queens Blvd., Forest Hills
(718) 813-3098
Hours: Monday to Thursday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Closed on Saturdays
Established in 1987, Go-Antiques specializes in art from all parts of the world, including American, Italian, Russian and much more. You can buy the available art at the store or just look at it if you enjoy artwork. They also have clocks, jewelry, chandeliers and much more for visitors to check out.

405 Klapper Hall, Queens College
65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing
(718) 997-4747
Hours: Monday to Thursday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fridays and Sundays: Closed
The Godwin-Ternbach Museum is a not-for-profit art institution on the campus of Queens College. It opened in 1980, as a host site for the college’s various works of art it acquired. It is now part of the Kupferberg Center for the Arts. Featuring a permanent collection of 5,000 objects from all cultures, the venue hosts an array of exhibitions as cultural and educational vehicles for students and visitors.

The museum will kick off the new semester with an exhibit on Andy Warhol’s photo-aesthetic on Sept. 11. You can also catch its Art of South America display through the month of August.

Broad Channel
(718) 318-4340
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Jamaica Bay Wildlife refuge is a bird sanctuary with more than 330 bird species, making it a must-see for bird and animal enthusiasts.

There is also a variety of events ongoing at the Bay throughout August, including the Idlewild Park Paddle on Aug. 20 and the 9th annual Shorebird Festival on Aug. 23. For the paddle, you will be able to explore the salt marsh near the bay in a two-mile trip on the water. There will also be birding activity at the site as well.

The annual shorebird festival allows bird enthusiasts to gather for the peak of the shorebird migration, which is a group of North American birds that return to their birthplace after leaving for the warm weather of Central and South America during the winter months.

161-04 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica
(718) 658-7400
Hours: Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Jamaica Center for the Arts and Learning is a nonprofit organization that offers visual, performing and literary arts, arts education and artist programs to encourage participation in the arts and to contribute to the cultural enrichment of Queens and the Greater Metropolitan Area.

The William P. Miller Jr. Gallery at JCAL offers three to four exhibitions each year in its newly renovated gallery. The gallery is open free of charge to the public during operating hours. Visit for a full listing of JCAL’s Art Center Workshops that run through Aug. 16.

90-04 161st St., Jamaica
(718) 206-0545
Hours: Thursday and Friday: Noon to 2 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
King Manor Museum is an historic house museum that was founded in 1900 to preserve and interpret the home and legacy of Rufus King. The museum’s mission is to involve and educate children and adults in 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 will be hosting Hands-on-History: Play Time on Aug. 9 from 12-3 p.m.

Learn about and play traditional games from the 19th century. Play some hoop and stick and graces in King Manor’s backyard, then cool off with quiet, indoor games.

On Aug. 15-16 from 12-4 p.m., King Manor is having Craftsmen Days, where visitors can meet artisans and watch demonstrations of 19th century crafts. Learn about broom making, tinsmithing, woodturning and more. There will also be traditional music featuring instruments like the hammered dulcimer, fiddle and banjo. Tour King Manor and see rarely-displayed crafts from the collection.

35-56 107th St., Corona
(718) 478-8274
Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday Noon to 5 p.m.
Louis Armstrong, an internationally renowned musician and one of the fathers of jazz, settled in Corona with his wife Lucille in 1943. No one has lived in the house since Satchmo, and the house remains largely in the same state it did during his lifetime.

Visitors to the Louis Armstrong House Museum will hear audio clips from the trumpeter’s homemade recordings, view his Japanese-inspired garden and examine artifacts such as manuscripts, clothing and his gold-plated trumpet. The museum gives historic house tours every day, every hour on the hour.

22-25 Jackson Ave., Long Island City.
(718) 784-2084
Hours: Thursday through Monday: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Located in a former school building and maintaining much of its original architecture, MoMA PS1 is one of the nation’s largest contemporary art institutions. PS1 formally merged with New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 2000, and today remains dedicated to displaying the most experimental art from across the globe.
Exhibitions currently on display include surveys of work by James Lee Byars and Maria Lassnig, as well as Gavin Kenyon’s first museum solo exhibition. Also at PS1, the Warm Up music series brings experimental live music to the museum’s outdoor space. For more information on Warm Up, visit

36-01 35th Ave., Astoria
(718) 784-0077
Hours: Wednesday and Thursday: 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday: 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
During World War II, when Kaufman Astoria Studios was owned and operated by the U.S. Army, the building currently housing the Museum of the Moving Image was used to process film and repair cameras. Today, with the mission to explore every phase of film production, the museum displays artifacts from this early period as well as regular screenings and exhibitions on film technique, design and history.

Exhibitions currently on display include “Lights, Camera, Astoria!,” which traces the history of Kaufman Astoria Studios, the East Coast filmmaking nucleus since the silent era.

47-01 111th St., Corona
(718) 699-0005
Hours: Monday to Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Queens’ premiere science museum is the New York Hall of Science, located on the edge of Flushing Meadows Corona Park. It was established as part of the 1964 World’s Fair. Besides including unique sculptures from that period, the museum is also home to the Mercury-Atlas and Gemini-Titan rockets, relics of the Space Age.

Although many of the facilities’ programs are geared towards children, adults can also find much to enjoy in its varied exhibits. Two of the biggest programs are the museum’s Design Lab and its outdoor science playground. Both allow attendees to experiment and learn how things work, particularly concerning the STEM subjects.

9-01 33rd Road, Long Island City
(718) 204-7088
Hours: Wednesday to Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
This museum was founded and designed by Isamu Noguchi, the renowned 20th century artist whose work spanned several mediums and schools of thought and brought him across the globe.

Today, the museum holds the most extensive collection of the artist’s work, which includes not only sculpture but also architectural models, stage designs, drawings and decor.

73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Floral Park
(718) 347-3276
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., every day
This 47-acre site, where the museum now sits, dates back to 1697. It is the City’s largest remaining tract of undisturbed parkland and the longest continuously farmed site in the State. The site also features a greenhouse complex, livestock, farm vehicles and implements, planting fields, an orchard, herb garden and vineyard. The Adriance Farmhouse is a City landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places.

The farm museum offers several educational programs for both schools and adults. Adults can take part in an annual tree-pruning workshop, a composting workshop and a historic tour.

Queens Museum is one of the Borough’s most popular destination and features renowned visual art and education.

Queens Museum is one of the Borough’s most popular destination and features renowned visual art and education.

New York City Building
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
(718) 592-9700
Hours: Wednesday through Sunday: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Located in the heart of the Borough, the Queens Museum presents high-quality visual arts and educational programming, with many of its exhibits meant to appeal to the diverse residents of Queens. The building the museum is in has a storied history, as it was built for the 1939 World’s Fair and hosted the United Nations General Assembly from 1946 to 1950.

This summer, the museum is hosting a few exhibits to celebrate the anniversaries of the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs. The most recent addition, “Behind the Curtain: Collecting the New York Fairs,” will display little known artifacts and souvenirs drawn from national and regional private collections, as well as the museum’s own.

While you are there, visit the museum’s best-known exhibit, the Panorama of the City of New York, featuring more than 895,000 structures that map out all five boroughs. The exhibit is continuously being updated as new buildings, such as Citi Field, come into existence.

Katrin Sigurdardottir’s “Foundation” at Sculpture Center in Long Island City.

Katrin Sigurdardottir’s “Foundation” at Sculpture Center in Long Island City.


44-19 Purves St., Long Island City
(718) 361-1750
Hours: Thursday through Monday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Located in a former trolley repair shop, Sculpture Center was designed by renowned artist Maya Lin, and like its neighboring sculpture museums, it offers outdoor exhibition space. Sculpture Center works with both emerging and established artists to bring experimental and innovative contemporary sculpture to its audiences.

Pawel Althamer’s “Queen Mother of Reality” Socrates Sculpture Park.

Pawel Althamer’s “Queen Mother of Reality” Socrates Sculpture Park.


32-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City
(718) 956-1819
Hours: 10 a.m. to sunset, every day
Socrates is a nearly five-acre outdoor space dedicated to sculpture. Works on display that end their run Sunday include Zilvinas Kempinas’ “Scarecrow,” a shimmering installation of poles and ribbons, and the park’s largest installation to date.

Besides its collection, Socrates offers wide-ranging educational and cultural programming, from outdoor movies, to kayaking at Hallets Cove, to free Yoga, to sculpture workshops. For a full calendar of events and classes, visit

1820 Flushing Ave., Ridgewood,
(718) 456-1776
Hours: Saturdays 1 – 5 p.m.  
Also open by appointment.
The Vander Ende-Onderdonk House, located in Ridgewood, is the oldest Dutch Colonial stone house in New York City. Back in 1709, Paulus Vander Ende bought the land and built the house that sits there today. It served as a marker in a 1700s boundary dispute between Newtown in Queens and Brooklyn’s Bushwick areas.

Exhibits that are ongoing at Onderdonk include “Unearthed at the Onderdonk House – Artifacts from the 1970 Archaeological Investigations.” It shows photos of artifacts found at Onderdonk and from other colonial houses on Flushing Avenue.

The Voelker Orth Museum

The Voelker Orth Museum

149-19 38th Ave., Flushing
(718) 359-6227
Hours: Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: Closed
The Voelker Orth Museum, Bird Sanctuary and Victorian Garden is located in the former home of Conrad Voelcker, who emigrated from Germany in 1881. More than a century old, this house has been the home of a single family for nearly its entire history and has changed little since the days of Conrad Voelcker. Today, the museum preserves the cultural and horticultural heritage of Flushing and its continuous changes.

Among the programs that the museum holds are concerts, science and history programs for students and Shakespeare in the Garden.