There are dozens of museums in New York City and each of them is worth a visit. However, many of these amazing places are overlooked because they are outshined by the Met, MoMA, and other top attractions of the “Big Apple”. However, if you want to step off the beaten path and tour some of the NYC less famous gems, add the following places to your itinerary.

1. Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Do you want to go inside an authentic aircraft carrier of the World War 2 era? If the answer is “Yes!”, visiting the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is exactly what you need. On board the docked ship, you’ll also find a variety of helicopters and fighter jets. While touring the insides of the ship, you’ll be able to see how the crew lived there only scant seven decades prior. That would be quite an eye-opening experience.

And to make your visit even more interesting, after descending into the bowels of the ship, you’ll get a chance to explore a submarine. The Growler is the only missile submarine open for visiting by the public. But be advised that people who have issues with tiny spaces shouldn’t set a foot into a submarine. Those things are tiny on the inside.

2. Holocaust Museum

If you want to learn more about the not-so-positive side of history, you should visit the Holocaust Museum. It’s a place that will show you horrors that humanity is capable of. However, it will also show you resilience the likes of which you couldn’t have even imagined.

The Holocaust Museum hosts a variety of events and exhibits, so here you can learn not only about the horrific genocide that happened during World War 2 but also about Jewish culture, art, and history. There are tours for all ages, so you can visit with kids and experienced guides will help you teach them about the war and atrocities of it.

3. Museum of the Moving Image

Movie buffs and everyone who loves cinema or simply wants to visit a museum that offers lots of entertainment are sure to love the Museum of the Moving Image. There you can not only learn about the history of cinema and see a variety of props from ionic movie sets. You can also watch movies, screened there regularly.

The museum hosts many interesting events, including workshops for those who want to learn how to make their own movies. There are also many exhibits and some of the films you can see in the museum are hard to find anywhere else. There are also playable video games included in the main exhibit, so you definitely won’t get bored.

4. American Folk Art Museum

The most important thing you need to know about the American Folk Art Museum is that it’s definitely not a place stuffed with dusty shawls and wooden figurines. There are some of those as well, because you can’t have a folk art museum that doesn’t feature some arts-and-crafts projects of old.

However, the majority of the exhibits are works of independent artists who are self-taught and exceptionally talented. The exhibits vary greatly and show you art that’s not refined by class, as opposed to many pieces you’ll see at top galleries. There are also many events and performances by contemporary artists.

5. El Museo del Barrio

Go to the Spanish Harlem to get immersed in the multi-colored, sunny and passionate world of Latin American art. El Museo del Barrio is like a piece of bright sunshine that you can bask in even on cold rainy days in New York. There are 6,500 pieces in the permanent exhibit and many more fascinating pieces in the temporary ones.

Some to this museum to not only admire a different kind of art. Here you can also enjoy fantastic chili and tacos and join many interesting events.