Greenwich Village attractions and museums to visit

Discover the best attractions, museums and places to visit in Greenwich Village, including Washington Square Park and AIA Center for Architecture.

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Greenwich Village is home to one of the best New York attractions—Washington Square Park—but there's more to do during the day in the neighborhood. Check out an art gallery or a free museum, and make sure to take a leisurely stroll around the quaint Village streets. We recommend Washington Mews (between Fifth Ave and University Pl above Washington Sq Park North). Built as carriage houses in the 19th century, the Mews are now owned by NYU and open to the public only during the daytime.

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Washington Square Park

  • Rated as: 4/5
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  • Free

RECOMMENDED: 50 best New York attractions The hippies who famously turned up and tuned out in Washington Square Park are still there in spirit, and indeed often in person. In warmer months the park—which was once a potter’s field—is one of the best people-watching spots in the city, hummings with musicians and street artists, while skateboarders clatter near the base of the iconic 1895 Washington Arch (a modest replica of Paris’s Arc de Triomphe). Plus, kids can splash in the area's new fountain on sweltering days.

  1. W 4th St to Waverly Pl, between MacDougal St and University Pl
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Algus Greenspon

  • Free

Veteran gallerist Mitchell Algus, famous for showing the work of outsider artists and New York natives, has teamed up with dealer Amy Greenspon, in a downtown space that opened in September 2010.

  1. 71 Morton St, between Greenwich and Hudson Sts, 10014
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Angelika Film Center

  • Price band: 1/4

When it opened in 1989, the Angelika immediately became a player in the then-booming Amerindie scene, and the six-screen cinema still puts the emphasis on edgier fare, both domestic and foreign.

  1. 18 W Houston St, at Mercer St, 10012
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AIA Center for Architecture

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice
  • Free

After five years of planning, the Center for Architecture opened to acclaim in the fall of 2003. Founded in 1867, the organization languished for years on the sixth floor of a Lexington Avenue edifice, far out of sight (and mind) for all but the most devoted architecture aficionados. After a design competition, Andrew Berman Architect was chosen to transform the space into a fitting home for architectural debate. Berman cut away large slabs of flooring at the street and basement levels, converting underground spaces into bright, museum-quality galleries. The building is New York’s first public space to use an energy-efficient geothermal system. Water from two 1,260-foor wells is piped through the building to help heat and cool it.

  1. 536 La Guardia Pl, between Bleecker and W 3rd Sts
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Forbes Galleries

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Nestled on the ground floor of the Forbes publishing headquarters in Greenwich Village, this toy trove maintains a low profile even among the most culturally savvy parents. Children can peer at the Forbes family’s personal collection of more than 500 toy boats, dating from the 1870s through the 1950s, and several thousand toy soldiers, from inch-high Aztecs battling Spanish conquistadors to jousting knights and battalions from various eras.

  1. 62 Fifth Ave, at 12th St, 10011
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Judson Memorial Church

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Founded by Baptist preacher Edward Judson in 1890, this place of worship features beautiful stained glass and old-world architecture. In addition to its religious programs, the institution has long been associated with the arts—poets, avant-garde dancers and theater performers still show work there today.

  1. 55 Washington Sq South, at Thompson St, 10012
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Cinema Village

  • Price band: 1/4
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A classic marquee that charmed Noah Baumbach long before he made The Squid and the Whale, this three-screener specializes in indie flicks, foreign films and cutting-edge documentaries.

  1. 22 E 12th St, between Fifth Ave and University Pl
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GBE (Gavin Brown's Enterprise)

  • Free

Brown always has his finger on the pulse. The London native has given starts to such contemporary art stars as Elizabeth Peyton. This informal gallery also showcases the creative output of Rob Pruitt and Peter Doig, among others.

  1. 620 Greenwich St, at Leroy St
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