Lodging near New York’s Best Museums
Enjoying the boutique accommodations here at the Edge Hotel in Washington Heights, you’ve got tantalizing access to the finest museums in New York City—which, we may not need to underscore, rank among the finest museums in the world.
Here are some—some, we say—of your standout options as an Edge Hotel guest, starting with several of the nearest museums here in the Heights to our W. 168th Street HQ.
More than 2,000 extraordinary medieval works of art define the collections of the famous Cloisters, a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art beautifully perched above the Hudson River in Fort Tryon Park. Perhaps the defining highlight is “The Unicorn Tapestries,” comprising of seven exquisitely detailed tapestries dating from 1495 to 1505 which show the hunting and capture of a brilliant white unicorn.
Manhattan’s oldest surviving building, the Morris-Jumel Mansion was built in 1765 to serve as a summer home for Colonel Roger Morris and his wife Mary. George Washington based his operations here during the Battle of Harlem Heights in September 1776. In 1833, Vice President Aaron Burr married the widow Eliza Jumel in the house, which her former husband Stephen had purchased more than two decades before; appropriately enough, Lin-Manuel Miranda ended up writing part of his monumentally successful musical Hamilton, in which of course Burr plays a pivotal role, at the Morris-Jumel Mansion.
The mansion—mere blocks from the Edge Hotel—has been a museum since 1904, showing off period furnishings and historical artifacts.
Though it’s currently closed for renovations, it would be remiss of us not to spotlight the Hispanic Society of America Museum & Library’s outstanding collection of Spanish, Portuguese, and other Hispanic artwork, also just a hop, skip, and a jump from us here in Washington Heights.
Other World-Class Manhattan Museums
Meanwhile, a dazzling spread of museums await just a short subway or cab ride away farther down Manhattan Island. There’s the Met, of course, the country’s biggest art museum, and the Guggenheim, plus their “Museum Mile” counterparts such as El Museo del Barrio, the Africa Center (Museum for African Art), and the Museum of the City of New York, delving into all aspects of the Big Apple’s heritage. The Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney, the Asia Society, the Studio Museum of Harlem, the American Museum of Natural History—the scale and breadth of New York City’s museums is downright ridiculous, and we haven’t even mentioned the other four boroughs’ offerings…
Museum Hop Your Way Around Manhattan From the Edge Hotel
Long story short, we set you up for superlative museum-hopping here at the Edge Hotel: Come see for yourself!