The Studio Museum in Harlem draws together works influenced by black culture and works by artists of African descent from around the world. Located in the heart of Harlem on 125th St., the museum has both permanent and changing exhibitions, plus weekend crafts workshops for kids and families. Sundays are FREE year-round thanks to support from Target.
King Manor in Jamaica, Queens, is a museum dedicated to preserve the historic home and legacy of Rufus King, an outspoken opponent of slavery. Born in 1755, Rufus King was a member of the Continental Congress, a framer and signer of the Constitution, one of the first Senators from New York State, the ambassador to Great Britain under four presidents, and even ran for president himself in 1816. In 1820, he delivered two of the most radical and eloquent anti-slavery speeches heard in the Senate before the Civil War. His opposition to the admission of Missouri as a slave state marked the height of his long antislavery career. His eldest son, Governor John Alsop King, also worked to restrict slavery’s expansion. For families, a great time to visit is Feb. 9, from noon to 3, when Hands-on History will feature crafts and stories about the King children.