This fine little museum isn’t just under the radar, it’s under the ground, in the basement of an office building a block from Rockefeller Center, and it’s one of NYC’s best kept secrets, steps from noisy and crowded Fifth Avenue. There’s are rotating exhibits around a theme, such as Gods and Mortals, always featuring priceless mosaics, statues and pottery from Ancient Greece, many on loan from top international museuems.
In addition to free admission, there are FREE guided tours each Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1PM by scholars of archeology and ancient history and regular family-friendly events, such as scavenger hunts to find historic tidbits around the exhibit.
The Onassis Cultural Center in NYC is funded by the Onassis Foundation, founded by the late shipping and airline magnate Aristotle Onassis, equally famous for marrying Jackie Kennedy after the 1963 assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy.
The foundation works with educational and cultural institutions throughout the USA to promote Greek culture.
- Open Monday through Saturday, 10am to 6pm. 645 Fifth Ave. at 51st St.
- Note that entrance is on 51st between Fifth and Madison Aves, not on Fifth.