18. National Museum of Mathematics

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The National Museum of Mathematics enhances our knowledge of mathematical patterns through engaging exhibitions and programming. An interested party known as “the working group” decided to open the museum in 2008 after closing Long Island‘s Goudreau Museum, a small museum dedicated to mathematics. This group wanted to go above and beyond what the Goudreau did and included more hands-on programming, considering there was no other mathematics museum in the United States.

Since its opening, MoMath has brought in over a million international guests. It opened Manhattan’s only hands-on science center, leading Math Encounters and Family Fridays events, and setting up extensive exhibitions on the beauty of math. MoMath has also created the largest public outdoor demonstration of the Pythagorean Theorem ever. The museum is now considered an official educational charter in the state of New York. MoMath is located at 11 East 26th Street, and it’s open daily from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.