Points of Interest
In between sessions during the Forum, we hope you'll have a chance to explore some of the sights on and off the Columbia campus.
On Columbia's Campus
Low Memorial Library - Visitor's Center
Monday through Friday, 9:00AM-5:00PM (Visitor's Center, Room 213)
This beautiful structure is now the university’s central administrative office and houses the university visitor’s center.
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Guided Tour of the Columbia University Morningside Campus
Monday through Friday, 1:00PM. Tours leave from Low Library, Visitor's Center, Room 213.
Enjoy a walking tour of the beautiful campus, including architectural and historical details of the university.
Self-guided tour of the Columbia University Mornigside Campus
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Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery (Click here for details)
Schermerhorn Hall, 8th floor
Wednesday through Saturday, 1:00PM-5:00PM
Modeled on a laboratory, the gallery presents exhibitions reflective of Columbia’s approaches to the arts.
Upper West Side and Morningside Heights
American Museum of Natural History (Click here for more details)
The American Museum of Natural History is known for its exciting exhibitions that are always changing.
Central Park (Click here for details)
From W. 59 St. to W. 110 St., between 5 Av. and 8 Av.
Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, this iconic park – the heart of Manhattan – is reachable within a short walk of Columbia’s campus.
The Central Park Conservancy offers guided tours of the park. Click here for details.
Columbus Circle (Click here for details)
The Columbus Circle area is great for shopping, eating, and walking around and is at the southern entry to Central Park.
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (Click here for more information)
A world renowned barbeque restaurant known for their ribs and a favorite of President Barack Obama when he comes to town.
General Grant’s Tomb (Click here for details)
Riverside Dr. and W. 122 St. (in Riverside Park) Visitor's Center: Thursday through Monday, 9:00AM-5:00PM. The final resting place of President Ulysses S. Grant, the President who led the North to victory in the American Civil War, is also the largest mausoleum in North America.
Riverside Church (Click here for details)
490 Riverside Dr., at W 120 St.
Landmark structure known for its architecture and frequent concerts.
St. John the Divine (Click here for details)
With history going back to 1828, St. John the Divine is a beautiful church, artist community, and an icon of the neighborhood.
Tom's Restaurant (Click here for details)
This fabulous diner was made famous by Seinfeld and has great dinerfare like great burgers.
Classic New York City Sites
Highline (Click here for more details)
A beautiful park sitting on a former above ground subway line, the Highline has great views of the Hudson river and downtown.
Metropolitan Museum of Art (Click here for more details)
Boasting one of the most extensive collections of art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, commonly known as "The Met" features pieces from the Ancient Greek and Roman period to today.
Museum of Modern Art (Click here for more details)
Located in heart of Midtown Manhattan, the MOMA hosts pieces like Van Goph's "Starry Night" and Picasso's "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon".
The Guggenheim Museum (Click here for more details)
Designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the iconic Guggenheim is both a world-renowned modern art museum and residency for artists.
Times Square (Click here for more details)
One of the most famous tourist attraction in New York, Times Square is a hub for good restauarants, theaters, shops, and more.
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island (Click here for details)
By many, the greatest symbol of New York is situated adjacent to the historical gateway for 20th century immigrants to the U.S.
World Trade Center Memorial (Click here for more details)
Placed in the heart of the financial district, the World Trade Center Memorial commemorates the victims of 9/11.