Few venues are as famous as Carnegie Hall. This legendary music hall may not be the world's biggest, nor its grandest, but it's definitely one of the most acoustically blessed venues around. Opera, jazz and folk greats feature in the Isaac Stern Auditorium, with edgier jazz, pop, classical and world music in the popular Zankel Hall. The intimate Weill Recital Hall hosts chamber-music concerts, debut performances and panel discussions.
From September to June, Carnegie Hall runs one-hour guided tours of the building, shedding light on the venue's storied history (these are walk-in, but subject to performance and rehearsal schedules, so check the website before heading in). There's also the Rose Museum, which explores the venue's illustrious history through archival treasures (open 11am to 4:30pm; closed late July to mid-September).