Besides a great deal of places to see outside, New York has some of the finest museums in the world. I’ve been to quite a few, but it all depends on what you like to see. Here are the main museums on my New York City guide.
The Guggenheim: designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Guggenheim is an art museum in the Upper East Side with one of the most iconic silhouettes in all Manhattan. It’s impossible not to spot it going up Fifth avenue. The museum holds different exhibitions every few months and it’s home of some of the most amazing interior details you can imagine.
The MET: my favorite museum in Manhattan and one I’ve been to several times. The largest museum in the United States, houses some of the best ancient permanent collections ever seen. You can lose yourself for days. They also hold temporary exhibitions – the Costume Institute is famous for its inauguration at the MET Gala. Until September 4th, you can see Rei Kawakubo / Comme des Garçons Art in the in-between.
Neue Gallery: the Neue Gallery is a museum of early twentieth-century German and Austrian art and design, located in the William Starr Miller House at 86th Street and Fifth Avenue in New York City. A couple of years ago, the gallery had a rise in popularity over its Gustav Klimt The Woman in Gold painting, because of the Hollywood movie Woman in Gold.
American Museum of Natural History: only when my father was visiting, I decided to take a trip uptown to the Museum of Natural History. Even though the museum is mostly oriented for children, it’s sort of interesting to walk the halls of evolution and get a sense of how we got here.
Museum of Modern Art, or MoMA: my second favorite museum in New York. I’m more of a modern and contemporary art kind of gal, so if you’re also into that, gaze upon a collection of artists like Matisse, Picasso, Pollock, Warhol and many more. Pro tip: after a stop at the museum, you can always go down Fifth avenue and do a little shopping.
New Museum: known for its collection of contemporary art, the New Museum is in the hot Bowery street. Granted I’ve only been there once to see a temporary exhibition, but it was one of the coolest art installations I’ve ever seen (pictured above). If you’re an art lover, or find yourself with a few more days to explore New York, this is a definite go-to.
Whitney: is an all American art museum with the greatest views in Manhattan. Known for its amazing terraces and sunset summer parties, that was the only thing I enjoyed the first time I visited. Granted most of the floors were closed for new exhibitions, but I didn’t necessarily appreciate the ones that were indeed opened. Even though, I will go there again, soon, and report back here!
Brooklyn Museum: if you have time to explore the Brooklyn area, the Brooklyn Museum is always a cool place to go. It’s the third largest building in New York and holds a collection around 1.5 million works. I’ve been there a few times. The first one, I went to see a temporary shoe exhibition with the works of great artists like Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Louboutin. It’s a definite must-go!
If you feel like there’s a museum missing here, feel free to e-mail me or comment below. This New York City guide is going to be edited as my experience in the city improves.