© Allie_Caulfield (Flickr) 2008-04-05 04-06 New York 159 Museum of Natural History
© Allie_Caulfield (Flickr)
The big guns
Work of art
The Guggenheim, the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) museum, the Whitney museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET museum), New York‘s list of large and exquisite art museums just goes on and on. Being at an American museums, you could be forgiven for expecting a deluge of American arts but New York art encompasses the globe and the exhibitions are truly international.
All have a strong an online presence, so you can view some of the art websites at home and even dip into the MOMA store or Guggenheim shop if you feel some retail therapy coming on. If you do make it down to Lower Manhattan or the wider metropolitan area in person, there is more than art vying for your attention.
The Ellis Island Museum, makes a trip to the Statue of Liberty a must and no film buff could miss the Museum of Moving Image or the Museum of Television and Radio. The American Museum of Natural History opposite Central Park is also guaranteed to keep the young and old alike, enthralled.
Lesser known gems
The police, fire department and transit authority all have their own independent museums and the kids are well catered for by The Brooklyn Children Museum, The Children’s Museum of the Arts, The Children’s Museum of Manhattan and New Jersey’s Children’s Museum.
The free to visit Forbes Magazine Galleries at 60 Fifth Avenue is worth a look as well as the collection of 12 Faberge Imperial Easter Eggs. The Cloisters, overlooking the Hudson River in Fort Tryon Park, is a beautiful setting and a fitting place to house the MET NYC’s medieval Europe collection, including tapestries and stained glass windows.
If you visit NYC and plan on visiting some galleries or museums make sure you find out about the city pass. The NYC city pass gives you discount entries to six city museums and just as importantly allows you to cut out some of ticket queuing – a priceless time saving if you’re also planning on taking in some evening shows whilst in New York.