New York gives you a certain vibe of gusto and adventure that no other place can. It is a city lit with the brightest lights, spots that can make you cringe. The city and the whole state it belongs in are just that good. While it is evident that New York is the place for grand places and grander food, it is not all hustle and bustle and skyscrapers. The place is also home for a variety of museums that definitely would bring chills down to your artsy spine. It’s a traveller’s paradise if you just know what to seek. This article will take you away from the long cab queues and against the noises of the city, and reroute you to places that will take you to a temperate mix of art, history, and music.
Let’s move on, shall we?
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028, USA. Telephone 212-731-1498
No New York trip ever has ever been completed and can fully assuage without a trip down to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. As one of the largest museums in the world, the elegant late 19th century neo-classical establishment spectacles some of the finest examples of art ranging from mummified royalty of ancient times to avant garde fashion couture from last year’s runway.
Guests young and old are enthralled by the Temple of Dendur, an Egyptian temple from 10 B.C. that was rearranged from its Nile-side location to the bright, sun drenched Sackler Wing overseeing a reflective pool. Additional highlights comprise the imposing array of European and Asian armor, Grecian sculptures, medieval art and contemporary photography. After hours of sightseeing, you can take a rest by a fountain in the indoor sculpture garden or ponder what it all means in the Astor Chinese Garden Court, nestled off the Asian Art galleries.
The Met presents over 5,000 years of art from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy. The Museum lives in three iconic sites in New York City—The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters. All of these establishments are open from 10 AM to 5:30 PM. Tickets costs $12 for students, $17 for senior citizens and $25 for adults. I assure you, you’re getting more than what you’re paying for.
My personal tip: Although there are prices stated, you do not need to pay these exact prices. But you don’t have to be shy, either. You can say that you will donate $10 to the museum. They will let you in and take only $10. But don’t be an Uncle Scrooge and pay only $1. I have seen some tourists do it, but they were let in just as well.
180 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10007, USA
Speaking of taking you aback, the 9/11 Memorial Museum is one place not to miss whenever you’re taking a stroll in the city. It is a museum intended as a tribute of remembrance and honor to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center site, and at the Pentagon, as well as the six people killed in the World Trade Center bombing in February 1993.
While its back story can make you flinch for some time, it is a place of remembrance and will surely fill you up with some amazing facts about the place. The Memorial’s twin reflecting pools are each nearly an acre in size and feature the largest manmade waterfalls in North America. The pools sit within the footprints where the Twin Towers once stood. Architect Michael Arad and landscape architect Peter Walker created the Memorial design selected from a global design competition that included more than 5,200 entries from 63 nations.
It is an emotional reminder and in-depth journey through a devastating event which assures a pinch at your heart, and could even provoke self-realizations. What better way to cap off a museum trip than to discover more about yourself right? The 9/11 Memorial Museum is located at 180 Greenwich St, New York and is open from 7:30 in the morning until 8 in the evening. Tickets range from $35-$44 inclusive of a museum tour, but if you want to take a deeper look on the memorial, there’s also an additional tour for only $30-$39.
1 E 70th St, New York, NY 10021, USA
When the hustle and bustle of the city proves too much to digest, New Yorkers know a place that can take them to an olden but golden feel. Surely, you too, should take the opportunity. Internationally recognized as a premier museum and research center, the Frick Collection is known for its distinguished Old Master paintings and outstanding examples of European sculpture and decorative arts. The affluent abode that houses a private collection of great masters from the 14th through the 19th centuries was originally built for industrialist Henry Clay Frick.
The firm of Carrère & Hastings designed the 1914 structure in an 18th-century European style, with a beautiful interior court and reflecting pool. The permanent collections include world-class paintings, sculpture and furniture by the likes of Rembrandt, Vermeer, Renoir and prominent British portraitist Thomas Gainsborough.
Adjacent to the museum is the Frick Art Reference Library, founded in 1920 by Helen Clay Frick as a memorial to her father. Today it is one of the leading institutions for research in the fields of art history and collecting. The opulent household is open from 11AM to 5PM, and tickets cost $45 only.
This museum is not too far from The Met so you can visit both in one trip.
The Museum of Modern Art
11 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019, USA
The best art galleries do not only gratify the masters of the past, but inspires the new and the bold. The Museum of Modern Art is the place where you can ponder back in history, and make you hungry for what the future holds. The MoMA, as many New Yorkers call it curates the finest collection of art in the 18th century. Expect shoulder to shoulder action when its tourist season, as Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night placates the venerated feel of the place. A similar crowd would show up when Pablo Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon is on spectacle.
While the golden pieces of art come in to play, the modern comes at par. Experimental pieces of art are exhibited with equal fashion, and large installations become a den of connoisseurs. The Museum of Modern Art envisions itself as a place that fuels creativity, ignites minds, and provides inspiration. With extraordinary exhibitions and the world’s finest collection of modern and contemporary art, MoMA is dedicated to the conversation between the past and the present, the established and the new.
The Museum of Modern Art is an art museum located in Midtown Manhattan in New York City, on 53rd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues and is open 10:30AM–8PM.Tickets for adults cost $25. Senior citizen and student passes cost $18 and $14 respectively.
1071 5th Ave, New York, NY 10128, USA
The depth of what the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum offers is as astounding as it gets. While the contents of this museum are of the premium lines of art, its architecture is an impressive piece on its own. From the brilliant mind of its architect Frank Lloyd Wright, this concrete inverted ziggernaut, stomped on the tradition of clean square galleries epitomized and cherished by the neighboring Upper East Side museums, like the nearby Metropolitan Museum. Instead Wright fused his utility of geometric shapes and nature, to create a galleria that manifested art along a fluid, winding spiral, with little in the way of walls to separate artists, ideas or time periods.
Committed to innovation, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation collects, preserves, and interprets modern and contemporary art, and explores ideas across cultures through dynamic curatorial and educational initiatives and collaborations. With its constellation of architecturally and culturally distinct museums, exhibitions, publications, and digital platforms, the foundation engages both local and global audiences. The exhibits include works by Picasso, Cezanne, Manet and the largest selection of Kandinsky paintings to be permanently shown in America.
The museum is located at 1071 5th Ave, New York and is open from 10AM -5:45 PM. Adult tickets cost $25 and senior citizen tickes are worth $18. If you have children while travelling, they can actually get inside for free if they are 12 years or under.
New York seems to just have everything. The streets may be ablaze with business, but people from this bright city are well aware of the striking emotions of the past, as well as the boldness of the contemporary. It is for this reason that the whole city of New York is blessed with so much variety and color, as much hue as the finest collections of art its museums hold. Feast your eyes, view from the lenses of the past- New York is called “The Mecca” for a reason. Even if all you want to do is visit museums, there are just so many of them that it will take you forever to visit all.