The global city of New York, renowned for its zeal and dynamism allures travellers from every corner of the world. The city is a fascinating example of various nations pleasantly thriving together. New York City is one of the top tourist destinations in the world and offers loads of attractions and sightseeings to enjoy which also include a myriad of museums. These museums are the perfect way to experience the city’s eclectic amalgam of modernity, creativity, history, and multiculturalism. New York City’s enthralling collection of museums can become quite overwhelming when it comes to deciding which ones to visit. However, on a visit to New York City, we suggest these handpicked museums as a must visit attractions to be included in your holiday.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Also known as ‘The Met’, Metropolitan Museum of art located on the eastern side of Central Park offers an amazing peek into New York City’s interest in art. This massive museum represents art and history spanning over 5000 years. With over 2 million art exhibits from around the world, this New York art museum preserves paintings, sculptures and artifacts right from the early origins of Egyptian era to present day American art scene. Its extensive collection features famous works from artists like Van Gogh, Picasso, and Rembrandt to name a few. Metropolitan Museum of Art annually attracts about 5 million visitors making it one of the most popular places to visit in New York. Its sheer vastness makes it impossible to view the entire collection in one go. However, it is recommended to take the Museum Highlights tour which gives you a gist of some significant selection of artworks in the museum. Also, if the weather is clear, check out the rooftop garden for some stunning installations and amazing New York City skyline views.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
One among the internationally acclaimed network of museums, Guggenheim museum has a branch in New York which offers a comprehensive collection of abstract and modern art. The museum’s inverted-ziggurat structure matches perfectly with its contemporary themed exhibits of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, early Modern and contemporary art. Located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City, this shell shaped architectural marvel by Frank Lloyd Wright is an iconic landmark and one of the things to see in New York City. The museum allures millions of art lovers annually and is home to incomparable artworks of artists like Miro, Van Gogh, Chagall to name a few. Every Saturday evenings, visitors can enjoy a museum tour on ‘pay-what-you-wish’ admission.
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Museum of Modern Art
Located in Midtown Manhattan, the Museum of Modern Art or MoMA boasts of having one of the largest collections of modern and contemporary art in the world. It has the reputation of representing the best artworks in modern art and is supposedly the most expensive museum in New York City costing around 25$ per head. Its vast range of collection varies from paintings, photographs, sculptures to films, documentaries and books. Visitors can enjoy the exhibits with free audio tours to get more information about the displays. This New York museum is considered as an immense influence on modern art lovers and is always usually crowded. It is recommended to beat the rush and enjoy visiting this museum on private tours in early morning hours to avoid the swell of the crowd during peak hours. Every Friday from 4 pm to 8 pm, the admission to MoMA is free of cost.
New-York Historical Society
Revolving around American History, New-York Historical Society is the oldest and New York’s first museum founded in the year 1804. The exhibits and programs explore the rich historical saga of New York City and its nation America. Located at Central Park West, the New York History museum’s Roman styled structure itself is a magnificent sight to watch. Its collection includes historic assortments, documents and photographs, interactive programs as well as renowned artworks of Thomas Cole, Gilbert Stuart, Rembrandt Peale, and watercolour paintings by John James Audubon notably known as ‘Birds of America’. The museum is also home to one of the oldest libraries in the nation, Children’s history museum, Centre for women’s history which is the first of its kind in America.
American Museum of Natural History
This colossal science museum is an expansive labyrinth of 28 buildings that house massive galleries filled with over 33 million species of flora and fauna, wildlife and geological elements. Situated at Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York, American Museum of Natural History solely concentrates on exploring and gathering information about the natural world and human race throughout its evolution. Some highlights of this sprawling museum are the fossil halls, the Butterfly Conservatory, Dark Universe show, Harry Frank Guggenheim Hall of Gems and Minerals, and the cultural halls. In addition to 45 exhibition halls, the American Museum of Natural History also has a planetarium and a research library. The best time to visit the museum is in late afternoons or early Sunday mornings to avoid tourist crowds.
Among the many New York points of interests, adding a trip to New York’s museums lets you witness objects and artworks speak tales of the city’s evolution to a global city and the country’s progression. The transition of the city’s past to its present and its outlook towards the future is sure to amaze you. So next time you apply for US visa and shortlist New York’s must-see attractions, add a touch of edutainment by including few of the city’s fascinating collection of museums and get to know about what New York City is really made up of.