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Museums in New York City That You Must Visit


The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Founded in 1870, this museum is truly encyclopedic. At the Museum of Art, you get to see statues from the very beginnings of civilization. The most amazing thing is the way the chronological range of the collections is matched by their geographical scope.

It is fair enough to state that this place’s wealth of treasures truly demonstrates humankind’s protean nature, perseverance, craft, and genius. In addition to that, The Metropolitan Museum of Art has a rooftop garden area that also features periodic art installations.

The Met has two locations that fascinate visitors with permanent collections and rotating exhibits.

For visitors from outside the state of New York, admission starts at $25 for adults with discounts for seniors and students. Children 12 and younger get in free. For New York residents with a valid ID or library card, admission is “pay what you want.” This also extends to students from Connecticut and New Jersey.

Address of the Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10028.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Founded in 1897 by Sarah and Eleanor, the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum has so much to explore. For instance, the Willi Smith Street Couture explores the iconic work of Willi Smith, a streetwear pioneer. He is an American Designer. You get to explore the American fashion culture from 1948 to 1987.

At gallery 2, you will get the opportunity to explore the work of prolific textile designer Suzie Zuze. Throughout the Museum, there is a chance to gain an understanding of how designers across the centuries have observed nature, investigated its materials, and imitated and abstracted its patterns and shapes to create diversified fashion.

However, it is important to note that timed-entry tickets are required for access. You can now reserve your tickets online at cooperhewitt.org. There are only a limited number of tickets available for reservation each day for walk-ups.

Locate it here: 2 E 91st St, New York, NY 10128, USA

Rubin Museum of Art

The Rubin Museum of Art is a collection of paintings, sculptures, and textiles from the Himalayas and surrounding regions. The mission of the place is to curate a collection that raises the profile of Himalayan art. Himalayan art has received relatively less attention than the art of many other cultures.

In addition to that, the Rubin exhibits featured pieces that mostly date back to the 12th century and onwards. The pieces are presented along with illuminating education materials to help patrons understand the different lenses through which the art can be viewed.

New exhibitions, such as Modernist Art from India, are rotated throughout the year.

Location: 150 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011, United States.

National Museum of American Indian New York

The Museum of the American Indian is solely dedicated to the history, study, and preservation of the American Indians. You will be instantly captivated by its masterful architecture; the curved limestone building appears to be a natural rock formation facing towards the sun and is surrounded by acres of authentic crops of the American Indian.

Its very design stands out among the many granites and marble neoclassical structures in the National Mall. Once inside, you will be treated to an up-close look at the life, languages, history, art, and traditions of the Native Americans.

Find the museum here: 1 Bowling Green, New York, NY 10004, USA.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Opened in 1959, is a museum that showcases modern and contemporary art from a collection of masterpieces by Manet, Picasso, Chagall, and Kandinsky, and more. It explores ideas across cultures through dynamic curatorial and educational initiatives and collaborations.

The architecture on the other hand is dramatic.  The building itself is an attraction for visitors. It has spiraling ramps moving past bays where the art is exhibited.

Tickets can be purchased online at the Guggenheim website or at the museum entrance.

Locate the museum at 1071 5th Ave, between E 88th and E 89th Streets.

The Morgan Library and Museum

This Museum is basically a book lover paradise. They have a massive collection of rare books and manuscripts, plus drawings and other uncommon pieces. The Morgan is a museum made from the former residence of a towering historical New Yorker, in this case, financier J.P. Morgan.

Find the museum at 225 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016, USA.

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