There are literally hundreds of historic sites and museums in New York City. It can be hard to figure out which ones you should go to during your trip to New York. Here is a list of New York’s most popular museums that you should consider visiting during your vacation. There are museums for everything from history to science.
Museums take up a lot of time. So it is probably wise to visit no more than 2 in one day. Visiting more would just be too much information in one day and would confuse you. It is ideal to visit one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Or if you want go to one in the morning and visit the local sights the rest of the day. In any case, you must make a plan as to which museums to visit. Below are a list of the 10 best museums in New York.
1- Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is housed in an 11.5 acre footprint. This museum opened in 1880 and boasts a tremendous array of Art. It is best to visit this world-renowned museum on a weekday when it is less crowded. Here you can chill in an Egyptian temple, or romanticize over the periods costumes. There is also a beautiful rooftop garden that has views of Central park and the amazing New York City Skyline.
2- The Guggenheim New York museum
The Guggenheim New York Museum is famous for the milestone construction–designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and revived because of his 50th birthday in ’09–since it’s because of the impressive collection and adventuresome temporary art shows. The museum possesses Peggy Guggenheim’s trove of cubist, surrealist and abstract expressionist works, alongside the Panza di Biumo’s number of American chic and conceptual art from the 1960s and ’70s. Besides works by Manet, Picasso, Chagall and Bourgeois, the Guggenheim Museum holds the biggest set of Kandinskys from the U.S. Back in 1992, the addendum of a ten-story tower provided space for a sculpture gallery.
3- American Museum of Natural Heritage
Past the legendary, show-stopping exhibits– the grizzly bear at the Hall of North American cinema, the 94-feet long blue whale, the most ancient Barosaurus skeleton rearing up as though to frighten the adjoining Allosaurus skeleton–can be expertly curated. This museum is 148-years-old which matches people of all ages. Whether you are interested in the earth underneath our feet, or even the civilizations of far away lands or perhaps the galaxies that are light years outside our grasp, your trip is likely to educate you on a couple of things that you never knew.
4- The Brooklyn Museum
Among the Kings County’s preeminent cultural appeals, the 560,000-square-foot Brooklyn Museum is the first American Museum to carry African-American objects of Art. There are also more than 4,000 Egyptian artifacts in this museum. This museum is also known for showcasing masters of art like Cezanne, Monet and Degas, There is also a center that is specific to feminist art. Not only is this museum known for its art, but it is home to the Brooklyn Nites Jazz music series on every first Saturday of the month.
5- The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in NYC
One might be able to spend the entire day at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). There is a lot to see and experience there. There are many permanent art exhibits from renowned artists. There are also other elements to the museum such as its movie theater that shows a lot of artsy movies as well as main stream movies. There is also a gift shop at the MOMA and a high-end designer restaurant and bar that is run by famed chef Danny Meyer.
6 – The New Museum of Contemporary Art in NYC
This was the first new art museum that was built from scratch below 14th street. This museum was appropriately named the New Museum of Contemporary Art. This museum is an important part of the revamped image of downtown Manhattan. This building is 7 stories tall and was designed by a Japan based architectural firm. It opened its doors for the first time in December 2007. It has three main art gallery levels, a café, roof terrace and a theater. The main focal point of this museum is emerging media and it focuses on up and coming artists.
7- The Whitney Museum of American Art
After almost 50 years in its home of the Marcel-Breur building located on Madison Avenue on 75th street, the museum moved.The museum moved in 2015 to a brand new location in Lower Manhattan’s Meatpacking District. This building was designed by renowned international architect, Renzo Piano. This new building boasts over 63000 square feet of indoor and outdoor exhibition space.
8- Museum of the Moving Picture
The Museum of the Moving Picture is only 15 minutes from midtown. This museum has a state of the art 267 seat theater and huge gallery space. Meanwhile, the museum’s “Behind the Screen” exhibit examines every step of the filmmaking process, with artifacts from more than 1,000 different productions, and 14 classic (playable!) video games, including Asteroids, Ms. Pac-Man and Space Invaders.
9- Society of Illustrators
The Society of Illustrators was founded in 1901. Since then it has encouraged the work of artists all around the globe through festivals and events. The Society of Illustrators is located in the former Carriage home of William P. Read, who is a renowned lawyer.
10- Bronx Museum of the Arts
Launched in 1971 and comprising over 1000 works of art, this multi-cultural art museum focuses on 20th and 21st century artists who are originally from the Bronx and or African, Asian or Latino ancestry. The museum is also family friendly, offering programs that are geared towards families with young children.