An Insider’s Guide to the Best Museums in NY

If you are planning a trip to New York, then do not forget to plan time on Museum Mile. New York City officials have renamed Fifth Avenue from 82nd to 105th streets as Museum Mile. In just a little over a mile, one can see five of the most important museums in New York.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Spread across 2 million square feet of display space, the Metropolitan Museum of Art contains over 17 curated departments. View items made of cellophane, paper, feathers, wood and stonepaste alongside famous paintings among the 10,000 or more works of art on display at any time in this building. Many unusual pieces of art can be viewed including a toilet seat containing more than 48 pieces. You may be able to view the Storage Jar Decorated with Mountain Goats created in Iran about 3800 B.C, which is the oldest artifact owned by the museum along with Dusasa II, 2007, which is one of the youngest artworks in the Mets collection.

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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Frank Lloyd Wright spent more than 16 years creating the design of the Guggenheim Museum making over 700 sketches. This architecturally stunning building is a cylinder that is wider at the top than it is at the bottom. Once inside, visitors can see over 80 years of art with most of it coming from private collections. Some artists with work displayed in the Guggenheim Museum include Ling Po, Paul Klee, Theo Van Doesburg and Marc Franz. Watch for special exhibitions at this museum because they have hosted the most attended art exhibition in America.

Museum of the City of New York

Visitors can see over four centuries of New York City history at the Museum of the City of New York. View over 3,000 paintings from Currier and Ives along with other important pieces of art including photographs by Berenice Abbott, Percy Byron, Stanley Kubrick and Jacob Riis. The museum also contains several rooms containing furniture originally belonging to John D. Rockefeller along with a model of the original New Amsterdam plan. The impressive red brick with its white trim building designed by Joseph H. Freedlander is particularly notable for its Eneo-Georgian elements.

The Jewish Museum

Containing more than 30,000 works of art, The Jewish Museum is the largest museum dedicated to the Jewish lifestyle outside of Israel. Their extensive Culture and Continuity: The Jewish Journey exhibit may be the most extensive exploration of Jewish chronological history in the world. This museum housed in the former home of Felix M. Warburg who helped to establish the financial empire in New York City.

El Museo Del Barrio

The oldest museum in New York City dedicated to Latino art is the El Museo Del Barrio. This museum is a great place to see working artists from Latin diaspora at work along with seeing a large collection of pre-Columbian Taino artifacts. It is also a great place to take a break in the Latin-inspired cafe
while enjoying Museum Mile.

The five most important museums in New York City are located along Museum Mile, according to TopViewNYC. While each focuses on their own area of expertise, but you will enjoy visiting them all.

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