The Best Art Museums in New York

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The Best Art Museums in New York

What does art mean to you? For some, art describes anything that shows creativity: paintings, music, poems and artifacts. For others, art refers to visual creations that challenge your perspective of things.

Are video games work of art? How about casino games? You need some creativity to beat your opponents in poker, after all. Listed here is a guide to the New York gambling age and answers to popular iGaming questions.

Still on the big apple, NY is home to some of the biggest art museums in the world. Below are some of them:

#1: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Nicknamed the Met, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is the biggest art museum in the country. It is located along Central Park and consists of a collection of over two million works of art.

With such an enormous library of masterpieces, the Met isn’t a place where you can absorb all of its art goodness within a day. You need several visits to appreciate its paintings, sculptures, and artifacts.

In case you’re wondering, the Metropolitan has works of art from all over the world. Want to relish famous paintings from Europe? It is your go to museum. Want to fancy artifacts from ancient Egypt? Take a trip to the Met.

#2: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Often referred to as the Guggenheim, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is a wonderfully created museum. It was designed by famous architect Frank Wright to look outrageously impressive. And it opened just a few months after his death.

Because of its impeccable design, the Guggenheim attracts thousands of people every year. Luckily, it does not disappoint. It has 45 exhibition halls that display human artifacts, meteorites, rocks, plants and animal fossils.

The Guggenheim Museum is located along Madison Avenue. This means it is close to tons of luxurious shops and high-rise buildings. While you might not afford the luxurious goods, no one says you can’t snoop into the shops for window shopping.

#3: The Museum of Modern Art (MoMa)
The name says it all. The Museum of Modern Art launched in 1929 with the help of Aldrich Rockefeller as a place to celebrate contemporary art. In 2019, the already famous museum got a facelift that increased its art galleries and artifacts.

Why should you visit MoMa? If you would love to see paintings by famous artists like Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, Picasso and Matisse, the museum is worth a visit. It also features several restaurants and shops, which could keep you busy before you leave the museum.

That being said, MoMa has a membership plan that allows you to visit the museum countless times. In fact, Mondays are reserved for members and their guests alone.

#4: The Whitney Museum of American Art
First established in the 1930 by artist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, the Whitney Museum of American Art was located on 75th Street from 1966 to 2014, when it relocated to Lower Manhattan. Its new building is majestic and unique, which helps set it apart from every other museum in the city.

Like many museums, the Whitney Museum of American Art has been expanding its collections over the years. At first, it had 600 permanent works of art. This list then grew to 2000 before reaching 25,000 in 1991.

Today, the museum has works by 3500+ artists, including the likes of Josef Albers, Edmund Archer, Sonia Brown and Ching Ho Cheng.

#5: The Met Cloisters
Popularly known as the Cloisters, the Met Cloisters is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It curates works of art from the medieval periods. It particularly specializes in Romanesque and Gothic periods.

The museum is known as the cloisters because it is actually built on four cloisters acquired in France with the help of John D. Rockefeller. That said, the Cloisters have 5000+ paintings arranged thematically in separate rooms.

#6: Brooklyn Museum
The problem with many famous art museums in New York is that they are always packed. If you love to enjoy art in places without a lot of people, try out the Brooklyn Museum.

To be clear, the Brooklyn Museum is quite large in size. At 560,000 square feet, it is the third largest museum in New York. It was actually designed to be the largest art museum in the world. But it never achieved that.

With that in mind, the Brooklyn Museum has plenty of art collections inspired by ancient Egypt and Africa in general. Then there are loads of unique masterpieces like the Dinner Party.

#7: Frick Collection
The Frick Collection is a museum first founded by businessman Henry Clay Frick in 1935. While it was initially a private museum, Frick later turned it into a public museum that now curates paintings from the renaissance.

To expound more, the Frick Collection Museum occasionally lends out paintings and sculptures acquired after Henry’s death. They include collections by Johannes Vermeer, and Jacob Van Ruisdael.

#8: New Museum of Contemporary Art
The New Museum has a history of relocating from one place to another. It first launched at the New School, where it acquired its name. It then moved to Soho before settling to its present location in 2007.

The museum features three separate gallery categories, a café and a theater. It specializes in modern art pieces, even if the collections come from unknown artists.

#9: The Historical Society Museum & Library
Founded in 1804, the Museum Historical Society Museum & Library is a comprehensive library of art, from paintings and sculptures to films and books. The museum has works spanning more than 400 years ago, making it a prime place for everyone who loves history lessons.

#10: Neue Galerie New York
The Neue Galerie New York is a tad specific about the works it collects: Germany and Austrian collections from the 19th and 20th centuries. It is was designed by the same people who designed the New York Public Library, hence its great looks.

The museum is relatively new, having launched in 2001. All the same, it’s a great place to relish paintings by famous artists from Germany and Austria.

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