Amazing Museums To Visit In New York
New York City is one of those places that seems to have something for everyone and many visitors will want to see the Statue of Liberty and Times Square. However, for those who want to learn more about the local culture or to see different parts of the history of the region then the museums are great, and for sightseers, if the weather turns foul then a museum is a great alternative option too. New York’s museums are also very varied, so you can be looking at modern art in one museum, and soon seeing some of the nitty gritty of life in nineteenth century New York in another, so make sure you put aside time to see as many as you can.
The Guggenheim Museum
This museum is one of the biggest attractions in Manhattan, and is housed in a very distinctive building that was designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, with a dramatic cylindrical shape that actually gets wider as you go up the building. The collection is based on the private collection of Solomon Guggenheim and features contemporary and modern art from the Impressionist period to the present day, while the collection is shared with their sister museum in Bilbao.
The Morgan Library And Museum
Another museum that is founded on the collection of one individual, this museum’s range of art and books is based on that collected by J.P. Morgan, and is housed in three impressive buildings that are beautiful to explore. For someone who is passionate about books, the library is certainly the highlight of the museum, with beautiful books on display, a lovely stained glass window and three floors of books displayed in the large grand room.
The Metropolitan Museum
The first thing that will hit you when you approach ‘The Met’, as it is known by the locals, is that the building is one that is fit for a grand museum, with dramatic pillars flanking the large entrance to the museum. The art on display covers a vast period of history with everything from art produced in the Egyptian, Greek and Roman empires, through to great European artists such as Rembrandt, Manet and Van Gogh, which makes this a major attraction.
New York Transit Museum
One of the most interesting things about New York’s history is how the city has developed and evolved to meet the needs of its people, and this museum is a fascinating look at how the transport system has had to change from the first mass transit system to the modern underground network of today. As the museum is set in a former subway station, there is naturally a range of carriages on display in the museum, while there are also smaller scale exhibits such as the one tracing the change in the way tickets have been purchased over the years.
Museum Of Modern Art (MoMA)
Located in a dramatic square building at the heart of Midtown Manhattan, MoMA is one of the most famous of New York’s museums and is home to one of the world’s leading collections of modern and contemporary art. The collection is extensive and includes some dramatic works from Picasso, Matisse and Dali among the pieces on display, but bear in mind that as this is a private museum, the price of admission is a little higher than you would find in some of the public museums of the city.
The Tenement Museum
This museum is located in a tenement building on Orchard Street in Manhattan, and is an insight into what life was like for people in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century in this part of New York, with different parts of the building dedicated to different historic periods. The authentic rooms here are a stark look at some of the grubbier history of the city, but it is a location that is well worth visiting.