A Complete NYC Art Guide for the Art Enthusiasts Out There

Traveling through The City of Dreams is fantastic, and when you add the art scene into the mix – the New York experience becomes even better.

NYC is popular for its several art museums that have collected and exhibited art from not only around the world but also from cultures long ago. You will find modern and contemporary art, but also the kind that was created by humans 5,000 years ago.

Consult our NYC art guide for more insight!

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

What to Expect

The first thing you notice about the Guggenheim is the odd-looking, circular building; almost resembling a large seashell. This art museum is home to a number of impressionist, post-impressionist, modern, and contemporary art; their collection is continually expanding.

Once inside, you take the elevator the uppermost rotunda to start the tour and then travel down the spiraling gallery. The exhibitions and collections keep changing, but there are some permanent art pieces you can expect to find, such as Picasso’s Woman with Yellow Hair and Paris Through the Window by Marc Chagall.

Instead of dividing art by eras like museums usually do, Guggenheim’s exhibitions are supposed to be viewed as a whole.

Neighborhood

You will find the breathtaking Guggenheim building on 5th Avenue on the corner of East 89th Street in the Upper East Side of main Manhattan. The place is teeming with people and one of the poshest areas of NYC.

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Metropolitan Museum of Art

What to Expect

Everybody has heard of the Met; if not for its outrageous take on art then for its lovely architecture!

Once you are inside its magnificent entrance, you can purchase your tickets and start your tour through the museum. If you turn right from the great hall, you will come face-to-face with Egyptian Art, including a mummy tomb in a clear case!

Continuing your walk through the museum, still on the first floor, will have you look at European sculptures and paintings. You will also find plenty of Greek and Roman art as well as artifacts from early American history.

This museum will have you absorb art from all around the world and through time-binding you with its magic.

Neighborhood

You will find the Met on 5th Avenue and 82nd street at the edge of Central Park. You can either go for a bus that runs up 5th avenue or take the metro to the 86th street shop three blocks west of the building.

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Whitney Museum of American Art

What to Expect

The Whitney Museum of American Art, known as Whitney for short, was built by an American socialite and art patron who named it after herself. The Whitney has a vast collection of 19th-century art, featuring about 25,000 paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures and art pieces by at least 3500 different artists. It focuses mainly on 20th and 21st-century art displayed by younger and lesser-known artists.

You can expect plenty of moving art pieces to see, photographs and installations to view, and even a café for when you’re hungry! We recommend not going for the entire collection the first time, aim for an hour of looking around at one visit- there is just too much to see!

Neighborhood

The museum was located at Madison Avenue before 2014 when it shifted to a new building in the West Village neighborhood of Lower Manhattan. The new building was designed by Renzo Piano.

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Rubin Museum of Art

What to Expect

The Rubin Museum boasts of 3,000 artifacts sourced from the Himalayas and surrounding regions that predate us by 1,500 years. Even if you are a first time visitor, you will be able to appreciate the idea behind the museum and the collection and preservation of art from so long ago.

Once inside, you enter through two sets of heavy glass doors and buy your ticket. You can choose to go for a daily public tour from 1 pm to 3 pm, where your guide will take you through the gallery telling you the stories behind the objects on display.

Neighborhood

In New York’s Chelsea neighborhood along west 17th street, you will find a series of ex-commercial buildings that now act as The Rubin Museum of Art.

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The New Museum of Contemporary Art

What to Expect

When curator Marcia Tucker established the museum in 1977, her aim was to introduce new art and new ideas by artists who hadn’t yet received significant acclaim. The museum stands to challenge the institutionalization of art, as it brings in new ideas to connect with the masses.

You can expect the geometrical building made of several blocks on top of each other to make you feel overwhelmed. Once you enter, you will find touching artworks from artists who are little-known. This is a great way to acquaint yourself with what’s new in the art world while skipping on the politics of the art world.

Neighborhood

The museum is located at 235 Bowery, Lower East Side of Manhattan. It stands between Stanton and Riverton streets as a seven-story and 58,700 square-foot facility.

 

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