7 of New York's Most Interesting Galleries and Museums
New York is one of the most colorful cities in the United States and is home to millions of people from all over the world. With a tapestry of cultures and nationality converging in just one place, it isn’t surprising that the New York art and culture scene is every bit as colorful as its inhabitants. Today, there are hundreds of art galleries and museums in NY, just waiting to be explored – but which one should you visit first? Here’s a top 7 list of art and culture hot spots in the Big Apple.
Full name Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Met is located at the Upper East Side and displays an incredibly large array of cultural displays. There’s the Roman collection, Greek, Byzantine, African, and Egyptian, all of which are displayed to advantage. If you’re an art enthusiast, there are also works of grand masters on display such as those of Van Gogh, Rembrandt and even Picasso.
New Museum of Contemporary Art
Located at Bowery, the building itself is already worth the visit – the inside serving as icing on the cake. Opened in 2007, the museum features new renowned painters such as Elizabeth Peyton and Cory Arcangel. Open from Wednesday to Sunday, the museum charges a small fee for entrance.
American Museum of Natural History
Located near Central Park, it’s pretty hard to miss the American Museum of Natural History. It contains some of the most mesmerizing species on the planet including a blue whale model, Komodo dragons, birds, African animals, and so much more. The exhibits boast of a life-like set up, transporting you immediately to the wilds upon entry. Definitely a sight that must NOT be missed, the museum is free but has entrance fee suggestions.
Are you a fan of Game of Thrones? Then you should appreciate the Cloisters, the interior of which greatly resembles the world created by George RR Martin. It’s located in Fort Tryon Park and possibly its best exhibition is the Medieval Collection with more than 5000 pieces of authentic armory. In the other end of the spectrum however, there’s also the herb gardens full of wonderful smells and flavor in the air.
Museum of Modern Art
If you’re in the mood for modern art, MoMA would be the perfect place to visit. As the name describes, it contains mostly modern art coming from artist like Magritte, Pollock, Warhol, Matisse, Cezanne, and more. Located at Midtown, MoMA doesn’t stop with painting exhibits – within its glassy walls are also astounding pictures, impressive sculptures, architecture, and even performance art. Tickets are sold online to avoid long lines.
It’s hard not to stare at this museum shaped like a conch, ultra modern in its design despite opening its doors around 1959. It contains several permanent pieces from Francis Bacon and Jackson Pollock with major exhibitions hosted on a regular basis. Open almost every day, it’s usually best to time your visit on the weekdays.
Art in General
Located at the west part of Chinatown, Art In General is worth a visit, especially if you’re a fan of Eastern European works of art. It’s a non-profit institution mostly focused on ephemeral works of art using new mediums to convey what they want to say.
Of course, those are just few of the must-see New York galleries and museums. Make sure to check out other destinations like: Whitney Museum of Modern Art and The Drawing Center.