Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Solomon R. Guggenheim started collecting non-representational art from Europe early on. The German artist Hilla von Rebay helped him build up a significant collection of abstract art. Guggenheim wanted to build a museum in New York for this collection. Today the Guggenheim is one of the first addresses worldwide for modern and avant-garde art of the 20th century. The collection was expanded to include surrealism, impressionism and expressionism through further donations and purchases. The Guggenheim Museum also organizes special exhibitions and, together with the MoMA, is one of the most important exhibition halls for modern and contemporary art. Frank Lloyd Wright's unique building alone is worth a visit. For more about the building check out > Architecture New York

The most well-known artists in the Guggenheim include: Wassily Kandinsky, Marc Chagall, Joan Miro, Alexander Calder, Max Beckmann, Oskar Kokoschka, Lyonel Feininger, Pablo Picasso and many other great artists.

More Guggenheim museums worldwide:

Peggy Guggenheim Venedig

Guggenheim Bilbao

  

1071 Fifth Avenue

www.guggenheim.org

 

Whitney Museum of American Art

The Whitney Museum stands at the Hudson River and at the southern end of the Highline. A special architect was selected for this special location, Renzo Piano. The Italian star architect has already built many famous museums, such as the Centre Pompidou, the Zentrum Paul Klee or the annex for the Art Institute of Chicago. Renzo Piano has designed a building that offers many views on the area and roof terraces. The Whitney Museum of American Art features art from the United States, mostly modern and contemporary works. In addition to the museum's magnificent collection, special exhibitions are organized.

 

99 Gansevoort St, New York, NY

https://whitney.org

 

New Museum

Opened in 2007, The Centre for Contemporary Art arose from an initiative of the Director Marcia Tucker, who unfortunately died a year before the opening. The idea is to promote art by linking it with all levels of society and culture. The New Museum of SANAA architects, has become a brilliant place for art and communication.  

9/11 Memorial Museum

When the two towers of the World Trade Center collapsed in 2001, America changed. The 9/11 Memorial Museum shows the dramatic history of the terrorist attack and the heroic attempt of the New York Fire Department to save as many people as possible. The museum stands directly at Ground Zero, next to the two holes that mark the former World Trade Center. In the museum you can see huge steel parts from the destroyed twin towers, broken emergency vehicles of the fire department and other objects. On a guided tour, the stories behind the exhibits become even more moving.

 

180 Greenwich St, New York, NY

www.911memorial.org

 

Museum of Modern Art

Founded in 1929, the Museum of Modern Art is still the greates museum of modern art in the world, as its founders had set out to do. The three rich women Mary Quinn Sullivan, Lillie P. Bliss and Abbey Aldrich Rockefeller had the idea and the capital to finance such a museum. The women combined their art treasures into one large collection and built a museum for modern art in Midtown Manhattan in 1939. The MoMA was expanded by famous architects such as Philip Johnson, Cesar Pelli and Yoshio Taniguchi. The museum was remodeled in 2019 by New York architects Diller Scofidio, who also designed The Shed and the High Line Park.

The MoMA has over 150,000 works of art from painting, photography, plastics, design, computer games to architecture. With around 3 million visitors a year, it is one of the world's largest art museums.

 

11 West/53rd Street

www.moma.org

 

Metropolitan Museum of Art

The "Met" has a huge collection from all regions, cultures and centuries. The "Metropolitain Museum" shows religios objects, fashion, photography, armor, paintings and even buildings.

 

1000 Fifth Avenue

www.metmuseum.org

 

American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History impresses with gigantic dinosaur skeletons, huge whales and meteorites. There is also a space show, a 3D movie theatre and exhibitions.  

Museum of the City of New York

If you want to know why New York has become a phenomenal world city, you can immerse yourself into the history of the city. Numerous photographs, objects and documents, from the short but exciting history of New York, tell the story and explain the dynamics of NYC. 

Frick Collection

The museum has the appearance of a French city palace. The works of art are for the most part of European origin. Pictures by François Boucher, Edgar Degas, El Greco, Rembrandt and others are shown in the "Frick Collection". 

Fifth Ave./70th St

www.frick.org

 

Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum

The "Cooper-Hewitt" National Design Museum has a large collection of drawings, graphics, architectural sketches, fabric patterns and design objects from many eras and different cultures. 

P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center

In a former school in Queens, the MoMA has created a branch to give young artists a creative space. Motto of the "P.S.1" Contemporary Art Center: "The most experimental museum in the world". 

 

22-25 Jackson Avenue, Queens

www.ps1.org

 

Brooklyn Museum

The Brooklyn Museum is located on the northern edge of Prospect Park, with two subway stations nearby. The Brooklyn Museum offers a wide range of exhibits. The collection shows objects from Egypt, Asia, Europe, South America and of course North America. The quality of the objects can not compete with the Metropolitan Museum in Manhattan, but the Brooklyn Museum is not that crowded.

 

200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY

www.brooklynmuseum.org

 

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Museums Guide New York City

There are countless museums in New York City, the regiopia museums guide presents the most famous museums of the city. The 3 most famous museums are the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art "MoMA" and the Guggenheim Museum.

 

 

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