Posted by: Angela Buer | December 9, 2008

New York Art Museums

I had the privilege of visiting New York for the first time and, being a museum lover, made a goal of seeing the three major museums of art.

Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10028
Phone: (212) 535-7710
Website: www.metmuseum.org

Solomon R Guggenheim Museum
1071 5th Ave., New York, NY 10128
Phone: (212) 423-3500
Website: www.guggenheim.org

Museum of Modern Art
11 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019-5497
between Fifth and Sixth avenues
Phone: (212) 708-9400
Website: www.moma.org

I must say, all three of these museums were incredible.
For a day trip, I suggest the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I toured it in 5 hours and was able to explore each and every room (many on accident because I got lost quite a few times). I did this visit without a break and I must admit, I was extremely exhausted after. I also visited first thing in the morning when it wasn’t so crowded. By the time I left, the museum was extremely busy. So, for most, a day trip for this museum is recommended.

The Guggenheim and the MOMA museums, respectfully, could be a single day trip for both.

One of my all-time favorite museums I wanted to see during my visit to New York was the Guggenheim. Completed in 1959, the building was commissioned from Frank Lloyd Wright. Both Guggenheim and Wright never saw the final product, but it was a pleasure to tour this wonderful museum.
I particularly enjoy modern art, and during my visit, caught the Louise Bourgeois exhibition (now closed). I was also advised by a friend to begin the tour at the top and work your way down, so I took the elevator up and meandered through the various galleries on each floor, while enjoying Louise Bourgeois’ work in the main winding corridors. Photography is only allowed in the lower-level lobby, but you can check out some great views at their website here. http://www.guggenheim.org

Collections include 20th Century artists such as: Robert Delaunay, Albert Gleizes, Max Ernst, Kirchner, Kupka, Léger, Franz Marc, Joan Miró, Moholy-Nagy, Picasso, Cézanne, Gauguin, Manet, Monet, Vincent van Gogh, Camille Pissarro and more. I really enjoyed the Kandinsky gallery which features works from the artist’s earlier period.

The entire tour of the Guggenheim, NY took approximately 2 hours, well-worth a morning visit before lunch in Central Park.

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