We know some people think museums are boring and loss of time. But remember, that New York is the Mecca of modern and contemporary art. So it’s worthwhile to visit its collection because inside the museum’s walls you’ll see works of art, which will take your breath away.
We have listed not only the most popular museums but also some very interesting but not so popular places, which definitely deserve to be seen. We have selected 7 NYC museums for art and history. Learn more about the collections, opening hours and how to get there.
American Museum of Natural History
Address: Central Park West & 79th St, New York, NY 10024
The American Museum of Natural History is huge complex of 27 interconnected buildings. It’s one of the largest museums in the world. It has an enormous collection of minerals, rocks, fossils and artifacts from human’s and animal’s natural history and evolution.
Even if you decide to visit only the permanent collection you’ll need at least a day. In the permanent exhibition, you can see displays showing the biodiversity and environmental evolution of the earth and nature, or in the birds and reptiles halls you can explore different species and learn about their habitats.
There are also fossil halls, mammals halls, a space discovery hall and hall of human origins and culture, where you can go through human’s evolution.
The current exhibitions change featuring themes about dinosaurs, insects, exploration and knowledge about space and earth.
Tickets: Standard adult tickets cost $22, or you can pay for a night at the museum, to explore the museum alone, participate in games and have a snack. Children between 6-16 years are allowed to sleepover. This will cost you $145 standard price.
Opening Hours: Daily 10am- 5:45pm
Getting There: Subway- take B or C line or by Bus- M79 to 81st Street.
Museum of Modern Art / MoMA
Address: 11 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019, United States
MoMA is the dream of every lover of contemporary and modern art. MoMA currently has 200 000 works of nearly 10 000 modern artists, starting from sculptures, paintings, photographs, to films, installations and performance arts.
Some of the highlights of the MoMA are artists like Marcel Duchamp, Van Gogh, Matisse and Chagall, Salvador Dali and Kandinsky, Frida Kahlo Willem de Kooning, Robert Rauschenberg, the minimalists Dan Flavin, Robert Morris, Donald Judd and much, much more.
In MoMA you can see examples of each and every art movement from the 20thcentury. The current exhibitions show fresh and new contemporary artists from all over the world or curator’s looks towards some of the most memorable artists and movements from the previous century. You can watch performance acts, watch films or participate in workshops. You should never miss MoMA, it’s great experience!
Tickets: Standard tickets are $25, and student tickets cost $14. Every Friday evening admission is fee from 4pm to 8pm
Opening Hours: Every Day from 10am to 5:30pm and Friday until 8pm
Getting There: Subway E or M train to 53rd Street or with Bus M1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 to the same street.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Address: 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028, United States
The Metropolitan Museum of Art or also called The Met is divided into three major parts, The Met at Fifth Avenue, The Met Cloisters, and The Met Breuer, which is dedicated to the contemporary art of 20th and 21st century. We will tell about the Met of Fifth Avenue, the biggest part of the museum.
There you can see 5000 years of art from all over the world. The museum’s collections display armor and weapons, musical instruments, clothing, along with art from Egypt, Asia, Africa, India and the Islamic world. The Met has gathered all the diversity of art and history. You can go through Greek and Roman art and sculptures, early and late European paintings, as well as American art. You can sigh for a guided tour every day to see the museum’s highlights.
Tickets: Standard adult tickets for all parts of the museum/ visited at one day/ is $25. The Met offer visiting the museum before it’s opening hours, when the halls are empty of crowd- tickets for individual admission start from $100.
Opening Hours: Sun- Thu from 10am to 5:30pm and Fri-Sat from 10am to 9pm
Getting There: Subway- trains 1, 4, 5, 6 to 86th Street or Bus- M1, M2, M3 or M4 to Fifth Avenue or 82nd or 83rd Street.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Address: 1071 5th Ave, New York, NY 10128, United States
The Guggenheim Foundation has three museums. One is in NYC, one in Venice and one in Bilbao. NYC’s Guggenheim museums features more than 7000 works of art, of artists from the 20th century and includes big names in both its permanent and temporary collection.
In the NYC collection you’ll be able to see works of Moholy-Nagy, Cezanne, Gaugin, Miro, Degas and also Matthew Barney, Georg Baselitz, Francis Bacon, Ai Wei Wei and more.
Don’t miss the current exhibitions, they travel the world, starting or ending at the Guggenheim NYC.
Tickets: Adults will pay $28 and students $18. Every Saturday between 5:45pm and 7:45pm visitors can pay what they wish.
Opening Hours: Mon- Sun from 10am to 5:45pm, except Thursdays, when is closed and Saturday opened until 7:45pm
Getting There: Subway trains 4,5 and 6 or Bus lines M1, 2, 3,4 to Madison or Fifth Avenue.
Address: 99 Margaret Corbin Dr, New York, NY 10040, United States
The Cloisters is museum, part of The Met displaying medieval European architecture, decorative art and sculpture. It’s situated at Washington Heights, thanks to the support of Rockefeller, who acquired the original collection.
The Museum show mainly Romanesque and Gothic art and architecture. The four cloisters are installed, taken from French monasteries. The cloisters are surrounded by smaller chapels, built in the spirit of medieval Europe. They show, how architecture and interiors, looked like during the mid centuries.
Along with the architectural tour, you’ll be able to walk around the gardens, which contain more than 250 plants, typical for medieval period.
Tickets: Full ticket for the The Met Museum- adults $25.
Opening Hours: March-October from 10am to 5:15pm, May-Sept to 7:30pm and Nov-Feb closes at 4:45pm
Getting There: Subway- take A train and get off at Margaret Corbin Drive or Bus M4 to the last stop
Whitney Museum of American Art
Address: 99 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014, United States
The Whitney Museum of American Art displays eight floors of all kinds of artworks of the American art history since 1900 until present days. You can see paintings, sculptures, prints, films, installations and photography.
Some of the highlighted artists, shown in the Whitney Museum are ackson Pollock, Jim Dine, Jasper Johns, Mark Rothko, Chuck Close, Cindy Sherman, and Roy Lichtenstein, Hopper, Alexander Calder, Marina Abramovic.
You can follow the development of art, going through different movements and influences, walking in the halls. The temporary exhibitions feature contemporary working artists and selections of works of the living artists from the 20th century. At their annual Biennal, Whitney show younger authors to the public.
Tickets: Adult ticket costs $22 and student/senior ticket is $17
Opening Hours: Mon-Wed-Thu-Sun from 10:30am to 6pm and Fri-Sat from 10:30am to 10pm, Tuesday is closed
Getting There: Subway lines A, C, E and L to 14th Street and Bus lines M14, M7, M11, M12
Museum of Arts and Design
Address: 2 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019, United States
The Museum of Arts and Design/MAD/ displays objects and works of craft and design, as well as objects from everyday life. You can see jewel exhibitions, wooden objects, metal designer’s plates, tools, furniture and textiles and quilt works. You’ll be able to explore works of art and design form the 50’s and the 60’s to completely modern deigns of our decade.
Current exhibitions are always worth to see, they display contemporary international designers, featuring plastics, furniture design, jewelry design, ceramics and more interesting exhibitions rolling over the year. You can also visit open artist studios
Tickets: Standard ticket is $16, student/senior ticket – $14
Opening Hours: Tues-Sun 10am to 6pm and Thu-Fri 10am to 9pm, Mondays is closed
Getting There: A, B, C, D or No. 1 to Columbus Circle at 59th Street; N, R, Q or W to 57th Street and 7th Avenuel, F to 57th Street and 6th Avenue
By Bus M5, M7, M10, M20, M30 and M104 to Columbus Circle at 59th Street or 57th Street and 8th Avenue