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8 Best Museums You Must Add to Your Itinerary in New York

Asmita Karanje

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New York is the place where you can find some unrivaled and incomparable museums.

Did you know there are more than 80 museums in the NY city alone? Yes, NY has the most number of museums in the entire US.

I have compiled a list of eight best museums you must explore while in New York.

The Noguchi Museum

Located in Queens, New York, this museum was created and designed by the Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi showcasing his drawings, sculptures, architectural models, furniture designs, and stage designs. The New York State Council on the Arts has recognized the Museum’s educational programs, Art for Families and Art for Tots as an example of a community outreach project.

You will find here Noguchi’s mostly abstract sculptures and the often-copied paper lamps which are displayed across the exhibition space and all around the quiet ivy-colored garden. There, you will see his Akari light sculptures which are geometric or globular lamps made of washi paper and bamboo that glow softly from within.

This is a great place for the architecture and design enthusiasts but also an intimate and meditative place where you can pause and rest on the numerous benches around.

New Museum

A seven-story building that looks like blocks stacked on top of each other. It tends to feature lesser-known artists who make the viewing subjective, but it also makes the museum an exciting and diverse place to visit.

All the space is dedicated to a constantly changing array of contemporary art which makes it distinctive and interesting.

It was found out that of all the major museums of New York, the is the one that attracts mostly locals and art insiders. Plus factor is the gift shop which sells books and other obscure tomes and a café worth the stop. So, if you want to be surprised, check this out.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Met has something for everyone. This museum has remained the cultural heart of New York City for almost a century and a half. Located at Central Park, the building is truly a sight to be seen with its Gothic-Revival-stye building and iconic tiered steps.

Once you step inside its Great Hall, you will find an endless parade of museum-goers not only from the US but from all over the world.

Start with the 2,000 Egyptian temples, the Temple of Dendur which was gifted by Egypt to the US, and was awarded to the Met by President Johnson in 1967. This temple alone will leave you amazed, it is no wonder because it is one of the most evocative and best-loved works of art in the museum.

On the second-floor galleries, that is where you will see the works by the old masters such as Degas, Cezanne, van Gogh, and Monet. You can also head out to the Greek and Roman Sculpture Court, where you will find numerous centuries-old objects of indescribable beauty.

There are 5,000 years of history inside the Met, that one day is not enough for you to digest. Since it is often crowded, especially on the temporary exhibits, arrive early in the morning and avoid the weekends if possible.

Rubin Museum of Art

A museum devoted to the art of India and the Himalayas. The collection of about 38,000 pieces and spanning 1,500 years is composed of paintings, sculptures, installations, and reproductions of murals of Tibet’s Lukhang Temple, exhibits of mid-century India, and Nepal’s Kathmandu Valley.

The Rubin is rarely overcrowded which is fitting for the numerous Buddhist imagery and religious artifacts that promote a sense of peace. The gift shop is a must-stop for those interested in handmade items sourced from the Himalayas which includes brass statues of Ganesh, wooden meditation buddhas, and colorful Indian pottery. You will also find authentic Himalayan food in the museum’s Café Serai.

The Frick Collection

On the Upper East Side is for the old-school European art. Epic landscapes and historical portraits hang in gilded frames. El Greco, Joseph William Turner, and John Constable are among those who dominate this place.

Located at an Upper East Side mansion, the courtyard can transport you to the South of France just for some moments. Try it as the audio guide is excellent.

American Museum of Natural History

It is only at the Natural History Museum where you can have a worldwide journey through mountains, jungles and deep into the sea.

Located on Upper West Side, this museum was founded in 1869 and has collected more than 33 million of specimens relating to the natural world and human cultures. Millions of people all over the world visit this museum every year.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Often referred to as The Guggenheim, this art museum is home to an expanding vast collection of early Modern, Contemporary, Impressionist, and Post-Impressionist art.

This was the last major project designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright, a famous architect who believed in designing in harmony with humanity and the environment, the philosophy he called organic architecture.

After visiting the often-enchanting main exhibit for the season, go to the small rooms and see the permanent collections of such notables like Manet, Picasso, Cezanne, and the largest selection of Kandinsky paintings.

Brooklyn Museum

This art museum is one of the oldest and largest museums in the US. It is well-known as a permanent place for some of the ancient Egyptian masterpieces down to contemporary art which represents a wide range of culture. Works of Monet, Degas, and Cezanne are part of the collection along with some Early American Art.

There is something for everyone in this city. No wonder so many people flock to New York every year. Whether you are a student of art or history or science, I hope you enjoyed this compilation. Let me know if there are other museums that you have found fascinating.

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