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The Two Most Popular Museums In New York

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You have heard about the Guggenheim and the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, but there are so many more New York museums to explore! For an experience you can’t find anywhere else, visit the Corning Museum of Glass to see where a young Thomas Edison had his first light bulbs hand-blown or the Strong Museum of Play where interactive exhibits reveal the science of fun. See large-scale modern art created for the vast rooms of Dia:Beacon, a former box-printing factory.

Discover New York’s equal rights history at momentous sites like the National Women’s Hall of Fame. In Cooperstown, celebrate American’s pastime at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and the beauty of Native American and folk art at the Fenimore Art Museum.

If you want to get outside, visit sculpture parks like Storm King Art Center and Griffis Sculpture Park. And discover the era of peace, love, and music by visiting Bethel Woods in the Catskills, the site of the famous 1969 Woodstock Music Festival.

1.Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

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An official Path Through History Site! Housed in one of the most iconic buildings in New York, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s collection is filled with prized pieces. The Guggenheim always presents interesting and innovative exhibitions, and the museum’s layout is like no other, as visitors experience the artwork along a huge ramp that spirals up around the entire interior of the cylindrical building.

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The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, often referred to as The Guggenheim, is an art museum located at 1071 Fifth Avenue on the corner of East 89th Street in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. It is the permanent home of a continuously expanding collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, early Modern, and contemporary art and also features special exhibitions throughout the year. The museum was established by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in 1939 as the Museum of Non-Objective Painting, under the guidance of its first director, Hilla von Rebay. It adopted its current name in 1952, three years after the death of its founder Solomon R. Guggenheim.

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In 1959, the museum moved from rented space to its current building, a landmark work of 20th-century architecture designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The cylindrical building, wider at the top than at the bottom, was conceived as a “temple of the spirit”. Its unique ramp gallery extends up from ground level in a long, continuous spiral along the outer edges of the building to end just under the ceiling skylight. The building underwent extensive expansion and renovations in 1992 when an adjoining tower was built, and from 2005 to 2008.

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The museum’s collection has grown over eight decades and is founded upon several important private collections, beginning with that of Solomon R. Guggenheim. The collection is shared with sister museums in Bilbao, Spain and elsewhere. In 2013, nearly 1.2 million people visited the museum, and it hosted the most popular exhibition in New York City.

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Kids and Families

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Foster a love of art in your family with these kid-friendly activities and programs.

2.The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York City, colloquially “the Met”, is the largest art museum in the United States. Its permanent collection contains over two million works, divided among 17 curatorial departments. The main building at 1000 Fifth Avenue, along the Museum Mile on the eastern edge of Central Park in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, is by area one of the world’s largest art galleries. A much smaller second location, The Cloisters at Fort Tryon Park in Upper Manhattan, contains an extensive collection of art, architecture, and artifacts from medieval Europe.

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Entrance

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The museum’s permanent collection consists of works of art from classical antiquity and ancient Egypt, paintings, and sculptures from nearly all the European masters, and an extensive collection of American and modern art. The Met maintains extensive holdings of African, Asian, Oceanian, Byzantine, and Islamic art. The museum is home to encyclopedic collections of musical instruments, costumes, and accessories, as well as antique weapons and armor from around the world. Several notable interiors, ranging from 1st-century Rome through modern American design, are installed in its galleries.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded in 1870 to bring art and art education to the American people. The Fifth Avenue building opened on February 20, 1872, at 681 Fifth Avenue. In 2020, it was closed for 202 days due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and attracted only 1,124,759 visitors. This was a drop of 83 percent from 2019, but the Met still ranked ninth on the list of most-visited art museums in the world.

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You need to spend more hours inside to see everythnig.

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