The amount of art in New York City can be overwhelming. Actually, it is. If you love art and you have only a few days in the City, you’ll find it a real struggle to see every painting, statue or installation you’ve been dreaming for years, especially if you live in a small town. Obviously, if you’re passionate about it, you already know exactly what you want to see. Still, don’t plan to spend an entire day inside a museum: it’s better to select floors and works of art, and enjoy a few beautiful pieces a little longer, rather than run through the halls just for a glimpse. In case you’re not sure about what to pick, here are 5 must-see museums.
MoMA – The Museum of Modern Art is the house of the wonderful Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”, along with more than 10,000 other works. Located on 53rd Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenue, it’s considered a symbol of design, the place where new ideas and artistic trends are shaped, surrounded by the likes of Matisse, Pollock and Picasso, just to name a few. If it’s a warm season, take a moment to relax in the outside garden.
Metropolitan Museum of Art – With its white columns at the entrance on Fifth Avenue, the “Met” introduces itself as a treasure chest full of ancient beauty. Think back to any great culture of the past: Rome, Greece, Egypt, Africa, Asia. You’ll find them all here. One of the biggest attraction is the surprising Egyptian Temple of Dendur, built around 15 B.C. and re-built in a museum wing. Be sure to have a map before starting your visit. It’s very easy to get lost in this huge building, but don’t be afraid to ask for information and directions.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum – As marketing people know, packaging is important. In this case, the rule is not only observed – it is developed at its best. The building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Guggenheim Museum, in 89th Street and Fifth Avenue, rewards the visitors even before they step into the iconic circled-hall. Since it’s smaller than the ones mentioned before, this is probably the only «human-scaled» museum on the list: it takes from two to three hours to visit it properly.
Museum of the Moving Image – Have you ever wondered what it was like to see a Chaplin’s movie when Chaplin himself was a young director? You can now see it with your eyes, in this surprising museum located in Queens. This hands-on experience is a true gift for movie-goers and film lovers. From the first experiments on moving images to video games and 3D movies, you’ll be guided through the history of cinema. Pictures, masks, costumes, old televisions and cameras, sound effects: don’t miss your chance to tale a look behind the screen.
Brooklyn Museum – Even if many people don’t consider this place a must for a first visit in NYC, it really deserves a few hours of your time. The Brooklyn Museum iws the second biggest museum in the City after the Met. And just like that, you’ll find some more pieces of the Egyptian history puzzle, along with American art, African ancient artefacts and statues. You cannot even find an excuse not to go there: take Subway 1 or 2 and exit at Easter Parkway-Brooklyn Museum. You’ll be right in front of it.