Art Museums of New York City, Whitney Museum of American Art, MoMA, MAD Museum

May 22, 2017

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I spent 9 years in New York and I can tell you that one of the best things about New York is it’s art scene. New York is great, when it comes to parties, restaurants, but art is certainly one of the main reasons one should visit the city. You can find art in New York everywhere you go. There are so many great museums in New York. You can walk around Soho and see lots of art displayed on the streets. Artists are selling their work everywhere. It s like an open-air museum on the streets of Soho. The West Village and the Lower East Side displays some fantastic murals and graffiti. The city is also home of some of the most amazing art colections. Museums like the Whitney Museum of American Art, the MAD Museum, the MoMA and the Guggenheim Museums. There are many galleries all over Chelsea. It is a colorful and artistic city.

Art Installation in the Meat Packing District, New York

Art Installation in the Meat Packing District, New York

Galleries in Chelsea

Visiting galleries on a Thursday afternoon in Chelsea is great fun. You can see 10-20 galleries with all sorts of different art works. NY art galleries portray eclectic random art. At every gallery you can have some wine and beer sometimes some snacks. You get to chat with the artist and other art lovers. I used to love going to these galleries to see the art installations and mingle with other art lovers. These galleries make the New York art scene to be so fascinating.

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Art Installation in a Gallery in Chelsea

Art Installation in a Gallery in Chelsea

The MET

Some of the best museums in the World are located in New York such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, known as the MET. The Metropolitan Museum in New York is by Central Park and 86th Street and one can spend a whole day there, as there is so much to see. It is one of the largest and richest museums in New York City and the whole World. The New York Metropolitan Museum is famous for its Egyptian collection as well as its African, Asian, Oceanian, Byzantine, Indian, and Islamic art. The entrance fee is donation only. So, if you only have $1 to donate, it should be enough to allow you to enter. This is the largest art museum in New York and in the United States.

The MoMA and the Guggenheim

I love modern art and I am a big fan of the MoMA and the Guggenheim. These museums in NYC attract lots of art lovers from all over the World. The MOMA in New York has one of the richest contemporary art collections in the World. The MoMA has been around since 1829 and has more than 28,000 art pieces. The New York MoMA is located in midtown Manhattan right next to the Rockefeller Center. The MoMA is one of the most exciting New York art museum.

Guggenheim Museum

Guggenheim Museum

I was a long time member of both museums. Not only because these museums throw great parties, but also because their exhibitions are great. New York museums show case some of the finest collections in the World. These are not only the best museums in NYC, but also counted amongst the top museums around the World.

The Whitney Museum

The Whitney Museum of American Art is also great. It hosts a great array of contemporary art from artists like Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons. The Whitney is one of the most famous museums in New York.

Whitney Museum of American Art

Whitney Museum of American Art

Whitney Museum of American Art

Whitney Museum of American Art

The MAD Museum

The MAD Museum (Museum of Art & Design) is another very interesting museum on Central Park South. It is one of the most interesting art museums in NYC. They usually have very cool installations. The exhibition always changes so you always see something different every time you visit.

Museum of Art and Design, New York

Museum of Art and Design, New York

Museum of Art and Design, New York

Museum of Art and Design, New York

The Neue Gallerie

The Neue Gallerie near the MET is another cool little gallery that hosts Austrian and German art. It is my favorite art gallery in New York. If you love Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele, you don’t want to miss this museum. I personally love Gustav Klimt’s huge gold paints, therefore, I often visited this museum.

The New Museum in New York

Another great museum is the New Museum of Contemporary Art on Bowery Street. This museum has many interesting collections. The collection keeps changing however, so you never know what to expect. The museum never disappoints. The New Museum of NYC is located on 235 Bowery Street. The museum displays contemporary art from all around the World. Maria Tucker founded this museum in 1977 to display art by new, unknown artists.

PS1

One of the best of the New York City museums is PS1. This museum is connected to MoMA in Queens. This place had great garden parties in the Summer every Saturday afternoon. It was a good opportunity to see the art installation in the garden of the museum, see the art inside the museum and listen to the music of great DJs, dance and socialize. These are really good parties. PS1 is surrounded by really cool graffiti in every direction. It is worth venturing out to Queens to see all those graffiti all around the overground. The buildings look very colorful.

Most of these museums are not cheap to get into. The entrance fee can be as high as $20. The good thing about the MET, that the entrance fee is a donation to the museum, so you do not have to donate more than $1 to get in. For other museums however, you do have to pay to get in.

What s your favorite museum or museum party in New York? Leave a comment below.

Museum of Art and Design, New York

Museum of Art and Design, New York

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Barbara is a London based luxury travel and lifestyle blogger. She started traveling through Paris, London, New York, Milan, Tokyo at the age of 17 to conquer the World as a model. Ever since, she has visited 67 countries. She writes about the most exclusive jet-set destinations such as Cannes, Venice Film Festivals, Monaco Grand Prix, Oscar Parties in LA, Fashion Weeks in Milan or Paris as well as yacht parties in St-Tropez, Miami Art Basel, Biennale in Venice, Frieze in London or the Royal Wedding in Monaco.

  • This museum seems like one I would love to visit! I am adding it to my New Year to-do list when I eventually visit there.

    • Barb

      Which one? There are a list of museums in the post. Please read the post before commenting.

  • An amazing compilation indeed. Love art and especially art with meaning! 🙂 The Whitney museum is so vibrant! 🙂 I’d love to visit the MAD musuem and the PS1 museum for its graffiti! 🙂 Super creative stuff!

    • Barb

      Yes, no doubt. The MAD is great. It is very creative. PS1 is also awesome in the Summer, when they have parties.

  • Jen Ryder

    There are so many amazing art museums in New York, and with rotating exhibitions you can go again and again! I have only had a chance to visit a couple of the museums you mentioned so far (MoMA and the MET). I would love to check out The Whitney Museum of American Art and the MAD museum next time I am there!

    • Barb

      YEs, those are pretty good too, but the MOMA is my favorite.

  • Julie

    The art museums were one of my favourite parts of living in NYC. Being able to walk into the Met any day you want is simply amazing. I also love the Frick Collection in the UES, since the former mansion is a beautiful setting for the art collection.

    • Barb

      Oh, I have to check that out! Sounds great! Thanks for opening my eyes into something new!

  • megan_claire

    I feel quite ashamed that I’ve visited New York quite a number of times and haven’t made it to any museums or art galleries! The Metropolitan Museum of Art is high on my list, as is the MoMA and the Guggenheim. Will have to plan a specific art trip!

    • Barb

      Yes, you can spend a week in NYC just looking at art. It s a wonderful city for that.

  • Victoria J. Yore

    Great post! My boyfriend’s cousin actually works at the Gougenheim! I’ve never been to the Chelsea gallery either which is very interesting to me. But the met is our favorite

    • Barb

      Sounds like a great job, working at the Guggenheim. In Chelsea there are lots of galleries to visit. The MET is cool.

  • That is such a great list of museums there. Wonder what would be the tour time for each of these. I am keen more on that art and design museum. I love seeing the creative part of the places I visit.

    • Barb

      Yes, that one is really cool. It all depends on the size of the museum, how long it takes to explore them. You can spend days exploring the MET.

  • miieloise

    New York is so iconic! It’s such a long list of quality museums, its impressive. It feels like one visit wouldn’t be enough to appreciate all NY has to offer.

    • Barb

      Yes, it s true. I lived there for 9 years and I could always see more of it.

  • Love it! So many places to visit. I’ve only been to a handful of these so will definitely make it a point to go to the others next time I find myself in NYC!! Thanks for these awesome tips.

    • Barb

      I m glad I inspired you to visit some of the museums of NYC.

  • Michelle Berkes

    I have been meaning to visit NYC with art as a top priority, and this really helps me! I didn’t realize the MET was the biggest art museum in the United States, and I had no idea that some of the museums throw parties. That sounds like so much fun, and I will have to check out their schedules before I visit!

    • Barb

      Yes, the Guggenheim art after dark parties rock! You should make sure to hit one of those.

  • bc21578

    Barbara, the only museum I’ve visited in your list is the PS1

    • Barb

      I thought you were the museum expert when it comes to NYC museums…..

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