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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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