Top 5: Art Museums in NYC

While visiting New York City, it can get difficult to decide to which Art Museums you are going to visit…

It mainly depends on the type of art you are interested, but from classics to contemporary works, here we picked the best art museums in New York showcasing the world’s finest art:

1- The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Since “The Met” presents over 5,000 years of art from around the world, New Yorkers affectionately call it, “is our Louvre”. You could easily spend a week exploring the treasures of the Met!


“It is one the world’s premier cultural institutions, with a collection encompassing everything from ancient classics to modern masters. If you only have a day — or even a half-day — you can still do the museum’s vast collection. The key is to find the pieces that are the most iconic and the most indicative of their era – and the artist behind the creation.” –Karen Jones from

5 things you can certainly not miss at The Met are:

  1. The Temple of Dendur
  2. King Henry VIII’s Armor
  3. Greek Terracotta Vases
  4. Wheat Field with Cypresses by Vincent van Gogh
  5. The Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer by Edgar Degas


1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10028

2- The Museum of Modern Art

The MoMA is definetly the Top of the modern art museums in the world! It has plenty of amazing works in its collection, paintings especially. Here you can enjoy extraordinary exhibitions and the world’s finest collection of modern and contemporary art!

This multi-level museum displays cutting edge contemporary works, as well as pieces by modern masters Edward Hopper, Le Corbusier and Rene Magritte. Crowds can be intense, particularly for big-name installations and traveling exhibitions. Take the elevator to the top floor upon entering, and then work your way down, missing the masses who bottleneck on the ground floor. MoMA’s Michelin-starred restaurant by New York City star chef Danny Meyer is appropriately named The Modern; Meyer’s award-winning eatery is largely credited with reinventing museum fare. 10 Best USA Today

The Museum Of Modern Art also known as MOMA

The 5 things you can not miss in the MoMA:

  1. Salvador Dalì, The Persistence of Memory (1931)
  2. Vincent van Gogh. The Starry Night. 1889

  3. Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait with Cropped Hair (1940)
  4. Pablo Picasso, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907)
  5. Andy Warhol, Gold Marilyn Monroe (1962)


11 West 53 St., New York, NY 10019

3-Neue Galerie 

If you are a Klimt fan, this is the place you can not miss! Here is where you’ll find the original “Gustav Klimt and Adele Bloch-Bauer: The Woman in Gold,”

The Neue Galerie acquired this piece of art in 2006. At the time of the acquisition, the museum’s President and co-founder, Ronald S. Lauder, stated: “With this dazzling painting, Klimt created one of his greatest works of art.”


I totally recommend the movie Woman in Gold (2015), where you will fall in love with the story behind this piece of art.


This museum is of the early twentieth-century German and Austrian art and design. Therefore, it is one of the recent additions to the Museum Mile of the Upper East area of Manhattan.

In addition to its gallery spaces, the museum also contains a bookstore, design shop, and two Viennese cafés, “Café Sabarsky” and “Café Fledermaus”, both of which are operated by restaurateur Kurt Gutenbrunner.


Neue Galerie New York
1048 Fifth Avenue (at 86th Street)
New York, NY 10028

4-Solomon R. Guggenheim

It’s an internationally renowned art museum and one of the most significant architectural icons of the 20th century, the Guggenheim Museum in New York is at once a vital cultural center, an educational institution, at the top of Museum Mile you cannot miss!

A monument to modernism, the unique architecture of the space, with its spiral ramp riding to a domed skylight thrills visitors.


It actually sits within the most famous work in its collection: The building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright as the Guggenheim New York’s home.

In the words of Paul Goldberger, “Wright’s building made it socially and culturally acceptable for an architect to design a highly expressive, intensely personal museum. In this sense almost every museum of our time is a child of the Guggenheim.”But the museum has holdings to match, especially paintings. If you’re planning to visit, here are the five best examples to watch out for:

  1. Édouard Manet, Before the Mirror (Devant la glace), 1876
  2. Paul Gauguin, In the Vanilla Grove, Man and Horse (Dans la vanillère, homme et cheval), 1891
  3. Kazimir Malevich, Morning in the Village after Snowstorm, 1912
  4. Pierre Bonnard, Dining Room on the Garden (Grande salle à manger sur le jardin), 1934–35
  5. Pablo Picasso, Woman with Yellow Hair (Femme aux cheveux jaunes), Paris, December 1931


1071 5th Ave, New York, NY 10128


5-Whitney Museum of American Art

First of all this Museum has a great location, it is located in the middle of the trendiest districts in Manhattan: The Meatpacking District.


Also, this museum is not only about the inside, but the outside art installations as well. In fact, once you are on the top of it, you will enjoy the view of the Hudson and  the end of the amazing High Line!


The indoor museum  presents the full range of twentieth-century and contemporary American art, with a special focus on works by living artists.

The Whitney is dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting American art, and its collection—arguably the finest holding of twentieth-century American art in the world—is the Museum’s key resource.

“Art feels at home in them, and the work in the museum’s top-to-bottom inaugural show is homegrown.” says Holland Cotter from NY Times.


The Museum’s signature exhibition, the Biennial, is the country’s leading survey of the most recent developments in American art.

Definitely a must visit if you are around the area!


99 Gansevoort Street
New York, NY 10014


By: Andrea Bogarin-Ackerman


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