Top 14 Museums in New York City

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Best Museums to visit in New York City

The city of New York is home to some of the largest museums in the world that house extensive collections. Locals and tourists alike will be excited to visit any, if not all of the many well-established institutions that feature various art pieces, artifacts, and displays. Our list provides a short glimpse at the many museums in the city and what they can offer.

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1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has one of the world's most extensive collection of art with over two million displays through its many buildings. The collection showcases different curatorial departments that house some of the most valuable art pieces known to man. Collections include fine art, classical, European, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Islamic, American, and many more.


2. The Met Breuer

The Met Breuer is a contemporary art museum at 945 Madison Avenue and East 75th Street. The bold architecture designed by Marcel Breuer is a distinct structure that's easily identifiable in the many buildings in the area. Visitors can appreciate the lovely collection of art displays and exhibitions offered by the museum.


3. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

The Museum of Modern Art is an art museum along 53rd Street in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. It is known for showcasing contemporary art pieces in various mediums including architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, prints, drawing, illustrated books, artist's books, film, and electronic media. Known locally as the MoMA, the museum is an excellent place to appreciate and learn about various modern art forms.


4. New York Historical Society

The New York Historical Society is a library and historical museum showcasing a comprehensive collection of American culture and history. Visit and enjoy the many ancient artifacts, art pieces, documents, and many other displays in the museum. 


5. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

The Guggenheim or the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum is a lovely art museum at 1071 Fifth Avenue in the Upper East Side neighborhood of New York City. The amazingly designed building is home to an extensive collection of art displays and exhibits. Enjoy an organized tour or walk at your own pace and view the fascinating pieces throughout the museum.


6. Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

The Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum at the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan is a branch of the Smithsonian Institute and one of three facilities in New York City. The museum features collections and exhibitions devoted to historical and contemporary designs providing excellent discussions and comparisons.

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7. Museum of the City of New York

The Museum of the City of New York is the city's historical and art institute that focuses the many distinctive characteristics and heritage of New York. Founded in 1923, the museum preserves and curates many iconic displays and artifacts that highlight the rich culture and history of the city.


8. American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History is an iconic institute home to one of the most extensive collections of specimens of various fossils, plants, animals, minerals, rocks, meteorites, artifacts, remains, and many more. The over 2 million square feet museum features a rotating and well-curated display of the many pieces in the collection.


9. Whitney Museum of American Art

The Whitney Museum of American Art known colloquially as, "The Whitney" is a wonderful art museum in New York City. Founded in 1931, the Whitney features an extensive collection of 20th and 21st century American art. Explore the many art pieces, exhibitions, and displays of contemporary American artists.


10. The Frick Collection

The Frick Collection is the museum at Henry Clay Frick House in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan. The museum provides a lovely tour of its impressive collection of art pieces that visitors of all ages will surely enjoy. The museum features various displays including paintings, sculptures, silverware, textiles, artifacts, furniture, ceramics, paper canvases, and many more.


11. New Museum

The New Museum of New York City is a dedicated contemporary art museum known internationally for its excellent exhibitions and comprehensive collection. The Museum features various exhibits that showcase different themes and displays.


12. Neue Galerie New York

The Neue Galerie of New York is an early twentieth-century German and Austrian art museum at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 86th Street. The collection has two sections divided between fine art and decorative art pieces from 20th century Austria on the second floor and a German section displaying art pieces from the same era.


13. International Center of Photography

The International Center of Photography is the largest museum dedicated to preserving the many aspects of photography. The collection displays various cameras and imaging equipment that has been curated for many years.


14. Museum of Arts and Design

The Museum of Arts and Design collects, displays, and interprets the many pieces, artifacts, and documents relevant to art and design. The museum explores and studies the craft of art and design throughout its long history.

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Joe Pryor
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I have had the pleasure of a lot of them plus minor ones and for me it is the cetner of the art world.

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