A Guide to NYC Museums

New York City has some of the best museums and art galleries in the world that cater to children, adults, history buffs and those interested in new media.  When you visit or live in NYC, you are surrounded by a wealth of culture.

The Great Classics

The Guggenheim is one of the New York’s famous museums. Not only are the contents inside a work of art, but so is the building. Completed in 1959, this Frank Lloyd Wright wonder is a landmark. The Guggenheim is open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 5:45 pm, with the exception of Thursday when it is closed. On Saturday, the museum offers extended hours from 5:45 to 7:45 pm which are "pay what you wish" times.  Installations are always evolving, with works ranging from Impressionist through Contemporary.

The Met is known for great art and great events such as the Met Gala, thrown for society to celebrate art and culture. The breadth of installations provided here make this a spot which can be visited over and over without seeing the same thing twice. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is made up of the main building at Fifth Avenue and 82nd Street, as well as the Cloisters, which are located in Inwood. The Met is open Sunday through Thursday from 10 am to 5:30 pm and Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 9 pm.

The American Museum of Natural History is a museum which many children from New York City and the surrounding area have been raised on. From the towering dinosaurs in the main entrance to the Butterfly Conservatory, this is a space full of wonder. Inquisitive minds, both young and old, should make the trip here at least once a year to find out what discoveries have been made on land, in the sea and in the cosmos. The American Museum of Natural History is open daily from 10 am to 5:45 pm.

Off The Beaten Path

Some museums come to favor by word of mouth. There are the spots to visit to see the upcoming artists and innovators who will one day show at the classic spots. One such spot, which gained popularity during NY Fashion Week, is Milk Studios. The curators behind this space are on the cusp of the latest in fashion, film, music and art. The Milk Gallery on 15th Street, is the place to begin when looking to get a foot in the door of the change in fashion.

For the Budding Artists

Getting the kids involved in the art which this city has to offer will set them up for success. The Children's Museum of Manhattan offers five floors of interactive art education for little minds. This spot offers classes, exhibitions and evenings full of art. The Children's Museum of Manhattan is open Sunday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm, with the exception of Monday, when they are closed. Saturday, the hours are extended until 7 pm.

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