Top 10 Museums

Top 10 Museums

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1) Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1000 5th Av @ 82nd; “The Met” is an art museum located on the eastern edge of Central Park, along what is known as Museum Mile in New York. It has a permanent collection containing more than two million works of art, divided into nineteen curatorial departments.Represented in the permanent collection are works of art from classical antiquity and Ancient Egypt, paintings and sculptures from nearly all the European masters, and an extensive collection of American and modern art. The Met also maintains extensive holdings of African, Asian, Oceanic, Byzantine and Islamic art. The museum is also home to encyclopedic collections of musical instruments, costumes and accessories, and antique weapons and armor from around the world


2) American Museum of Natural History: Central Park West @ 79th St, adjacent to Central Park; The Natural History Museum is a must-see, especially if you’re traveling with children. It’s one of the most famous tourist attractions in New York City. The Central Park West entrance has towering white columns and a bronze statue of President Theodore Roosevelt on horseback, other parts of the building look Medieval, with towers like on a storybook castle, and the Rose Center is as modern as a building can get, a glass box with the new Hayden sphere floating in the center. Inside there are 42 permanent exhibits and several temporary ones covering everything in creation from the beginning of time to the present, every discipline of human science: biology, ecology, zoology, geology, astronomy, and anthropology.


3) Museum of Modern Art: 11 West 53rd Street @ 5th-6th Av; “MOMA” is an art museum singularly important in developing and collecting modernist art, and is often identified as the most influential museum of modern art in the world.The museum’s collection offers an unparalleled overview of modern and contemporary art,including works of architecture, design, drawings, paintings, sculpture, photography, illustrated books, film and electronic media.


4) Guggenheim Museum: 1071 5th Ave @ 89th; Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the museum––which is often called simply The Guggenheim––is home to a renowned permanent collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, early Modern, and contemporary art, and also features special exhibitions throughout the year. Internally, the viewing gallery forms a gentle helical spiral from the ground level up to the top of the building. Paintings are displayed along the walls of the spiral and also in exhibition space found at annex levels along the way.


5) Ellis Island Immigration Museum: Ellis Island – Take Ferry. This restored landmark re-opened in 1990 saving the memories and heritage of over 100 million Americans who can trace their immigrant roots here. Between 1892 and 1954, 12 million immigrants entered the United States from this island in New York Harbor, greeted by the Statue of Liberty “next door” on Liberty Island. The Ellis Island Immigrant Museum offers visitors a chance to see what coming to America meant through film, archives, photos, recordings and the aura of the Great Hall. Don’t miss the Immigrant Wall of Honor, a circular monument containing 200,000 names commemorated by their ancestors.


6) Whitney Museum of American Art: 945 Madison @ 75th; The Whitney’s Collection houses one of the world’s foremost collections of twentieth-century American art. The Permanent Collection of some eighteen thousand works encompasses paintings, sculptures, multimedia installations, drawings, prints, and photographs. The Whitney was founded in 1931.


7) Museum of Television and Radio: a/k/a Paley Center for Media; 25 W 52nd @ 5th Av; The Museum of Television and Radio is dedicated to audio-visual artifacts with a collection of over 50,000 TV and radio shows. The Paley Center for Media is committed to the idea that many television and radio programs are significant works and should be preserved for posterity’s sake. Instead of collecting artifacts and memorabilia, the Paley Center comprises mostly screening rooms, including two full-sized theaters. More than 120,000 television shows, commercials and radio programs are available in the Paley Center’s library, and during each visit, viewers can select and watch, at individual consoles, shows totaling an hour in length. Radio programs are accessed through these same consoles.


8) Brooklyn Museum: 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn. The second largest art museum in NYC. One of the premier art institutions in the world, its permanent collection includes more than one-and-a-half million objects, from ancient Egyptian masterpieces to contemporary art, and the art of many other cultures. The museum is well-known for its expansive collections of 17th, 18th, and 19th century paintings, throughout a wide range of schools of art.


9) Frick Collection: 1 E 70th St @ 5th Av: Former home of steel magnate Henry Clay Frick. The Frick is one of the preeminent small art museums in the United States, with a very high-quality collection of old master paintings and fine furniture housed in 16 galleries within the formerly occupied residential mansion.


10) Lower East Side Tenement Museum: 97 Orchard @ Delancey; Preserves a six-story brick tenement building that was home to an estimated 7,000 people, from over 20 nations, between 1863 and 1935. The building is able to convey a vivid sense of the deplorable living conditions experienced by its tenants, especially the top two floors which contain rooms, wallpaper, plumbing and paper preserved as they were found in 1988. The museum’s exhibits include restored apartments that depict the lives of newly arrived immigrants during various time periods in American history.


10) New York Transit Museum: 130 Livingston St, 10th Floor, Brooklyn, NY; The New York Transit Museum, one of the city’s leading cultural institutions is the largest museum in the United States devoted to urban public transportation history, and one of the premier institutions of its kind in the world. The Museum explores the development of the greater New York Metropolitan region through the presentations of exhibitions, tours, educational programs, and workshops dealing with the cultural, social, and technological history of public transportation.