Feed Your Head at New York CIty's Best Museums

Emily Saladino

By , Local Expert, New York
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New York City is, without a doubt, an embarrassment of riches. Groundbreaking theatre troupes perform cutting edge debuts from Broadway to Bayside, and musicians bring top-tier entertainment to all five boroughs. What we lack in pastoral resources, we make up for with innovative fitness trends (SoulCycle, anyone?) and enormous swatches of green space courtesy of our expansive city parks. Sports fans too are forced to make some difficult choices. Are you rooting for the Jets or the Giants? The Mets or the Yankees? The Islanders or the Devils? The options are seemingly endless.

Similarly, when it comes to artistic enthusiasms,...  Read more »

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    Museum of Modern Art

    Designed by Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi, MoMA, as it's known locally, is a global powerhouse with enormous international influence.

    Local Expert Tip: "Admission is free every Friday between 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Dodge the inevitable crowds by arriving as close to 4:00 p.m. as possible. "

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    Museum of the City of New York

    Filled with intimate spaces and unusual exhibitions, the Museum of the City of New York goes inside the city that never sleeps.

    Local Expert Tip: "Live in the 'hood? The community-driven "I'm a Neighbor" program means free admission for anyone with an address above 103rd Street. "

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    Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

    Since its 1959 Manhattan debut, the Guggenheim has been a global powerhouse displaying the world's best contemporary artists.

    Local Expert Tip: "Befriend a member of the museum to check out Art After Dark, seasonal events that start after-hours, around 9:00 p.m., and are typically centered on exhibitions or programs. There is a cash bar plus hip tunes spun by local deejays and friends of the artists."

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    New Museum

    The first newbuild art museum to open in New York since 1966's The Whitney, the New Museum has big shoes to fill and moxie to spare.

    Local Expert Tip: "The museum is notoriously short on exhibition space but long on chic events facilities. Check out the all-white Sky Room, and take in stellar views of downtown Manhattan from the wraparound terrace."

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    Lower East Side Tenement Museum

    This one-time immigrant housing complex is now a National Historic Site with regular tours, archives and exhibitions.

    Local Expert Tip: "After your visit, refuel at the Lower East Side's enormously popular The Meatball Shop, an ode to the Italian-American crowd-pleaser."

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    Brooklyn Museum of Art

    New York City's second-largest museum, this Brooklyn behemoth holds some 1.5 million pieces of artwork.

    Local Expert Tip: "A family affair, the Brooklyn Museum has a partnership with local high schools through which teenagers can earn positions to give gallery tours and plan teen-focused events."

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    American Museum of Natural History

    The world's largest museum on the subject, this Upper West Side institution contains more than 3 million...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Download the Beyond Planet Earth AR app and other iPhone apps before visiting the museum. "

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    MoMA PS1

    The Queens-based arm of the world-famous Museum of Modern Art is off the Manhattan grid and dedicated to the avant-garde.

    Local Expert Tip: "Long Island City has a number of hip bars and restaurants, but the museum's own M Wells Dinette is a local favorite."

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    New York Transit Museum

    An only-in-New-York experience, this Brooklyn outpost is located underground in a former subway station.

    Local Expert Tip: "This museum one of the most charming gift shops around, selling umbrellas with maps of the NYC subway system and housewares made from recycled MetroCards."

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    The Cloisters

    Part medieval gallery, part bucolic hideaway, this museum holds an impressive collection from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

    Local Expert Tip: "In warmer months, pack a lunch and precede your art crawl with a picnic in the adjoining Fort Tryon Park, a 67-acre state park overlooking the Hudson and Harlem Rivers."



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