Museums: Frank Lloyd Wright's enormously influential spiral structure is a dynamic addition to a tony stretch of Museum Mile. The building layout was designed to influence the way museum-goers experience the paintings, sculptures and multimedia pieces exhibited within, and the echoing atrium provides a good dose of drama. Sample exhibitions include works by modernists like Paul Klee, Kara Walker and Nam June Paik. Ever the powerhouse, since its 1959 Manhattan debut, the Guggenheim has gone global. There are now branches of the Guggenheim in Venice, Italy and Bilbao, Spain. An additional outpost is currently underway in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. 1071 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY. 212-423-3500
Art Museums: The building is impressive by itself. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and completed in 1959, the Guggenheim was restored in 1990-1992. The exhibition space was renamed the Thannhauser Building. The galleries feature work by such greats as Picasso, Kandinsky and Klee. Some of the oldest pieces represent the height of French Impressionism. The museum's second floor displays an impressively growing permanent collection. Be sure to visit the museum store and café for a nice coffee and gifts. NB Admission is open (pay what you wish) on Saturdays from 5:45 to 7:45pm. TRAIN: 4, 5, 6 to 86th St
Local Expert Emily Saladino Says:
Museums: "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."
Best for Museums Because: Since its 1959 Manhattan debut, the Guggenheim has been a global powerhouse displaying the world's best contemporary artists.