Museums: At the top of Museum Mile you cannot miss the dramatic Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of Art housed inside Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece of a giant nautilus shell. A monument to modernism, the unique architecture of the space, with its spiral ramp riding to a domed skylight thrills visitors. In the words of Paul Goldberger, "Wright's building made it socially and culturally acceptable for an architect to design a highly expressive, intensely personal museum. In this sense almost every museum of our time is a child of the Guggenheim." Examples of exhibits include masterpieces by Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Picasso, and works by Jackson Pollock. 1071 Fifth Avenue (at 89th Street), New York, NY 10128; 212-423-3618 TRAINS 4, 5, 6/86th St.
Local Expert Maria Lisella Says:
Museums: "Wednesdays are the least busiest days after 3:00 PM. Multimedia guides are available for free with admission; free tours daily at 2:00 PM led by Gallery Educators."
Best for Museums Because: Completed in 1959, the Guggenheim's Frank Lloyd Wright--designed museum is among the 20th century's most important architectural landmarks.