New York City has over 150 museums! Some of them are among the most beautiful in the United States with particularly remarkable collections.
If you have to choose only a few, here are the 5 must-see New York museums!
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, also known as the “Met”, is the largest art museum in the United States. Its rich collections allow you to explore 5,000 years in the history of art, with more than 2 million works from antiquity to the present day!
Located on the famous Fifth Avenue and at 82nd Street, it borders Central Park, which can be seen through the windows of some rooms.
The Met covers more than 180,000 m2, so you’ll need to plan a few hours to visit it! It is best to take a guided tour to make the most of it.
Address: 1000 Fifth Avenue
Price: 30$ – 17$ for students – 22$ for 65 years old and more free for children under 12
Opening hours: Every day except Wednesdays, from 10am to 9pm
The Museum of Modern Art MoMA
The MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art in New York is of course a must-see! It gathers one of the most beautiful collections of modern and contemporary art in the world, presented in three chronological spaces: from 1880 to the 1940s; from the 1940s to the 1970s and from the 1970s to today.
Among the museum’s masterpieces are Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”, Salvador Dalí’s “The Persistence of Memory”, Andy Warhol’s “Campbell’s Soup Cans”, Marc Chagall’s “Me and the Village”, Claude Monet’s “The Nyméas Basin” and Frida Kahlo’s “Self-Portrait with Curly Hair”.
Address: 11 West 53rd Street
Price: $25 – $14 for students – $18 for 65+ – free for children under 17 – Buy a ticket online
Opening hours: Every day from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm – Saturdays until 7 pm
The American Museum of Natural History
In the heart of New York City, facing Central Park, the American Museum of Natural History will fascinate adults and children alike! With 45 halls of permanent exhibitions, it is a gigantic establishment that gathers 32 million specimens and objects, including several dinosaur skeletons.
Also worth seeing is the Hayden Planetarium where a 3D show about the Big Bang and the different scales of the cosmos is projected.
Address: 200 Central Park West
Prices: 28$ – 22$ for students and over 60 years old – 16$ for 3-12 years old – Buy a ticket online
Opening hours: Every day, from 10 am to 5:30 pm
The Guggenheim museum
Just a stone’s throw from the Met, the Guggenheim Museum is a modern art museum whose architecture, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, does not go unnoticed! Built in the shape of a gigantic spiral, the museum can be visited from top to bottom, by walking down the ramp that gives access to the different exhibition spaces.
The Gugghenheim has some 6,000 works, but unfortunately only about 50 of them are on display, as most of the museum is devoted to temporary exhibitions of contemporary artists. It is therefore advisable to find out before a visit what the current exhibition is and avoid disappointment.
If the exhibition program does not attract you, I advise you to at least enter the hall to admire the architecture of the building.
Address: 1071 Fifth Avenue
Price: 25$ – 18$ for students and 65+ – free for children under 12 – Buy a ticket online
Opening hours: Every day from 11am to 6pm, Saturday night until 8pm
The Whitney museum
Located at the end of the High Line, this museum was founded in 1931 by the sculptor and patron Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney and focuses on 20th and 21st century American art.
Its collection is remarkable, including many paintings by Edward Hopper, who bequeathed a large part of his work to the museum, as well as Calder mobiles, works by Louise Bourgois, Josef Albers, Keith Haring, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Mark Rothko and Georgia O’Keefe.
Address: 99 Gansevoort Street
Prices: 25$ – 18$ for students and seniors – free for children under 19 years old – Buy a ticket online
Opening hours: Every day except Tuesday, from 10:30 am to 6 pm, nightly on Fridays until 10 pm
Have a good visit !