The museums in New York, or The Big Apple, are numerous and impressive. You will pretty much be able to see anything, whether it be art history, the history of the US, modern art, contemporary art, antique art or international art. Here, you will find a complete list of New York’s museums, and you can pick the ones you would like to visit.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York City is one of the most significant and largest museums in the US. It has exhibitions from all over the world, and it may also be the first museum you should visit in New York. The magnificent building attracts passers-by and visitors with its beauty every day with. The significance and size of the museum can be reflected in the exhibits - two million items divided into 17 exhibition spaces. The museum consists of two buildings – the main building located in Central Park and a smaller building located in Upper Manhattan where Medieval art is exhibited. It is considered the biggest art gallery. Exhibits from Europe, ancient Egypt, the Mediterranean and the USA, Africa, Asia, Islam art items and many others are displayed in the museum.
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) – The idea for the MoMA was proposed in the 1920s when sponsors such as Lillie P. Bliss, Cornelius J. Sullivan and John D. Rockefeller aimed to establish an institution dedicated to modern art. Together with A. Conger Goodyear, Paul Sachs, Frank Crowninshield, they opened the Museum of Modern Art in 1929. The public was elated upon the announcement, and the amazement can still be seen in tourists visiting the museum today.
Another museum attractive to tourists is located in the Museum Mile – the Guggenheim Museum leaves tourists speechless on daily basis. Magnificent architecture, unique style and location makes the Guggenheim astonishing. Built with white concrete in circular shape, it perfectly fits in Fifth Avenue. The Guggenheim Foundation was founded by Solomon R. Guggenheim – it deals with collecting modern art works. The idea for museum was proposed by this man who grew up in a wealthy American family. He had entrepreneurships in the USA and Switzerland. He studied in Switzerland, and worked in a family company upon graduation. Even though he was successful and reach, he was also interested in art.
The American Museum of Natural History is one of the largest and most significant museums in the world. It was established in 1869 with aims towards research and spreading information regarding cultures, nature and space. Exhibitions in the museum are like a small treasure, they will guide you through the whole planet. It is located in the Roosevelt Park, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and it stretches on 190.000 m2 on 4 levels with various exhibits. Prior to this location, it was located in the Arsenal building, Central Park in the period from 1869 to 1877. Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the USA was one of the museum’s founders, alongside John David Wolf, Robert Colgate, Benjamin H. Field, D. Jackson Steward and many others.
The Museum of the City of New York is a history and art museum located in Manhattan, near the Museum Mile. It was established by Henry Collins Brown with the aim to preserve the history of New York. It follows the Neo Gothic style and it was built in the period from 1929 to 1930. It is decorated with statues designed by Alexander Hamilton and the sculptor Adolph Alexander Weinman. It is a significant cultural institution for both the city and the country.