New York is one of the most important cultural centres in the World. The City is blessed with numerous museums; practically there is a museum for every type of visitor. Few important museums are described here:
The Museum of Modern Art
It is one of the most prestigious museums of modern art in the world. The museum houses over 150,000 paintings, sculptures, photographs, videos, films, drawings, books and media works. The MoMA houses some of the greatest art treasures of all time, the museum features masterpieces of artists such as Raphael, Picasso, El Greco, Vermeer, Van Gogh, Miro, Rembrandt, Hopper, Dali, Warhol, Renoir, Monet, Rodin, Pollock and others. The MoMA also has an active schedule of exhibitions, film series, and educational programs. Access to the museum is free on Fridays from 4-8pm.
Address: 11 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019; near Sixth Ave.
Telephone: (212) 708-9400
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Originally named "The Museum of Non-Objective Painting", the Guggenheim Museum is a work of art itself; a brilliant work of architecture designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The Guggenheim is home to one of the world’s finest collections of contemporary and modern art, it specializes in modern painting, sculpture, and graphic arts, it contains world-famous art works by noted artists such as Braque, Calder, Cézanne, Chagall, Delaunay, Giacometti, Kandinsky, Leger, Miro, Mondrian, Monet, Picasso, Renoir and Van Gogh, and many others. Friday 6-8pm pay what you wish admission.
Address: 1071 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10128, at 89th St.
Telephone: (212) 423-3500
The Whitney Museum of American Art
Founded in 1931 by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, the Whitney Museum holds one of the world's greatest collections of 20th and 21st century American art, the Permanent Collection of some 12,000 works encompasses paintings, sculptures, multimedia installations, films, prints, photographs. The Whitney has collected major works by Edward Hopper, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Georgia O'Keefe, Alexander Calder, Andy Warhol, George Segal, Jackson Pollock, Roy Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns, Basquiat and many others. Free gallery tours are offered every day.
Address: 945 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10021, at 75th St.
Telephone: (800) 944-8639
Museo del Barrio
El Museo del Barrio was founded in 1969 by a group of Puerto Rican educators, artists and community activists in East Harlem’s Spanish-speaking El Barrio. It is a leading cultural institution entirely dedicated to Puerto Rican, Caribbean, and Latin American art. The Museum has impressive collections of pre-Columbian artefacts, paintings, sculptures, photographic art, film and video. The Museum also houses historic objects from Brazil, Chile, Peru, Haiti, Mexico and Puerto Rico.
Address: 1230 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10029
Telephone: (212) 831-7272
The American Museum of Natural History
It is one the world’s largest and most innovative museums of natural history. Probably best known for its spectacular dinosaur and other vertebrate fossils reconstructions, the American Museum of Natural History offers a wealth of amazing exhibits covering everything in creation from the beginning to the present. Main attractions include the spectacular Rose Center for Earth and Space, the Big Bang Theatre, the Hall of Planet Earth, the Hayden Planetarium and the exhibits of Asian, African, and North American mammals. You can spend a whole day exploring the museum, and then you still wouldn't get to everything.
Address: Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024-5192 USA
Telephone: (212) 769-5100
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Founded in 1870, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, or simply The Met, offer something for everyone, it boasts a collection of nearly three million works of art from nearly every culture and era. Highlights include the arm devoted to art and architecture of medieval Europe. There are also wings dedicated to the art of Africa, the Pacific Islands, Pre-Colombian and Native America. The American Wing hosts the world’s most complete compilation of American paintings, sculpture and decorative arts. The Museum also houses the greatest collection of Egyptian art outside Cairo, including tombs, hieroglyphics, the Book of the Dead, and the impressive Temple of Dendur.
Address: 1000 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10028, at 82nd St.
Telephone: (212) 535-7710
The Museum of the City of New York
The Museum of the City of New York explores the past, present and future of New York. It holds more than 1.5 million paintings, prints, photographs, costumes, furniture, toys, rare books, manuscripts, dioramas, maps, sculptures, decorative arts objects, and other historical memorabilia that helps to understand the New York City history. The most attractive exhibits are the Rockefeller rooms, a recreation of John D. Rockefeller's master bedroom and dressing room and the "Broadway! 125 years of Musical Theatre" exhibition, a history of New York theatre.
Address: 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd St., New York, NY 10029
Telephone: (212) 534-1672
The Paley Center of Media
Widely known as the Museum of Television & Radio, was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley. It is a treasure for anyone who loves TV shows. The Museum of Television and Radio hosts more than 16,000 radio and television tapes available, visitors can select by computer any of the programs in the collection and then listen and watch it at one of the many private booths. Selected programs are also presented in two theatres and two screening rooms. The fee is just $10.
Address: 25 West 52nd Street, New York, NY, 10019
Telephone: (212) 621-6880