A museum is a place which researches, collects, preserves and displays artefacts that withstand a historical, cultural, artistic and a scientific value. If you are planning to fly to New York from Hyderabad you should visit its marvelous museums that do a huge part in preserving the city’s ancient heritage. So, keep scrolling down the page to know about the top 15 museums to visit in New York on your next trip!
- The Cloisters.
Situated in the Fort Tryon Park, this is also known as the Met Cloisters by the locals. It has given a prominent place to European Medieval art and architecture among its exhibits. The building of The Cloisters which stands on a steep hill is a design of the architect Charles Collens. Over 5000 individual pieces of artworks including panel paintings, sculpture, illuminated manuscripts, tapestries and stained glasses are displayed in every nook and corner of the museum.
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
This is the United States’ largest art museum which holds the fourth place among most visited art museums in the world. Even the permanent collection includes more than two millions works. Its paintings and artefacts cover a vast area from classical antiquities, Egyptian and European paintings, American modern arts, Asian, Byzantine, Oceanian, and Islamic arts to musical instruments, costumes, antique weapons and accessories from all over the world.
- Museum of Modern Art.
It’s a must to mention that, this is also on the list of the largest modern art museums in the world. MoMA mainly gathers modern and contemporary art. Don’t forget to look for the highlights- The Bather, The Starry Night, The Dream, The Dance 1 and so on. Not only paintings but also numerous books, catalogues and architecture nicely reflects the enchanting history.
- American Museum of Natural History.
This is all about the history of the universe and the development of its living species. Exhibits are displayed in separate rooms with different man-made ecosystems and fossils. Anyone who enters the museum will be filled with the knowledge of the evolution of each species such as mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. It also acts as a source of planetary science.
- Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
Locals introduce this museum as The Guggenheim. Other than its permanent collection of Post-Impressionist, Impressionist, early modern and contemporary arts, it features so many temporary exhibitions throughout the year under a skylight ceiling.
- Tenement Museum.
This is a museum which consists of two tenement buildings that are daily open for public tours. It mainly focuses on the history of immigrants of the different nations during a certain period in the past. It has been home to over 15,000 people from more than 20 nations. So all their social aspects including clothing, food and books are on display at the Tenement Museum.
- Brooklyn Museum.
It becomes the third-largest art museum in New York, with a huge collection of over 1.5 million works. It brings Egyptian, African, European and Japanese artefacts along with those belonging to the colonial period. The museum also boasts a Memorial Sculpture Garden with salvaged architectural elements.
- The Morgan Library & Museum.
As you ascend the Murray Hill, a two-in-one building could be witnessed which is the Morgan Library and Museum. It’s a museum with lots of artworks as well as a research library. The designer of the glass building was Charles McKim. See that you don’t miss the famous Morgan Bible, Morgan Beatus and Morgan Black Hours etc. out of the illuminated manuscripts, books and prints.
- Museum of the Moving Image.
The building was formerly occupied by historic Astoria Studios. It’s all about the birth and evolution of films. It preserves and displays the techniques, art, history, televisions and digital media used in making films in the past. There are two premium theatres on which regular monthly series are hosted.
- Whitney Museum of American Art.
It still holds the name of its founder Vanderbilt Whitney. The Whitney Museum not only houses a permanent collection of over 25,000 drawings, paintings, sculptures, films, photographs and artefacts from late 19th century but also biennial and annual exhibitions of upcoming artists are also held here. I suggest you find the famous Etude, Central Park, Laughing Child and Old Canal Port paintings to enhance your art knowledge while you are here.
- The Jewish Museum.
Anyone in New York cannot miss this masterpiece of history which is the oldest existing Jewish Museum in the world. It showcases the Jewish culture through a wide range of historical objects including Jewish ceremonial art, sculptures, paintings and archaeological artefacts. It also has a collection that combines antiquities with modern art which is called the Scenes from the Collection.
- The Frick Collection.
The museum proudly bears the name Frick from its founder Henry Frick. Old master paintings, European decorative and fine arts are among the permanent collection. It also houses some French furniture, Oriental Rugs and Limoges enamel from the 18th century.
- MoMA PS1.
This is a completely dedicated place for contemporary art in New York. Sundays are busy with performance series and architecture programs. Its exhibitions change annually but still, there are few long-term installations throughout the building. Young architect competitions are held once a year and the winning proposal will be the next year’s construction in the museum.
- New Museum of Contemporary Art.
Although the founder wanted to sell the artefacts of this museum, so that every 10 years it will have a new collection, it remained only as a plan. Since 2000, it started accepting artworks and now stands with a modest collection of over 1,000 works. The New Museum always looked for something new and so it focuses on artworks of new international artists.
- Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
It’s a military and maritime museum which showcases ships and aircraft used in the past by the US Air Force and Navy. The flight deck of Intrepid, the USS Growler and the British Airways Concorde hold a special position among the collections.