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New York City is packed with numerous museums catering to all types of art. The typical traveler such as yourself who likewise enjoys appreciating art would surely want to take a tour and experience firsthand the wonders that each of these museums hold. Ranging from different pieces of historical and exquisite designs, these top five New York museums will surely make you feel like you were traveling through time or going to places farther than New York. They do not only cater to the city’s wonders but to every piece of history that the famous artists of the world has yielded for everyone to see.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art has opened its doors for about 134 years to tourists, locals and scholars worldwide. It has been featured as one of the top city attractions of the New York strip and has been referred to as one of the largest of its kind around the world as it houses exquisite and incomparable pieces of art.
The Met, as it has been commonly known, is composed of many beautiful artistry that are sure to amaze the explorer in you. Roam around its magnificently designed architecture: its entry wing that is structured in Beaux Arts, its red-bricked building in neo-Gothic style and its steel and glass roof. You could pass by an Egyptian temple and take pictures of its lavish rooftop garden and exhibits of period costumes.
The museum currently showcases exhibits like “Charles James: Beyond Fashion”, “Now You See It: Photography and Concealment” and “The Roof Garden Commission: Dan Graham with Gunther Vogt“.
If you’re feeling famished, take a bite at restaurants like The NoMad, Eleven Madison Park and Daniel which are conveniently located nearby the museum.
The Met’s doors are open everyday at ten in the morning and closes at mid five in the afternoon during Sundays to Thursdays and on nine in the evening during Fridays and Saturdays.
If you would want to visit this magnificent place, the rate for a tour inside the museum would cost you at least $25, fairly a small amount to pay for an irreplaceable art experience.
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The American Museum of Natural History
Have you ever seen the movie Night at the Museum? Well, see it come to life as you visit one of New York’s very own museum, The American Museum of Natural History.
This museum has tons of attractive areas to choose from. Whether you’re fascinated by dinosaurs, manikins that portray the time when America was discovered by Christopher Columbus, a science geek who would love to see space ships and 3D light shows or observe the way animals live within the museums walls, you are sure to be amazed.
The current exhibits that you can find in The American Museum of Natural History are so numerous that you can’t ever get enough to view them all. One of which is the “Carrying Coca: 1500 Years of Andean Chuspas” which is as exquisite as any other ones found inside this establishment.
This museum opens its doors daily from ten in the morning through 5:45 in the afternoon. For a rate of $21.99, you will get a tour back in time and experience different highlights of every time the world has ever seen, all in one setting.
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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Widely known for its majestic and lavish building design, “The Gug” has made its mark as a wondrous place to visit during a trip in New York City. A spiral walkway will lead you to an array of different modern art exhibits created by world-renowned artists. These pieces of art are some of the best in their field such as cubist, surrealist and abstract modern art designs. From the works of Picasso, Monet, Kandinsky, Bourgeois and many more, you would feel like a royal to have been this lucky and view these masterpieces. It was also said that the structure of this museum, having a roof that’s visible to the sky, that the Gods of Earth had the pleasure of appreciating art to its finest.
Not only will you appreciate art in this museum but also get to gaze at magnificent views of Central Park and New York’s cityscape.
Two of the current exhibits featured in this extraordinary museum are “Italian Futurism, 1909-1944: Reconstructing the Universe” and te “ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950’s-60’s“. Not only do they feature exhibits but they also hold special events specifically programmed to cater different types of artistic moods.
For a price of $22 dollars for adults, $18 for students on an educational tour with IDs, and a free fee for children under twelve years old, you will get to experience a marvelous time appreciating modern art. If you wish to pay however much you like, during Saturdays from 5:45 until 7:45, the museum gives you the freedom to do so.
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Brooklyn in downtown New York consists of many races, from blacks to whites. Given so, this museum also features their African natives’ pieces of art. Other art works include a whopping four thousand Egyptian holdings to pieces created by famous artists such as Cezanne, Degas and Monet. There is also an area designed specifically to cater to feminist art.
Not only will you get to enjoy swerving through deep appreciation in art, you get to purchase one for yourself through the Brooklyn Museum Shop. Feast your desires and buy souvenirs fit for one who loves to collect act aside from solely seeing it firsthand. Truly, that would give you an opportunity never to forget this dream-like experience by taking a piece of it along with you.
The current exhibits featured in this museum include: “Ai Weiwei: According to What?”, Danh Vo’s We The People, and Tom Freidman’s “Paint and Styrofoam”.
The museum welcomes travelers such as yourself everyday for a small amount of at least $12 for adults, $8 for children and senior citizens and gives a free admission for the young ones below twelve years old. Best of all, during first Saturdays of the month, everyone gets in for free. What a bargain!
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Museum of the City of New York
Lastly, what would be the best way in traveling New York but to actually experience and know its history and beauty catered in this museum? That’s right. You can get to know New York a little better as you take a tour around the Museum of the City of New York.
From sculptures, painting, military and naval uniforms, photographs, manuscripts, theater memorabilia, rare books and ship models, this museum has got it all! The Stettheimer Dollhose created during the 1920s is one of the museum’s pride. Hanged by the walls, these dolls are exquisitely designed that you would actually wonder if they were ever real! They look so lively that maybe, if you could work your imagination so well, they might move!
The museum currently houses exhibits such as, “City as Canvass: Graffiti Art from the Matin Wong Collection”, “Gilded New York” and “Activist in New York”. You are definitely in for a good one as you get to feel the real New York experience in this museum.
For a small price of as least $10 as donation, this tour is open for you from ten in the morning through six in the evening.
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Wake the history buff in you and take a tour at these marvelous New York City museums and experience New York in a completely different level to last you a lifetime.