Info The Whitney Museum of American Art, located in New York's Upper East Side, is a modern art museum which focuses on American artists from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney originally founded the museum in 1929, when her gift of 700 works of American art was declined by the Metropolitan ... more
945 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10021
Info The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of New York City’s best art museums housing extensive permanent and temporary collections. Founded in 1870, the museum, known simply as The Met, has both a main Central Park location and a smaller Upper Manhattan location called The Cloisters. Permanent art at the Met includes works ... more
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10028
One of the city’s greatest attractions, the museums of New York are vast, varied, and teeming with culture. Located in every corner of the Big Apple, these hubs of art and science are world-renowned for their personality and stock.
New York museums range in guest type as much as they do subject. For example, the Natural History Museum on the Upper West Side or the Brooklyn Museum in Park Slope are often filled with academic family types and curious tourists looking to see an odd ethnic artifact or two. Meanwhile, art museums like the Guggenheim and Neue Gallerie on the Upper East Side bring out both bespectacled academics and artsy college students alike.
Across the board, though, NYC museums have a neat, well-kept décor and an overall sense of being sacred spaces. While art museums are more brightly-lit and café friendly than those more scientific ones, all have a hushed tone of respect and awe running through them, as though those in attendance are grateful to get in (given the lines at most of these locations, guests usually are).
Though differing in type and focus, the museums of NYC are fantastic places to meet some friends, take in culture, and still have a fun afternoon.