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The 9 Best New York City Museums

Updated: Jun 22, 2021

New York is one of the best art cities in the world. We may not be able to describe all the museums in New York, but we tried to choose the best among them. Do not start visiting New York museums without reading our list! Best Museums in New York.

1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the largest museums in the world. The museum contains artifacts from ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Besides these, it includes Islamic art, Ancient Near Eastern art, African, Oceanian and American Arts, Weapons and Armor Department, Medieval art, Modern and contemporary art. Of course, it is impossible to see everything in this museum. That's why you decide what you want to see beforehand and go that way. It also has a great view of New York on the museum terrace, don't miss it.

Met Gala, which is considered one of the most important and distinguished social events in the world, is held every year at the museum.

2. The Museum of Modern Art

The Starry Night of the infamous Vincent van Gogh is housed in the Museum of Modern Art. It is the second most visited museum after the Met Museum. But while the Metropolitan is a general art museum, MoMA specializes in modern art. MoMA is a museum where you can find works of every kind of modern art you can think of.

3. The American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History contains everything from fossils and dinosaurs to ocean life. A giant blue whale hovering in the air, African elephants parading in the middle of the hall, a large planetarium, meteorites, minerals. It's hard not to get lost in this museum, which consists of 25 different buildings. It is recommended to download the Explorer App.

4. The Brooklyn Museum

The Brooklyn Museum, which has an art collection of approximately 1.5 million works, is New York City's third-largest in physical size. Includes European, African, Oceania, Japanese and Ancient artifacts.

5. Whitney Museum of American Art

The Whitney Museum of American Art, as the name suggests, focuses solely on American modern art. It has a rich collection of American art. The architecture of the building is as admirable as its contents!

6. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

The museum, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1943, is one of the most iconic structures in New York City. The exterior of the museum consists of white reinforced concrete cylinders curving towards the sky. The reason why the structure rises by turning is the idea of 'one great space on a continuous floor'. Although the architecture of the museum is eye-catching, it was initially protested because it was difficult to hang the pictures.

7. New Museum

The New Museum of Contemporary Art opened in 1977 at 65 Fifth Avenue. The works of artists from many countries were exhibited in the museum. The museum currently has a collection of 1,000 works. Don't forget to stop by for a great art experience.

8. Museum of the Moving Image

The Museum of the Moving Image is a media museum. Exhibitions focus on the art and technology of digital media. You can participate in their activities for the discovery of the art and culture of cinema. The best part is that most of the exhibits are interactive!

9. Rubin Museum of Art

The Rubin Art Museum has permanent collections in the Himalayas, the Indian subcontinent, East Asia, and Eurasia. Apart from painting, sculpture, and textiles, it showcases ritual objects from the 2nd to the 20th century.