NEW YORK MUSEUMS
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West & 79th St, New York, NY 10024 / 1212.769.5100 / metmuseum.org
The American Museum of Natural History (abbreviated as AMNH), located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, New York City, is one of the largest museums in the world. Located in park-like grounds across the street from Central Park, the museum complex comprises 28 interconnected buildings housing 45 permanent exhibition halls, in addition to a planetarium and a library. The museum collections contain over 33 million specimens of plants, animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, meteorites, human remains, and human cultural artifacts, of which only a small fraction can be displayed at any given time, and occupies more than 2,000,000 square feet (190,000 m2). The museum has a full-time scientific staff of 225, sponsors over 120 special field expeditions each year, and averages about five million visits annually.Open: Mon –Sun, 10 am – 5:45 pm.
200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11238 / 1718.638.5000 / brooklynmuseum.org
The Brooklyn Museum is an art museum located in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. At 560,000 square feet (52,000 m2), the museum is New York City's third largest in physical size and holds an art collection with roughly 1.5 million works. Located near the Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, Flatbush, and Park Slope neighborhoods of Brooklyn and founded in 1895, the Beaux-Arts building, designed by McKim, Mead and White, was planned to be the largest art museum in the world. The museum initially struggled to maintain its building and collection, only to be revitalized in the late 20th century, thanks to major renovations. Significant areas of the collection include antiquities, specifically their collection of Egyptian antiquities spanning over 3,000 years. African, Oceanic, and Japanese art make for notable antiquities collections as well. American art is heavily represented, starting at the Colonial period. Open: Wed & Fri – Sun, 11 am –6 pm; Thu, 11 am –10 pm.
3 Beekman St, Beacon, NY 12508 / 845.440.0100 / diaart.org
Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries is the museum for the Dia Art Foundation's collection of art from the 1960s to the present. The museum, which opened in 2003, is situated on the banks of the Hudson River in Beacon, New York. Dia:Beacon occupies a former Nabisco box-printing facility that was renovated by Dia with artist Robert Irwin and architects Alan Koch, Lyn Rice, Galia Solomonoff, and Linda Taalman, then of OpenOffice. Along with Dia's permanent collection, Dia:Beacon also presents temporary exhibitions, as well as public programs designed to complement the collection and exhibitions, including monthly Gallery Talks, Merce Cunningham Dance Company Events, Community Free Days for neighboring counties, and an education program that serves area students at all levels. With 160,000 square feet (15,000 m2), it is one of the largest exhibition spaces in the country for modern and contemporary art.Open: Fri - Mon, 11 am - 4 pm.
545 West 22nd St / 212.989.5566 / diaart.org
For over twenty years, Dia: Chelsea (formerly Dia Center for the Arts) has played a vital and original role among arts institutions in New York, as well as nationally and internationally, by initiating, supporting, presenting, and preserving projects in nearly every artistic medium, and creating a primary locus for interdisciplinary art and criticism. The name Dia, taken from the Greek word meaning "through," suggests the center's role in enabling the realization of extraordinary artistic projects. Dia's Chelsea program provided a laboratory for artists to conceive significant new works and distinctive exhibitions. Exhibitions typically offered an artist an entire floor on which to develop a new project or create a focused presentation of existing work, and were on view for approximately one year to allow extended viewing.Open: Wed - Sun, 11 am - 6 pm.
1 E 70th St, New York, NY 10021 / 1212.288.0700 / frick.org
The Frick Collection is an art museum located in the Henry Clay Frick House on the Upper East Side in Manhattan, New York City at 1 East 70th Street, at the northeast corner with Fifth Avenue. It houses the collection of industrialist Henry Clay Frick (1849–1919). According to The Art Newspaper, the Frick Collection has a typical annual attendance of 275,000 to 300,000. About 35 percent of the visitors are non-English speaking. The Frick Collection has an operating budget of $10 million and an endowment of $170 million (as of 1997). Despite its large endowment, the institution still needs money to preserve the building.Open: Tue –Sat, 10 am – 6 pm; Sun, 11 am – 5 pm.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028 / 1800.662.3397 / metmuseum.org
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, colloquially "the Met", is located in New York City and is the largest art museum in the United States, and is among the most visited art museums in the world. Its permanent collection contains over two million works, divided among seventeen curatorial departments. The main building, on the eastern edge of Central Park along Manhattan's Museum Mile, is by area one of the world's largest art galleries. A much smaller second location, The Cloisters at Fort Tryon Park in Upper Manhattan, contains an extensive collection of art, architecture, and artifacts from Medieval Europe. On March 18, 2016, the museum opened the Met Breuer museum at Madison Avenue in the Upper East Side; it extends the museum's modern and contemporary art program.Open: Sun –Thu, 10 am –5:30 pm; Fri – Sat, 10 am – 9 pm.
Museum of Modern Art
11 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019 / 1212.708.9400 / moma.org
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is an art museum located in Midtown Manhattan in New York City, on 53rd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. MoMA has been important in developing and collecting modernist art, and is often identified as one of the largest and most influential museums of modern art in the world. MoMA's collection offers an overview of modern and contemporary art, including works of architecture and design, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, prints, illustrated books and artist's books, film, and electronic media. The MoMA Library includes approximately 300,000 books and exhibition catalogs, over 1,000 periodical titles, and over 40,000 files of ephemera about individual artists and groups. The archives holds primary source material related to the history of modern and contemporary art.Open: Sat – Thu, 10:30 am – 5:30 pm; Fri, 10:30 am –8 pm.
Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35th Ave, New York, NY 11106 / 1718.777.6800 / movingimage.us
The Museum of the Moving Image is a media museum located in Astoria, Queens in a former building of the historic Astoria Studios (now Kaufman Astoria Studios). The museum originally opened in 1988 as the American Museum of the Moving Image. The museum began a $67 million expansion in March 2008 and reopened in January 2011. The expansion was designed by architect Thomas Leeser.Open: Tue – Thu, 10:30 am – 5 pm; Fri, 10:30 am–8 pm; Sat – Sun, 11:30 am – 7 pm.
235 Bowery, New York, NY 10002 / 1212.375.3321 / newmuseum.org
The New Museum of Contemporary Art, founded in 1977 by Marcia Tucker, is a museum in New York City at 235 Bowery, on Manhattan's Lower East Side. It is among the few contemporary art museums worldwide exclusively devoted to presenting contemporary art from around the world. The Museum presents the work of under-recognized artists, and has mounted ambitious surveys of important figures such as Ana Mendieta, William Kentridge, David Wojnarowicz, Paul McCarthy and Andrea Zittel before they received widespread public recognition. In 2003, the New Museum presented the highly regarded exhibition Black President: The Art and Legacy of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.Open: Wed & Fri – Sun, 11 am – 9 pm; Thu, 11 am – 9 pm.
New York Historical Society
170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024 / 1212.873.3400 / www.nyhistory.org
The New-York Historical Society is an American history museum and library located in New York City at the corner of 77th Street and Central Park West in Manhattan, founded in 1804 as New York's first museum. The New-York Historical Society presents exhibitions, public programs, and research that explore the rich history of New York and the nation. The New-York Historical Society Museum & Library has been at its present location since 1908. The granite building was designed by York & Sawyer in a classic Roman Eclectic style. Renovation of its landmark building was completed in November 2011 which makes the building more open to the public, provides space for an interactive children's museum, and accomplishes other changes to enhance access to its collections. Open: Mon – Sat, 10 am – 6 pm; Sun, 11 am – 5 pm.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 5th Ave, New York, NY 10128 / 1212.423.3500 / guggenheim.org
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, often referred to as The Guggenheim, is an art museum located at 1071 Fifth Avenue on the corner of East 89th Street in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. It is the permanent home of a continuously expanding collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, early Modern and contemporary art and also features special exhibitions throughout the year. The museum was established by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in 1939 as the Museum of Non-Objective Painting, under the guidance of its first director, the artist Hilla von Rebay. It adopted its current name after the death of its founder, Solomon R. Guggenheim, in 1952. The museum's collection has grown organically, over eight decades, and is founded upon several important private collections, beginning with Solomon R. Guggenheim's original collection. The collection is shared with the museum's sister museums in Bilbao, Spain, and elsewhere. In 2013, nearly 1.2 million people visited the museum, and it hosted the most popular exhibition in New York City.Open: Sun –Wed, 10 am – 5:45 pm; Sat, 10 am – 7:45pm.
Storm King Art Center
1 Museum Rd, New Windsor, NY 12553 / 845.534.3115 / stormking.org
Storm King Art Center, commonly referred to as Storm King and named after its proximity to Storm King Mountain, is an open-air museum located in Mountainville, New York. It contains what is perhaps the largest collection of contemporary outdoor sculptures in the United States. Founded in 1960 by Ralph E. Ogden as a museum for Hudson River School paintings, it soon evolved into a major sculpture venue with works from some of the most acclaimed artists of the 20th century. The site spans approximately 500 acres (200 ha; 0.78 sq mi), and is located about a one-hour drive north of Manhattan.Open: April 6th - October 31st: Wed - Sun, 10 am - 5:30 pm.
Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014 / 1212.570.3600 / whitney.org
The Whitney Museum of American Art – known informally as the "Whitney" – is an art museum located in Manhattan. It was founded in 1931 by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (1875–1942), a wealthy and prominent American socialite and art patron after whom the museum is named. The Whitney focuses on 20th- and 21st-century American art. Its permanent collection comprises more than 21,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, films, videos, and artifacts of new media by more than 3,000 artists. It places a particular emphasis on exhibiting the work of living artists for its collection as well as maintaining an extensive permanent collection containing many important pieces from the first half of the last century. The museum's Annual and Biennial exhibitions have long been a venue for younger and less well-known artists whose work is showcased there.Open: Sun –Thu, 10:30 am – 6 pm; Fri – Sat, 10:30 am – 10 pm.
Staten Island Museum
75 Stuyvesant Pl, Staten Island, NY 10301, USA/ 1718.727.1135/ www.statenislandmuseum.org
Staten Island Museum (officially the Staten Island Institute of Arts & Sciences) is Staten Island’s oldest cultural institution, and the only remaining general interest museum in New York City. Founded in 1881 by fourteen of New York City’s first “environmental activists”, the Staten Island Museum houses artifacts and specimens from ancient to contemporary periods. This “mini-Smithsonian” is rich with arts, natural sciences and local history. The museum’s holdings are formally organized into three main collections: Natural Sciences, Fine Art, and History Archives & Library. The natural science collections encompass over 500,000 botanical, biological, anthropological and mineral specimens including bird nests and eggs, mounted animals, fossils, shells, and a significant collection of insects, including important type of specimens. Based upon a 19th-century model, the art collection includes works spanning prehistory to the modern period, with representations of diverse world cultures from both the Western and Non-Western traditions. Open: Mon - Sat: 11 am - 5 pm; Sun, 12 am - 5 pm.
Bronx Museum of the Arts
75 Stuyvesant Pl, Staten Island, NY 10301, USA/ 1718.681.6000/ www.bronxmuseum.org
The Bronx Museum of the Arts (BxMA), also called the Bronx Museum of Art or simply the Bronx Museum, Is an American cultural institution located in the New York City borough of the Bronx. The museum focuses on contemporary and 20th-century works created by American artists, but it has hosted exhibitions of art and design from Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Its permanent collection consists of more than 800 paintings, sculptures, photographs, and works on paper. The museum is part of the Grand Concourse Historic District. Open: Wed - Sun, 11 am - 8 pm.
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Corona, NY 11368/ 1718.592.9700/ www.queensmuseum.org
The Queens Museum, formerly the Queens Museum of Art, is an art museum and educational center located in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in the borough of Queens in New York City, United States. The museum is housed in the New York City Building, which was built for the 1939 New York World's Fair, and which then hosted the United Nations General Assembly from 1946 to 1950. The museum itself was founded in 1972, and has, among its permanent exhibitions, the Panorama of the City of New York, a scale model of the five boroughs built for the 1964 New York World's Fair. The Queens Museum has focused on outreach and access for a wide range of audiences, and is known for international contemporary art exhibitions that reflect the cultural diversity of the borough. The museum’s Education Department is the first in America to employ art therapists in a dedicated, fully accessible classroom, while the Public Events department has hired community organizers to work on local improvement initiatives. Open: Wed - Sun, 11 am - 5 pm.
Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts
80 Hanson Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11217, USA/ 1718.230.0492/ mocada.org
MoCADA, or the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, is a museum of contemporary art in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. It is the first museum of its kind to be opened in New York. MoCADA’s mission is to rediscover valuable African cultural traditions that were lost through colonization and the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade and to foster a dynamic space for the creation of the continuous evolution of culture. MoCADA believes that the concept of the museum exists within its people and it is the museum’s goal to serve as a conduit for African Diaspora forms of expression ranging from the visual and performing arts to film and television with the goal of repositioning the continent of Africa and its people in both a foundational and central role in world development. Open: Wed, Fri, Sat, 12 am - 7 pm; Sun, 12 am 6 pm; Thu, 12 am - 8 pm.
Studio Museum in Harlem
144 W 125th St, New York, NY 10027, USA/ 1212.864.4500/ www.studiomuseum.org
The Studio Museum in Harlem, located at 144 West 125th Street between Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard and Lenox Avenue in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City is an American contemporary art museum which is devoted to the work of African-Americans artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. The museum's mission is to collect, preserve and interpret the art of African Americans and the African diaspora. Founded in 1968, it was the first such museum in the United States. Its scope includes exhibitions, artists-in-residence programs, educational and public programming, a permanent collection, as well as archival and research facilities. Since opening, in a rented loft at Fifth Avenue and 125th Street, the Studio Museum has earned recognition for its role in promoting the works of artists of African descent. Open: Thu, Fri, 12 am - 9 pm; Sat, 10 am - 6 pm; Sun, 12 am - 6 pm.
The Africa Center
1280 5th Ave, New York, NY 10029, USA/ 1212.444.9795/ www.theafricacenter.org
The Africa Center, formerly known as Museum for African Art, is a museum that was formerly located in the neighborhood of Long Island City in the borough of Queens in New York City, United States and plans to reopen in the future. Founded in 1984, the museum is "dedicated to increasing public understanding and appreciation of African art and culture." The Museum is also well known for its public education programs that help raise awareness of African culture, and also operates a unique store selling authentic handmade African crafts. It closed in the early 2010s, with a prospective reopening date of 2015. In 2015, the Africa Center hired Michelle D. Gavin, former United States Ambassador to Botswana and an expert on Africa, as its Managing Director. Gavin left in late 2016. The Museum has organized nearly 60 critically acclaimed exhibitions and traveled these to almost 140 venues nationally and internationally, including 15 other countries.
Museum of Chinese in America
215 Centre St, New York, NY 10013, USA/ 1855.955.6622/ www.mocanyc.org
The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is a museum in New York City which exhibits Chinese American history. It is a nonprofit, education and cultural institution that presents the living history, heritage, culture, and diverse experiences of Chinese Americans through exhibitions, educational services and public programs. Open: Tue - Sun, 11 am - 6 pm.
Rubin Museum of Art
150 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011, USA/ 1212.620.5000/ rubinmuseum.org
The Rubin Museum of Art is an arts oasis and cultural hub in New York City’s vibrant Chelsea neighborhood that inspires visitors to make powerful connections between contemporary life and the art and ideas of the Himalayas, India, and neighboring regions. With a diverse array of thought-provoking exhibitions and programs—including films, concerts, and on-stage conversations—the Rubin provides immersive experiences that encourage personal discoveries and spark new ways of seeing the world. Emphasizing cross-cultural connections, the Rubin is a space to contemplate the big questions that extend across history and span human cultures. Open: Wed, 11 am - 9 pm; Mon, Thu, 11 am - 9 pm; Fri, 11 am - 10 pm; Sat, Sun, 11 am - 6 pm.
319 W 107th St, New York, NY 10025, USA/ 1212.864.7752/ www.roerich.org
The Nicholas Roerich Museum in New York City is dedicated to the works of Nicholas Roerich, a Russian-born artist whose work focused on nature scenes from the Himalayas.The museum is located in a brownstone at 319 West 107th Street on Manhattan's Upper West Side. The museum was originally located in the Master Apartments at 103rd Street and Riverside Drive, which were built especially for Roerich in 1929. Currently, the museum includes between 100 and 200 of Roerich's works as well as a collection of archival materials and still attracts pilgrims from throughout the world. Open: Sat – Sun, 2 pm – 5 pm; Tue – Fri, 12 am – 5 pm.
New York Korean Center
460 Park Avenue, 6th Floor (at 57th Street) New York, NY 10022/ 1212.759.9550/ www.koreanculture.org
The Korean Cultural Center New York (KCCNY) is a government institution inaugurated in December 1979 to establish and promote Korean culture and aesthetics in New York. KCCNY provides diverse cultural and artistic activities including gallery exhibitions, performing arts concerts, film festivals, and educational programs. Gallery exhibitions are organized by Gallery Korea, a division of KCCNY, utilizing 2,490 sq. ft of exhibition space for various Korean, Korean-American, and international artists. Each year, more than ten exhibitions are held with 100 or more participants to showcase new and renowned artists. KCCNY also engages in other performing arts events that introduce traditional Korean music, dance, cuisine, and fashion. In particular, KCSNY sponsors Korea Music Foundation and hosts concerts and recitals attracting annual audience of over 1,500 people. Open: Mon - Fri, 9 am - 5 pm.
Japan Society (Manhattan)
333 E 47th St, New York, NY 10017, USA/ 1212.832.1155/ www.japansociety.org
Today, Japan Society has evolved into a world-class, multidisciplinary hub for global leaders, artists, scholars, educators, and English and Japanese-speaking audiences. At the Society, more than 100 events each year feature sophisticated, topically relevant presentations of Japanese art and culture and open, critical dialogue on issues of vital importance to the U.S., Japan and East Asia. Open: Tue - Thu, 12 pm - 7 pm; Fri, 12 pm - 9 pm; Sat & Sun, 11 am - 5 pm.
El Museo del Barrio
1230 5th Ave, New York, NY 10029, USA/ 1212.831.7272/ www.elmuseo.org
El Museo del Barrio, often known simply as El Museo (the museum) is a museum located towards the northern end in the neighborhood of Museum Mile, immediately north of the Museum of the City of New York and south of the future Museum for African Art. Founded in 1969, El Museo specializes in Latin American and Caribbean art, with an emphasis on works from Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rican community in New York City. Open: Wed - Sat, 11 am - 6 pm; Sun, 12 am - 5 pm.
Hispanic Society of America
613 W 155th St, New York, NY 10032, USA/ 1212.926.2234/ hispanicsociety.org
The Hispanic Society of America is a museum and reference library for the study of the arts and cultures of Spain and Portugal and their former colonies in Latin America, the Philippines and Portuguese India. (Despite the name and the founder's intention, it has never functioned as a learned association.) Founded in 1904 by Archer M. Huntington, the institution remains at its original location in a 1908 Beaux Arts building on Audubon Terrace (at 155th Street and Broadway) in the lower Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City in the United States. A second building, on the north side of the terrace, was added in 1930. Exterior sculpture in front of that building includes work by Anna Hyatt Huntington and nine major reliefs by the Swiss-American sculptor Berthold Nebel, a commission that took ten years to complete. Open: Tue - Sat, 10 am - 4:30 pm; Sun, 1 pm - 4 pm.
Neue Galerie New York
1048 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028, USA/ 1212.628.6200/ www.neuegalerie.org
The Neue Galerie New York (German for: "New Gallery") is a museum of early twentieth-century German and Austrian art and design located in the William Starr Miller House at 86th Street and Fifth Avenue in New York City. Established in 2001, it is one of the most recent additions to New York City's famed Museum Mile, which runs from 83rd to 105th streets on Fifth Avenue in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Open: Thu - Mon, 11 am - 6 pm.
Dahesh Museum of Art
145 6th Ave, New York, NY 10013, USA/ 1212.759.0606/ www.daheshmuseum.org
Chartered in 1987, the Dahesh Museum of Art is the only institution in the United States devoted to collecting, exhibiting, and interpreting works by Europe's academically-trained artists of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The Museum's core collection originated with Dr. Dahesh (tr. "Inspiring Wonder"), the pen name of the late Salim Moussa Achi (1909–1984), an influential Lebanese writer, philosopher, and connoisseur, in whose honor the Museum is named. Open: Tue - Sat, 10 am - 5 pm.
Austrian Cultural Forum New York
11 E 52nd St, New York, NY 10022, USA/ 1212.319.5300/ www.acfny.org
The Austrian Cultural Forum New York is one of Austria’s two cultural representation offices in the United States; the other is in Washington, D.C. It is part of the worldwide network of Austrian Cultural Forums of the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs. Since its founding, the ACF has served as a place for cultural exchange between Austrians and Americans and introduces Austrian artists at venues all over the USA. It is responsible for cultural and academic cooperation throughout the United States of America, with the exception of Washington D.C., which has its own cultural forum under the auspices of the Austrian Embassy. Open: Daily, 10 am - 6 pm.
Scandinavia House – The Nordic Center in America
58 Park Ave, New York, NY 10016, USA/ 1212.779.3587/ www.scandinaviahouse.org
Scandinavia House – The Nordic Center in America is the American-Scandinavian Foundation's cultural center in Murray Hill, Manhattan, dedicated to preserving the history of the Scandinavian and Nordic countries in the United States through a wide variety of exhibits and programming. This cultural center hosts exhibitions of fine art, design as well as performing arts pieces from Nordic countries. The center also introduces the local population and guests with Scandinavian languages and customs by organizing courses. Open: Mon - Sat, 11 am - 10 pm; Sun, 11 am - 5 pm.