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NYC Museums Galore

New York City’s museums offer complimentary or discounted admission one day a week:

  • Museum of Modern Art (Fridays from 4-8 PM)
  • Whitney Museum of American Art (Fridays from 6-9 PM)
  • Guggenheim (Saturdays from 5:45-7:45 PM)
  • Frick Collection (Sundays from 11 AM-5 PM)

From Uptown to downtown and all points in between, Manhattan is home to some of the finest art museums and galleries in the world. Here is a selection organized from Uptown to downtown:

THE GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM

Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, The Guggenheim is the permanent home of an expansive collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. Its round tapering exterior and its spiraling interior walkways are an achievement in 20th century architecture that add another layer of artistic appreciation to the exhibits on display. — 1071 Fifth Ave. (between 88th and 89th streets).

THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART

The Met houses the world’s finest and most extensive collection of American art, thousands of European paintings (such as Rembrandt and Vermeer), Asian art, ancient art, and the biggest and best collection of Egyptian art outside of Cairo. — 1005 Fifth Ave. (at E. 82nd St.).

THE WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART

The Whitney has a huge collection across all mediums that focuses particularly on the works of living artists. Every two years the museum hosts a biennial event that features the work of emerging, little-known artists. The museum will be moving to a new building in the Meatpacking District downtown at the head of The Highline Park in 2015. — 945 Madison Ave. (at E. 75th St.).

THE FRICK COLLECTION

An Old Central Park mansion stuffed with European masterworks, The Frick Collection is one of the Upper East Side’s lesser-known and more stunning museums. Just below Museum Mile, it’s the perfect spot to duck into if the crowds at The Met look overwhelming. The museum’s increased focus on sculpture in recent years has made its collection second to none in the city. — 1 E. 70th St. (at Fifth Avenue).

THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART (MOMA)

A must-see for true connoisseurs, MOMA is home to the world’s most comprehensive collection of modern art, including such greats as Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” and Picasso’s “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon.” — 11 W. 53rd St. (between Fifth and Sixth avenues).

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