American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History

This is a great adventure for both kids and grownups!
The American Museum of Natural History is full of stuffed animals, including elephants, rhinos and lions and the largest and arguably most fabulous collection of dinosaur fossils in the world. The museum has been a favorite among kids for decades. Roughly 80 percent of the bones on display were actually dug out of the ground; the rest are casts.

The museum is the worlds largest of its kind. It´s home to 45 permanent exhibition halls, a library and a planetarium, as well as space for temporary interesting exhibits.

The Godzilla-like Tyrannosaurus rex in the museum entrance hall is particular spectacular and a favourite among the museums visitors.

Another museum favourite is the 94-foot-long model of a blue whale, which dominates the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life on the first floor, surrounded by videos of ocean life. The Hayden Planetarium is in the Rose Center for Earth and Science, an illuminated sphere inside a transparent cube designed by James Stewart Polshek.

Central Park W & 79th St –  www.amnh.org

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The Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMa)

For every museum lover a visit to The Museum of Modern Art its a must on your visit to New York!

The world’s leading museum of modern art offers a rich program of exhibitions at their location in Midtown. Collection highlights include paintings by such modern masters as Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet and Jackson Pollock. Daily film and video screenings and gallery talks are free with admission.

The Museum of Modern Art has a great deal of free family programming for all ages, check their website and don´t forget to visit their Design and Book store!

11 W 53rd St – www.moma.org

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Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met)

No other great museum has the Metropolitan’s range. Its name is appropriate for it turns the whole world, across all time, into one buzzing city. You can stroll from an Egyptian temple to a Renaissance studiolo, from a roomful of Rembrandts to an encounter with Jackson Pollock.

From the sidewalk on Fifth Avenue, the Met, with its tall columns and windows, immense stairways and water fountains, looks like it could be an emperor’s palace.

With nearly two million works of art spanning more than 5,000 years, The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the world’s largest and finest museums, presenting the best of human creativity from around the globe.

I summertime you shouldn´t miss their rooftop exhibitions. It gives you, not just and interesting exhibition but also amazing photo opportunities.

The Met store is a fabulous place to buy gifts; you will find publications based on past and present exhibits, stationary, puzzles, jewelry and other reproductions produced by the Museum. Upstairs there are rugs and posters for home decorating with style

1000 5th Avenue – www.metmuseum.org

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Guggenheim

Guggenheim Museum

You won´t miss Guggenheims unique and iconic building with its round white shape on 5th Avenue. A work of art in itself, and in the museum you’ll find one impressive work of art after the other.

Inside the museum it´s open in the middle and there is a big beautiful window in the ceiling that allows natural light to shine down into the museum.
Around the spiral path that goes around the open space you will find small alcoves and walls full of modern and contemporary art

Guggenheim Museum, the American architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s last major work opened its doors October 12, 1959.
It took Wright over fifteen years and 700 sketches to design the building which is now one of New York’s most famous.

Be sure to visit their well filled and interesting museum shop.

1071 5th Avenue – www.guggenheim.org

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The Frick collection

The Frick Collection

The Frick Collection, a beautiful mansion-turned-art museum, is known for its distinguished Old Master paintings and outstanding examples of European sculpture and decorative arts.

The building is one of New York City’s few remaining Gilded Age mansions, it provides a tranquil environment for visitors to experience masterpieces by artists such as Bellini, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Gainsborough, Goya, and Whistler.

Along with special exhibitions and an acclaimed concert series, the Frick offers a wide range of lectures, symposia, and education programs that foster a deeper appreciation of its permanent collection.

1 East 79th St – www.frick.org

Museum of Arts and Design

Museum of Arts and Design (MAD)

The Museum of Arts and Design explores the blur zone between art, design, and craft today. The Museum focuses on contemporary creativity and the ways in which artists and designers from around the world transform materials through processes ranging from the artisanal to digital.

Robert, the restaurant a top of the Museum of Arts and Design offers breathtaking views of Central Park and Columbus Circle. At the ground floor you will find a well stocked design store.

2 Columbus Circle – www.madmuseum.org

New Muesum

New Museum

Are you looking for modern art? Then head to the New Museum, which focuses entirely on contemporary art in all its forms. The museum was founded in 1977 in Tribeca and has since then been moved around several times before finally settling on Bowery Street.

The Japanese architects Ryue Nishizawa and Kazuyo Sejima designed the splendid building that looks like sugar cubes stacked on top of each other. A worthy building for the artworks.

The New Museum also has a nice little shop and a popular cafe. Don´t miss the view from the roof.
235 Bowery street – www.newmuseum.org

The Tenement Museum

The Tenement Museum

New York has over the years received a large number of immigrants and the Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side on 97 Orchard Street is definitely worth a visit.
It´s a residential building where people who came with the great immigration wave in the late 1900s lived.

The tiny, dark and inconvenient apartments are furnished with furniture and decor from that period. A guided tour takes you around the house in the various apartments and tells a vivid stories about those who lived here and how hard life was for them.

You can book the guided tours in their shop or through the website which is a good thing to do. The tours are very popular and gets fully booked quickly. The shop has a large assortment of books related to New York and that era, and some fun stuff.

108 Orchard Street – www.tenement.org

National September 11 Memorial Museum

National September 11 Memorial Museum

The Museum’s 110,000 square feet of exhibition space is located within the archaeological heart of the World Trade Center, beneath the memorial pools, in the footprints of the former towers.
The museum tells the story of 9/11 through multimedia displays, archives, narratives and a collection of monumental and authentic artifacts.

The visitor’s gradual descent — from daylight into darkness — has been carefully choreographed. The journey begins in a glassy pavilion that serves as an entry into the museum space below. The Pavilion is designed by the Norwegian architectural firm Snohetta and has ghostly echoes of a tumbling twin tower.

When the twin towers collapsed, multiple floors of concrete, drywall, carpeting and furniture were compressed into single, meteorlike objects. Two of these fragments, known as composites, were recovered during the excavation and were among the many thousands of artifacts considered for display in the National September 11 Memorial Museum.

Buy tickets online for the date you wish to visit.
Price: $24 adult and Youth $15. On Tuesday evenings from 5pm to 8pm the admission is free but you still need to make an reservation online.
www.911memorial.org

Museum of the Moving Image

Museum of the Moving Image

Museum of the Moving Image is dedicated to the art, technology and social impact of film, television and digital media. It houses the nation´s largest collection of moving image artefacts, screens hundreds of films annually and offers education programs.
The museum have a core exhibition, Behind the Screen where visitors can follow the creative process of making images through a unique combination of interactive experiences, one-of-a-kind artworks and demonstrations of equipment and crafts.

35th Avenue at 37th St, Queens – www.movingimage.us

Whitney museum

Whitney Museum of American Art

The new place of Whitney Museum of American Art, at the southern end of the High Line, has twice the exhibition space of the old one. Big slices of the collection can now be on full-time display, which was never possible before. You get an amazing view of downtown Manhattan and Meatpacking from the terraces.
99 Gansevoort Street – www.whitney.org