As an art Mecca, New York City shines with world-class museums, countless galleries and other art offerings scattered throughout the five boroughs. While an art connoisseur could spend a lifetime luxuriating in this city’s vibrant and dynamic culture, today is an exploration of four timeless treasures that can be experienced at a discount thanks to the CityPass program available for purchase online.
Modern art aficionados will appreciate starting the day at the Museum of Modern Art. Nestled at 55th Street between 5th and 6th Avenue, MOMA’s newly redesigned and expanded 630,000-square-foot building and its central location makes it an ideal morning stop. This extensive collection of modern art includes 150,000 paintings, sculptures, drawing photographs and other works of art as well as 22,000 films and other multimedia works. Two cafés located inside MOMA provide options to relax and enjoy a light and elegant bite to eat.
Then venture northbound to the Guggenheim Museum situated at Fifth Avenue and 91st Street. Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece of modern architecture is home to one of the world’s finest collections of 20th-century art. Traverse up the grand ramp that curves from the ground to the museum’s dome and take in the ever-changing array of visiting exhibitions. The Museum Café located at Fifth Avenue and 88th Street offers a selection of light fare should one desire an afternoon latte.
Next,trek way uptown to The Cloisters, a branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art,situated in the hills of Fort Tryon Park. Soak in art, architecture, and gardens of medieval Europe in this secluded oasis. The view of the Hudson River from these hills is well worth the subway ride on the A-subway train to the 207th Street stop. Be sure to save the museum admission stubs because admission to the Cloisters also includes same day admission to the Met. Stop by the
self-service outdoor café open from May through October for a coffee and a light bite.
Then journey south to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a two-million-square-foot museum located at 5th Avenue between 79th and 84th Street. Wander through the expansive collection of over two million pieces of art spanning over 5,000 years. In particular, be sure to check out the recently redesigned Greek and Roman galleries, as well as the new galleries for 19th- and early 20th-century European paintings and sculpture. Dining options inside the museum range from casual cafeteria service to more elegant café and wine bars.
On Friday and Saturday nights, relax to live music in the Met’s Balcony Bar and from May through October head up to the rooftop garden where you can sip a glass of wine while admiring the current outdoor exhibit. Even though the rooftop can get a bit crowded on Friday and Saturday evenings when the museum stays open until 9:00 pm, watching the sunset from on top the Met represents a singular and unforgettable Big Apple treat.
The Cloisters (695 W. 196th Street; 212-923-3700)
Guggenheim Museum (1071 Fifth Avenue; 212-423-3500)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (1000 Fifth Ave; 212-535-7710)
Museum of Modern Art; MOMA Cafés (11 West 53 Street; 212-708-9400)
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Planning a trip to NYC? Take along the New York Pass , which covers general admission to these four museums (special exhibits and movies may be extra), as well as tickets for the Empire State Building Observatory and a Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island or Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise. Additional travel information can be obtained by logging on to “This is New York City (http://www.nycvisit.com).
Those with limited time who want to sample all these museums could do so on a Friday
when all the museums are open into the early evening. Also, all these museums
are open on Wednesdays; a day tends to be the least crowded.