5 Great New York City Museums

by Kim on April 12, 2014

There are lots of things to do in New York City: see the Statue of Liberty, visit the Empire State Building, walk through Central Park – the list goes on and on. But something that you absolutely must do during your stay is to spend some time visiting some New York museums. Some of the best museums in the world are located in New York City, just waiting to stimulate and amaze you. With cheap flights from fly.co.uk, you can always find a great deal – saving you some extra money to shop during your visit!

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (known as “the Met”) is one of the premier museums in the world, and is the largest museum in the United States. It has an impressive collection of art, ranging from antiquity to modern art. The Egyptian section is quite impressive, and is home to the Temple of Dendur, which was saved from destruction and rebuilt in the Met. Also, the collection of arms and armor is one of the most popular collections and is not to be missed.

One thing to take into consideration when you are planning your trip to the Met: make sure you give yourself plenty of time – at least half a day. It’s time you definitely won’t regret.

The Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art (“MoMA”) is a constantly changing museum. By consistently adding to its collection, it is considered as one of the most influential modern art museums in the world. Now, the term “modern art” can be understandably imitating for many people. But MoMA isn’t full of abstract sculptures or splattered-paint paintings. It houses some of the best known paintings in the world – such as Van Gogh’s Starry Night, Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, and many other works that the casual art fan will recognize.

In addition, MoMA has a huge library of literary and film work, as well as a department of architecture and design. So whatever your preference in art, MoMA is sure to have something to please.

The American Museum of Natural History

When you enter the American Museum of Natural History, you encounter one of the most impressive displays of dinosaur bones in the world – and that’s before you even pay your admission. After this impressive sight, you will find taxidermied animals from all over the world, a Hall of Forests, fossils from all eras of human and animal history, and a planetarium.

There are no paintings adorning the walls here: it’s all about the wild beauty of the natural world, and it’s sure to bring about a sense of awe and wonder in even the oldest among us.

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (referred to as “the Guggenheim”) might be better known for the building that houses its impressive collection of artwork. The unique building, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, catches the eye because it is larger on top than on the bottom. It’s unique, circular gallery winds around the building, offering an experience that no other museum can. The Guggenheim collection specializes in Impressionistic, Post-Impressionistic and Modern art, all of which converge and seem to interact with the building itself, adding to the visitor experience.

No matter which New York museum (or museums!) you choose to visit, they will add to your memorable New York visit!