Of the myriad things to do in NYC, museums are in the top three with dining and shopping. If a stay in New York City is the focus, there are museums on top of museums which has been called “an embarrassment of riches.” If so, it’s a good one to have.
1. The Met
Just about every notable, world-renowned artist resides here in a place of honor. Old Masters, Impressionists, Egyptian ruins and The Monuments Men exhibit are on view now. The Met has a variety of tours, but it may be more time-effective to hone in on exact areas of interest and go there sans tour. Wandering around is not a bad thing since it’s all very enlightening and fascinating whatever direction is taken. The Met is located at 5th Avenue and East 82nd Street.
2. The Neue Galerie
Across the street from the Met at 86th Street and 5th Avenue, the Neue Galerie has the famous Klimt painting, “Woman in Gold,” the story told in the recent film with Helen Mirren. It also has the wonderful Cafe Sabarsky for Viennese cafe.
3. The MoMA
Variety is a highlight of this museum with “old modern” to “new modern” works. Always in pursuit of new talent, exhibitions change and reflect what’s happening in this genre of the art world. The older, well-known names in modern art include, Picasso, Kandinsky, Mondrian, Rousseau, Ernst, Matisse, Pollock, Warhol, Lichtenstein, Magritte, Wyeth, Kahlo, Chagall, Dali and Johns. The Impressionists are included in this museum’s collection as well given their controversy in the late 1800s. It’s at 53rd Street off 5th Avenue.
4. The Guggenheim
Modern and Contemporary art is featured here as well, but the edifice itself is worth seeing. It’s an excellent representation of innovative 20th-century architecture that also houses amazing pieces inspired by all manner of sources. Many of the same well-known modern artists seen in the MoMA are also here, but there are many different works in both locations. It’s just a few blocks north of the Met.
5. The Frick
Still on the upper east side of Manhattan, the Frick Collection in the Henry Clay Frick House is worth whatever the entrance fee costs. The home itself rivals castles in Europe with wood-paneled walls, gilt furniture and chandeliers. At 5th Avenue and East 70th Street, it is the site of the former Lenox Library purchased for almost two and half million dollars in 1906 by Frick. Such was the lifestyle of this level of businessman in the early 1900s before taxes and antitrust laws were created.