The Best Art Museums in Manhattan

From John Singer Sargent to Andy Warhol, and J.P. Morgan to Peggy Guggenheim, artists and art collectors have been flocking to New York since the late 18th century — and today, Manhattan more than lives up to its reputation as an international art hub. Hit one of the below museums to check out the best that the borough has to offer.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

There’s something for everyone at the Met, the largest art museum in America, thanks to galleries spanning 5,000 years of art and artifacts from countless world cultures — ancient Egypt, ancient Greece, Mughal India and Belle Èpoque France are a few. Also expect to find a wide variety of artistic genres and media, from German Renaissance woodblocks to Impressionist paintings and the priceless garments of the seasonal Costume Institute.

The Museum of Modern Art

Arguably tied with the Met for most iconic New York art museum, MoMA specializes in work produced between the late 19th century and the present: Vincent van Gogh’s “Starry Night,” René Magritte’s “The Lovers,” and Andy Warhol’s “Campbell Soup Cans” are three. The museum is also known for hosting groundbreaking temporary exhibitions, which in recent years have highlighted the work of Marina Abramoviç and Yoko Ono, among many others.

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Thanks to the distinctive design of the Guggenheim’s building, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, exploring this museum is unlike any such experience elsewhere. You’ll feel as if you’re walking around a larger-than-life seashell as you take in the works of the permanent collection, including paintings by Kandinsky and Cézanne.

Whitney Museum of American Art

Founded by the socialite Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, the Whitney is best known for its biennial, which highlights up-and-coming American artists. However, we also recommend a tour of its permanent collection, featuring works by Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jasper Johns, Man Ray, and other widely recognized and respected American artists. Architecture lovers will love the building itself, designed by Renzo Piano when the collection moved to the Meatpacking District.

The New Museum of Contemporary Art

Located in the hip Bowery neighborhood, adjacent to the Lower East Side, the New Museum prides itself on artwork that’s exactly that. You’ll discover a wide selection of innovative, thought-provoking, and occasionally amusing exhibitions, showcasing murals, videos, photographs, and installations incorporating sound and light.

The Frick Collection

If you frequently find yourself dreaming of the Palace of Versailles or the Dutch “Golden Age,” you’ll love the Frick, which focuses on traditional European art and decorative objects. Expect idyllic, colorful depictions of life in the Parisian countryside; French Limoges enamel; landscape paintings by J.M.W. Turner; and portraits by the Old Dutch Masters — all in a fittingly sumptuous setting.

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