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The school year may be coming to a close but there is still plenty of learning to do in New York City. New York City’s museum scene is lush with masterpieces, artifacts, and neat exhibits that will leave a lasting impression on you and your children. From spaceships to paintings by Da Vinci, the city’s museums have something to stimulate the whole family. Let’s take a look at 5 of NYC’s top museums and start planning our next outing!
1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s reputation precedes itself and the museum is undoubtedly the crown jewel of New York’s cultural scene. The museum holds a massive collection of Asian, Egyptian, ancient Greek and Roman, European, and American art. It is the biggest museum in the United States and holds over 2 million works, demanding at least a full day’s worth of time to view all of the masterpieces.
This summer the MET will be showing a few special, unique exhibitions. The first, “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology” explores how new wave designers are reconciling hand made processes with all of the new technology available to them, including 3-D printing. Another exhibition, “Turner’s Whaling Pictures”, unites all four of landscapist J.M. William Turner’s nautical pieces for the first time ever. It also explores the impact that they may have had on Herman Melville’s classic “Moby Dick”. Melville was in London where the pieces originally resided in 1849, shortly before he penned his epic novel in 1851.
Admission: The museum maintains a “pay what you wish” admissions policy but recommends donations of $25 for adults and $12 for students.
2. Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum
The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum is fittingly located in the majestic Andrew Carnegie Mansion and provides an immersive experience into all things design, both historical and contemporary. The museum accomplishes this with a wide array of eccentric and educational exhibits, as well as a solid core collection of pieces that portray the impact of design on everyday human life. From product design and decorative arts to textiles, wall coverings, and even digital design, the Cooper-Hewitt provides a crash course on the development of everyday objects and how their designs influence our interaction with them.
A wide range of exhibitions should provide something for the whole family this summer. “Pixar: The Design of Story”, gives you an inside look into the design process of everyone’s favorite animated production company. Sketches, paintings, and sculptures reveal how characters and settings were brought to life. A full list of exhibitions can be found right here.
Admission: Adults – $18, Seniors – $12, Students $9
3. The Museum of Modern Art
When the Museum of Modern of Art opened its doors in 1929 it was the first museum in Manhattan to exhibit European Modernism. Today, the museum holds over 150,000 pieces of art and stands as the most complete collection of modern artwork in the world. MoMA also contains a research library that details the history of modern art.
Act quickly to catch a rare Edgar Degas print making exhibition before it ends on July 24. Degas was enchanted with a new printmaking process that expanded the realm of possibilities in art. He threw himself into the process, and the fruits of his labors are now on display in New York for a limited time.
Admission: Adults – $25, Students – $14
4. The Morgan Library and Museum
The Morgan Library and Museum might be the only place in the world where you can view both a diary kept by Bob Dylan and original sketches by Leonardo Da Vinci. Located in Manhattan’s Murray Hill neighborhood, the Morgan Library and Museum contains banking tycoon J.P. Morgan’s extensive private collection of art and noted literary works. The museum holds pieces from the High Renaissance and Impressionist movements to ancient artifacts and rare manuscripts and books.
Pieces from Rembrant, Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo Da Vinci, Picasso, Van Gogh, and Cezanne round out Morgan’s art collection, while famed authors Henry David Thoreau, William Blake, and Emile Zola all have rare versions of their work on display. The museum is a can’t miss for any culture fiend looking to cross off a number of artists from their bucket list this Summer.
Admission: Adults – $18, Children – $12
5. The Guggenheim
The Guggenheim Museum is well known not only for its eclectic collection of Impressionist, Modern, and Contemporary art, but also for the building’s original design that was conceived and executed by legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The gallery is displayed in a continuous spiral that ascends through the building, reflecting Wright’s vision of a free flowing space.
On exhibition this summer is “But a Storm is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa”.
Admission: Adults – $25, Students and Seniors – $1