200 Eastern Parkway
A massive Egyptian collection is just the beginning at this can’t-miss museum, which boasts ancient art from around the world as well as buzzy exhibits from contemporary stars. And don’t skip a bite at the top-notch in-house restaurant, Saul.
The Frick Collection
1 East 70th Street
Located in the eye-popping former mansion of industrialist Henry Clay Frick, this museum specializes in Old Master paintings as well as antique furniture, sculpture, enamel work and rugs.
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue
While the iconic Frank Lloyd Wright building that houses the New York branch of this international museum is itself a work of art, what’s inside impresses: a collection of modern and contemporary work as well as must-see exhibitions, lectures, performances and more.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
Whether you’re looking for photography, sculpture, artifacts or fashion—or maybe even a drink next to the rooftop exhibition overlooking Central Park—the Metropolitan Museum, the largest art museum in the Unites States, has it all and then some.
The Morgan Library & Museum
225 Madison Avenue
Rare prints, first editions, fine paintings and more are on display at this museum and research library, founded in the early 20th century to house the collection of J.P. Morgan himself.
The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street
A world-class permanent collection of modern art as well as blockbuster special exhibitions, film screenings and performance make MoMA one of the most visited museums in town for very good reason.
Neue Galerie New York
1048 Fifth Avenue
Austrian and German art from the early 20th century is the focus at this Upper East Side museum. And no visit is complete with a stop by the in-house eatery, Café Sabarsky, for some Teutonic treats.
22-25 Jackson Avenue
This Long Island City outpost of the Museum of Modern Art features cutting-edge exhibitions and avant-garde performances as well as a popular summer-music series that packs its courtyard with up-and-coming bands and their fans.
The Drawing Center
35 Wooster Street
The only United States museum devoted solely to drawing, this SoHo mainstay regularly showcases historical and contemporary works on paper.
The Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Avenue
An institution dedicated to preserving works that reflect the Jewish experience, the museum exhibits a wide array of work from fine art to antiquities and even contemporary work, including graphic novels.
The New Museum
A downtown destination focused solely on contemporary art, the New Museum regularly showcases exciting and challenging work from established and vanguard artists.
The Whitney Museum of American Art
945 Madison Avenue
A wide-ranging collection of American works make the Whitney one of New York’s most formidable cultural collections—it’s become so big, in fact, that the museum will be relocating in late 2014 from its Upper East Side home to a new building downtown. Be sure to check the website for details before planning a visit!