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Metropolitan Museum of Art
Getting at least a little bit lost at the Met is inevitable. Floor plans
help, but only so much. Despite their seeming complexity, though, the
galleries are arranged to help you navigate through with ease. If you
get mixed up, there are always museum personnel nearby who can give you
directions If you’re planning on visiting the Met and another museum
on Museum Mile in one trip, you’ll have to prioritize; going through
the entire Met is a full day (or two) affair. The Met is a must see when
visiting New York and is always worth another trip.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Exploring the Guggenheim is extremely enjoyable, but a floor plan is a necessity. The amount of artwork on display is significant, so much so that a visitor might feel a kind of art overload, which is why the museum offers self guided audio tours and group tours for interested visitors.
Expect to spend at least half a day going through the galleries and exploring the building. Try to head here early and avoid the weekends when the museum gets extremely crowded.
The exhibits, in large part, focus on work that gives every day items like furniture, computers and toothbrushes a more unique appearance, adding form to the function. Architecture and graphic design are also well covered.
The museum is not as large as it looks. Plan to spend two hours or more.
The permanent exhibit, located on the top two floors, presents the history of the Jewish people starting more than four thousand years ago. Since the exhibit is presented in chronological order, it makes the most sense to start at the beginning on the fourth floor and walk your way down through time.
The museum provides a large amount of information to explain the cultural and historical significance of the artifacts and artwork on display and makes for a wonderful learning experience. A curious visitor would most likely spend three or four hours seeing all of the galleries at this museum.
"The Cooper Shop at The Jewish Museum supports the educational mission of the Museum by offering distinctive Jewish ceremonial objects for every holiday; unusual jewelry; stationery items; reproductions; catalogues; CDs and audio and video cassettes, as well as children's books and toys.
Celebrations specializes in finely-crafted ceremonial objects designed to commemorate the holidays and the special moments in the lives of those you love. Additionally, the design shop offers a Bridal Registry and a full selection of ketubbot (marriage contracts)."
The shops are open the same hours as the museum and also on Fridays from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm.
The Museum of the City of New York, one of the most elegant museums in the city, looks like a Colonial American mansion; it is a large red-brick building with white stone columns accenting the entranceway and marble floors and stairways. It is way uptown, but the area is just as safe as the rest of the city.
MCNY is a large museum with four or five floors of exhibits. The fifth floor, which houses the Rockefeller rooms, a recreation of the houses of several famous Robber Barons, including Rockefeller, is open to the public intermittently. The other exhibits have just about everything you ever wanted to know about New York City and then some, including an exhibit devoted to New York’s history as a major seaport with ship models and a seven foot tall statue of the inventor of the steamship. Another gallery has recreations of living rooms from various time periods starting in the colonial era. Of course, there are plenty of paintings depicting scenes of New York.
The Museum of the City of New York is the place to go to find out more
about the city. Plan on a fairly long visit, three to four hours, if you
want to look through the whole museum.
El Museo del Barrio
The Goethe Institute is probably one of the smallest museums in New York.
It’s a converted townhouse right across the street from the Met,
and the gallery is actually only a part of the institute’s functions.
There is also a library, book center and program center for people interested
in German language and culture. It will only take about a half an hour
to see this free gallery, so there’s no reason not to take a look
in if you’re interested. The staff is friendly and willing to help
answer any questions.
National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts
Lectures, symposia, gallery talks, tours, and other educational programs are presented regularly, designed to complement special exhibitions and provide rare insights into the creative process from the artist’s perspective.
The National Academy Museum, located along Museum Mile, is housed in a landmark turn of the century Beaux-Arts townhouse. Although the museum appears to be rather small, there is a lot of gallery space featuring the museum's vast collection of 19th and 20th century American Art. The gallery spaces, like the art on display, are rather traditional.
The National Academy Museum is a place that would appeal mostly to art
students or people who have a dedicated interest in painting. After visiting
two or three other museums on Museum Mile, this museum would probably
be too much to absorb or appreciate.