New York City has some of the world’s leading museums.
Closed on Mondays
UPPER EAST SIDE, NYC
The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s modern and contemporary art museum.
FORT TRYON PARK, NYC ~ This reconstructed French cloister is a museum of medieval art known for its unicorn tapestries
UPPER EAST SIDE, NYC
New York’s encyclopedia of art covers 5,000 years of human history.
UPPER WEST SIDE, NYC
Dinosaurs, planets, elephants, giant trees, a blue whale, Lucy, lots of stuff you will remember all your life, and a great place for a first date to see if you want to make some natural history together
Daily (Fridays until 9pm)
One of the world’s great collections of modern art, contemporary art and film
UPPER EAST SIDE, NYC ~ One of the world’s great modern art collections
Appointment only during renovations
WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, NYC ~ This research library and museum has the most important Spanish art collection outside of Spain
EAST HARLEM, NYC
Puerto Rican, Caribbean and Latin American art museum and community center
FINANCIAL DISTRICT, NYC
This branch of the Smithsonian presents amazing bilingual exhibitions
PROSPECT PARK, Brooklyn
First Saturdays free party
NYC’s second biggest museum has good collections of African and Pre-Columbian art.
EAST HARLEM ~ A center for dialogue on policy, business and the culture of Africa and the African diaspora
SOHO, NYC ~ New York City’s museum of drawings
NYC’s museum of film, television and media
UPPER EAST SIDE, NYC ~ New York’s museum of old masters, European sculpture and decorative arts
LONG ISLAND CITY, Queens ~ The Museum of Modern Art’s experimental art space
UPPER EAST SIDE, NYC ~ A museum of Jewish art and culture is Free on Saturdays
FLUSHING MEADOWS CORONA PARK, Queens ~ The big museum in Queens
LOWER EAST SIDE, NYC ~ New York City’s contemporary art museum is transforming the Bowery
MEATPACKING DISTRICT, NYC ~ New York City’s museum of U.S. art now includes Latin artists
CONCOURSE VILLAGE, The Bronx ~ Museum of contemporary art associated with The Bronx
MURRAY HILL, Tue-Sun, antique book museum ~ JP Morgan’s home is now a museum of historic manuscripts, early books and old master drawings and prints
New York’s specifically Latin art museums are Hispanic Society, El Museo del Barrio and the Studio Museum in Harlem. The Bronx Museum and Queens Museum represent their communities which are very Latin.
The Cisneros Institute at MoMA and the Cisneros Gift of abstract Latin art makes the Museum of Modern Art one of the world’s leading institutions for modern and contemporary Latin art.
A Change is in the Works
Curators have begun adapting to the fact that modern and contemporary art was not only created by men, in Europe and the United States, from about 1860 to the present. The Museum of Modern Art completely restructured their exhibitions in 2019 to be more inclusive of gender, place and time. ¡Bravo!
A Euro-centric point of view no longer works. A lot of great art is coming out of storage as a result.
Why take your kids to the museum?
The artist who set auction records in 2017 for an American artist, a Black artist, and the first contemporary art made after 1980 to pass the $100 million mark, was Jean-Michel Basquiat, a Haitian–Puerto Rican from Brooklyn.
How did that happen? As a child his mother used to take him to the Brooklyn Museum. Take your children to the museum. You never know what might happen.