Guggenheim Museum, New York City
NYC hosts dozens of world-class museums and art galleries. One of the most renowned, both for its exhibits and collections AND for its actual edifice is the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Located over on 5th Avenue at 89th Avenue, on the eastern edge of Central Park, the Guggenheim (as it is known) is part of NYC's designated "Museum Mile" on 5th Avenue.
The building itself is a classic and enduring creation of Frank Lloyd Wright, one of America's most famous and accomplished architects. This year (2010) represents the 50th anniversary of the NYC Guggenheim Museum, and they have an outstanding lineup of exhibits planned. The building itself was completed in 1959. The Grand Rotunda has been the site, over the years, of many celebrated special exhibitions, while its smaller galleries are devoted to the Guggenheim's renowned collection of wide-ranging art, from impressionist through contemporaries. (MY favorite impressionist is Rich Little.... just kidding, it's an American TV joke. If you're going to make me pretend like I know something, I particularly liked a "lesser known" impressionist offering in the collection, a Belgian landscape painted at the turn of the last century by Georges Braque.)
As for the more modern stuff, they have some (IMHO) disturbing photography courtesy of Robert Mapplethorp. My opinion of these priceless images probably proves that I'm no art critic. Sigh.
They also have a few paintings by some Spanish guy named Pablo Picasso or something like that... the boy shows promise.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10128
Phone: 212 423 3500
Sun–Wed 10 am–5:45 pm
Fri 10 am–5:45 pm
Sat 10 am–7:45 pm
Closed Thurs, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day
Some galleries may close prior to 5:45 pm Sun–Wed and Fri (7:45 pm Sat)
Students and Seniors (65 years +) with valid ID $15
Children under 12 Free
Note, audio tours are available and free with admission.
Favorite thing: I’m not that much into art but the Guggenheim museum is pretty famous so we decided to visit it. I guess the building itself is as well known as the museum itself. We took the subway to 86th street if I’m not mistaken and we just walked over towards Central Park and Fifth Avenue. Soon the characteristic white rings appeared in front of us and it is such a cool building. Of course there were some construction work going on (as usual in big cities) but that didn’t destroy the “experience”. The museum was a lot smaller than I had imagined it to be and it contained a lot more pictures than expected. Maybe it was because there was a special exhibition called “Speaking with hands”. We only spent about an hour in the museum. According to their web site the admission is about 15$ but we used the New York CityPass to get in. We were not allowed to take pictures above the first floor…one English guy tried to pull the old “I thought the first floor was the ground floor” and the guards didn’t seem to happy with that :-)
Favorite thing: Visit the Jewish Museum. Visit the Frick Collection and the Heckscher Museum of Art. Visit the Museum of the City of New York and the Museum of Television and Radio. And don't forget the marvelous Guggenheim. Did I neglect to mention the Musuem of Modern Art, the Cooper Hewitt Museum of the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum of Holography, etc. etc. etc.?
Visit the Numerous Museums which line Museum Mile (5th Avenue between 82-105 streets). These Include The Guggenheim (pic). The METropolitan Museum.
The MOMA (Museum of Modern Art), has recently moved to queens for the next few years as they are doing extensive renovation to the building in manhattan. It is easily accessible by taking the 7 train to the long island city station.
Fondest memory: Not Yet.. give me some time!!
Favorite thing: Commissioned in 1943 and completed in 1959 the Guggenheim was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, and is noted as much for its incredible architecture as for its collections. You can start the visit at the top of the building and then walk down a ramp through the various exhibits. The museum features rotating exhibits of popular culture, cultural icons, education programs and countless masterpieces.-
Visit the museums!
I absolutely like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and I never seem to be able to finish all of the exhibits in all the nooks and crannies!
This place is amazing and I've always enjoyed going to the Met. The last time I was there, they had an exhibition on Jackie Kennedy Onassis and it was quite interesting. And they also had an exhibition on Blake's writings and drawings! Wow! :p
The Guggenheim Museum is also a very interesting place. The architecture of the museum itself is interesting! It sort of spirals with the centre an open airwell/ atrium...
Favorite thing: August 31st. Guggenheim Museum! The exposition these days is of architect Frank Gehry. His work shows an amazing imagination. This forbidden picture shows his newest project of a new museum right of Battery Park.
Favorite thing: Inside the Guggenheim Museum, a work of art itself, the spiral structure shows modern and contemporary masterpieces. The building is designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the name says it all!