New York City is known for its nightlife, theaters and other cultural forms. Chief among them is its museums. There are four that you must visit if you are ever in the area.
1. The first one on the list has to be the Guggenheim. This is a museum housed inside a work of art. Frank Lloyd Wright spent years designing its beautiful spirals. The Guggenheim Museum is the home of many permanent collections. There are also a large number traveling art collections that grace those halls each year. This was not the first building that held the name of philanthropist Solomon R. Guggenheim and an advisor named Hilba Rebay. It was once housed in a building on East 54th Street that was an automobile showroom. It was called the museum of Non-Objective Painting
.2. The Metropolitan Museum of Art has over 2million art works from all over the world. The museum is so large it would take years to traverse each inch of it. Over five million people a year grace its halls. It is the most visited museum in New York and that is because it is simply magnificent. It is the biggest museum in the west at 1.6mil square feet. You can find almost everything in this museum from all cultures.
3. The Museum of Modern Art is the every first museum of its kind. Contemporary art has a home in New York and this is it. The building was made possible by the Rockefeller’s and houses a variety of galleries. The top floor is reserved for the exhibits that are just passing through while the second and third floors hold all of the permanent collections. There are even to theatres that are used for the film and media programs.
4. The American Folk Art Museum is an ode to all that is Americana. The building located between 5th and 6th Avenues. Certain collectors of this beautiful art form have known for a long time that it too should have a showcase. This is not the art of the great masters but of everyday people striving to survive in a new country and the legacy of creativity. It now has taken its rightful place in a museum dedicated to it and the men and women who forged a great nation. There you will find artwork and crafts from as far back in our history as the 18th Century. You will not want to miss all of the beautiful quilts on exhibit.
Quilting was made into art by the pioneers of this land. So the next time you are in New York make it a point to visit at least one of these fabulous museums. take the time to see what all the talk is about.
Pat Lindle is an avid collector of angel figurines. In addition to sculpture, Pat enjoys crafting and collecting vintage glass vases in his spare time.