If you are preparing your trip to New York, you are bound to hesitate in front of the large number of museums to visit. To help you make your choice, here is a list of the 5 must-see museums in New York:
1/ The Metropolitan Museum
The Metropolitan Museum, or MET for insiders, is undoubtedly THE must-visit museum in New York. It is also the most visited museum in New York! In a survey, 84% of fans of our Destination New York Facebook group put it on the list of museums to see in New York. For Aurélie Charrier, the choice is even made “without hesitation”.
Egypt and ancient Greece to 18th century American painting, passing through armor from the Middle Ages or paintings signed by the great names of French Impressionism.
2/ The Natural History Museum
The American Museum of Natural History, or American Museum of Natural History, takes second place in the ranking by winning 64% of the votes.
Placed on 8th Avenue, facing Central Park, this museum presents a breathtaking collection, with stuffed animals from America and around the world, dinosaur bones and even precious stones.
More information on our page dedicated to the New York Museum of Natural History .
3/ The Museum of Modern Art
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA for short) is on 53rd Street between 5th and 6th Avenue, a short walk from Rockefeller Center and St. Patrick’s Cathedral . And as its name suggests, it is dedicated exclusively to modern art. The tone is set from the entrance hall with a helicopter suspended from the ceiling. The permanent collections display the big names in the genre, starting with Andy Warhol. Among the treasures of the museum, you will also discover the famous soft watches signed Dali or the Demoiselles d’Avignon by Picasso.
More information on our page dedicated to MoMA in New York .
4/ The Guggenheim Museum
Placed on Fifth Avenue, not far from the Metropolitan Museum, the Guggenheim Museum is worth the detour for both the content and the container.
The building’s avant-garde architecture alone is indeed worth a visit, even if you don’t visit afterwards. You can also freely enter the atrium and appreciate the museum’s spiral staircase and its glass roof from the inside.
Then, you will be able to discover a personal collection, patiently put together by Solomon R. Guggenheim, a wealthy heir to a mining family, from 1890 to his death in 1949. And the man knew how to surround himself since finds big names like Picasso, Cézanne or Van Gogh.
More information on our page dedicated to the Guggenheim Museum .
5/ The museum of September 11, 2001
The museum is located where the old towers of the World Trade Center stood , before their destruction on September 11, 2001. The museum is in fact entirely built underground and the exhibition halls occupy the exact location of the foundations of the twin towers. In addition to a chronology of events, you will be able to see a host of documents, personal objects and vestiges, in particular a fire truck found under the rubble or the remains of the antenna which sat enthroned at the top of the North tower. A particularly moving visit.
More information on our page dedicated to the National September 11 Museum .