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Arts et Musées
Set sail with Captain Jack Sparrow, audition for Simon Cowell and dance with Beyonce! Madame Tussauds takes you beyond your wildest dreams and makes you the star of the show! The life-like wax statues crafted by the experts at the museums will have you questioning if you're actually photographing just a statue. Sing, dance and mingle with over 200 wax celebrities in a 85,000 square feet (7896.76 square meters) space of interactive entertainment located in the heart of Times Square.
When it comes to bizarre, Ripley's Believe It or Not!, located in Times Square, needs no introduction. The widely popular museum, fittingly called the "Odditorium", houses some of the strangest artifacts and oddities you'll ever come across. From unexplained ancient relics to strange modern day wonders, the objects on display are bound to intrigue one and all. Apart from the artifacts, the museum also hosts a number of live performances featuring magicians, sword eaters and other quirky performers with the common theme being strange. Visitors can browse the museum at a leisurely pace to observe the close to 500 artifacts on display. The Odd Shop located within the museum is a great place for souvenirs.
Discovery Times Square carries the baton of the Discovery group that works towards giving you great experiences. With a rotating group of exhibitions related to history, science, astronomy, entertainment and more, visitors will love being immersed in the fascinating displays. Past exhibits have delved into the topics of King Tut, Leonardo da Vinci, the Titanic, Pompei, even Harry Potter! Discovery Times Square truly has something for everyone.
The International Center of Photography (ICP) was founded by photojournalist Cornell Capa in 1974. Now located on a dynamic two-part campus in midtown Manhattan, it stands amongst the nation's foremost museums dedicated to preserving the past and ensuring the future of art photography. With approximately 15 exhibitions each year, ICP presents an extensive array of historical and contemporary images by some of the most talented photographers in the world. The School of the International Center of Photography fosters study of the history, techniques, aesthetics and practices of photography in a wide range of programs. Check website for more details.
Displaying an extensive collection of locks and vaults used around the world, John M. Mossman Lock Collection is sure to impress you. The exhibits include samples from 4000 BC to the 20th Century. Among these are more than 370 locks, keys and other special tools required for locking. Also on display are rare made-to-order locks, and almost all these locks have been known to preserve money behind their doors and safes. Open for visits, the museum's collection belongs to John M. Mossman, who had also written 'Lure of the Lock' a well-researched book on the history and mechanisms of locks.
Garrett Studio at The Barrow Group Theater Company is an out and out surreal world of paintings that have a nihilistic edge to them. You pick any painting here, and you would be able to draw an immediate aggressive hint to it. Though not everybody likes such strong and bold paintings, some, who do like them are staunch patrons indeed! Paying a visit here would be a great idea. Check website or call them for more details on current and upcoming events.
With three locations in New York City alone, Christie's is an international auction hours that still reigns as one of the largest and best in the world. Originally conceived solely as a fine art auction house, the company was started by James Christie in London in 1766. Though fine art still reigns here, more than 80 different categories are now included in its roster including books, cars, wine, furniture and jewelry. The house is open for free auction estimates by appointment.
The building housing the Pierpont Morgan Library Museum and research facility was constructed by J.P. Morgan Sr., who was one of the richest men in the country. It opened to the public in 1924, and much later the adjacent private home of J. Pierpont Morgan Jr. was absorbed by the museum. A national landmark, the exhibition room showcases rare manuscripts and books - a grand variety of works by musicians, writers, artists and more, including Bach, Hemingway and Rembrandt. The extent of the collection could overwhelm, except that Morgan only shows off the right amount of wares from the permanent collection, enticing one to come back for more. Visiting the study where J.P. Morgan spent much of his time is a must, along with the expansive library across the grandiose marble hall. Differing programs are offered year round, plus there’s a small cafe, garden court, dining room and extensive gift shop.
William S. Paley played a significant role in shaping radio and television broadcasting in the 20th Century. The Paley Center for Media is at the forefront of the ever-evolving global media and examines its effect on society. They are curators of over 150,000 television shows, radio productions and commercials, as well as key events in history like Neil Armstrong’s voice clip from the moon. Listen to radio programs from back in the day or watch re-runs of I Love Lucy, a feat that promises a nostalgic experience for entertainment history buffs and television junkies. Visitors can also glance through their collection on their online database.
The Ronin Gallery gallery specializes in Japanese art from the 17th through the 20th centuries, and there is a large collection on view. The discerning buyer and the shrewd investor will find the traditional woodblock prints especially interesting.These include inspirational landscapes and timeless character studies taken from village life and kabuki theater performances centuries ago.Hiroshige,Utamaro and Kuniyoshi are only three of the highly esteemed classical artists whose works in this medium are on display.
An entity that ensures the preservation and promotion of contemporary Scandinavian arts and culture, the Scandinavia House is a respectable name in the Nordic community. Home to the American-Scandinavian Foundation, or ASF, this venue is where the various programs of this foundation are hosted. Among the programs, one finds concerts, book readings, art shows, lectures, and much more. Also, Scandinavia House is where one can relish the delights offered by the Smorgas Chef cafe. See the website or call to know more.