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Arts & Museums
If you are a person who likes to think out of the ordinary, then this museum should be on your list. American Folk Art Museum houses interesting exhibits that showcase traditional folk art as well as contemporary pieces from self-taught artists. The interesting exhibits range from cultural artwork to unique work done in a variety of medias, in one room you'll see a 19th-century quilt and in the next room view a double-sided painting by Henry Darger. What's more, you can enjoy this all this for free!
The American Museum of Natural History is a popular attraction and one of the largest natural history museums in the world. The museum houses a vast collection of artifacts, displays and exhibits, all geared to reveal secrets of the beautiful natural world. The visit begins with skeletons and live-size replicas of elephants, dinosaurs and other extinct creatures, which welcome you as you enter the main hall. Other points of interest include the Hall of Human Biology and Evolution, the Hall of Meteorites, a vast collection of gemstones, an IMAX theater and the Rose Center for Earth and Space planetarium shows (at extra cost), as well as a research library. The museum offers a number of specially customized public and group tours as well as educational programs and trips, enabling visitors to explore the exhibits in detail. Please note, there are separate entry fees for certain exhibitions and programs, the IMAX theater and shows at the Rose Center for Earth and Space. Please check the website for more details.
Do not worry if you are at a loss for words, it happens regularly here. A trip here will give you a glimpse of how interesting scriptures can be. Get a visual image of familiar Biblical parlance and study the Jewish lifestyle way back when the Son of God split time (BC & AD). And if you do not understand the display, the museum staff will be glad to help you.
Located at the American Museum of Natural History, Rose Center for Earth & Space focuses on all things related to the stars - from our home planet to the most distant galaxies. The fantastic, high-tech architecture actually makes you feel as though you have stepped into the future, perhaps even to a distant planet. The most prominent feature of the Rose Center is the New Hayden Planetarium, but the other exhibits (such as the installations illustrating the scale and age of the universe or the inner workings of the earth) are just as fascinating.
This impressive Fifth Avenue mansion was once the home of coke and steel magnate Henry Clay Frick. It was the Frick family's wish that his art collection remain on display there after his death. Built in 1914, the mansion was made to look much older. The gilded, ornamental décor is the perfect setting for exhibits which include masterpieces by Vermeer, Goya and Rembrandt. Stroll in the tranquility of the beautiful outdoor garden. Please note children under the age of 10 are not permitted in the collection.
This Manhattan museum is housed in a modern building with a resemblance to that of a Tetris game. All aspects of design, and every medium of art, are represented at this impressive museum. Whether it's architecture, interior design, fashion or folk crafts, the collections here encompass much of American object art. The museum also offers a wide range of workshops, programs and tours, giving anyone a chance to join in, whether you're an art student or a casual visitor.
If you're looking to mix fun and learning, the Children's Museum of Manhattan is a great addition to your New York itinerary. A hit among students and kids, the vibrant space plays host to a plethora of exhibitions, activities, performing arts and programs. Ages five and up can sign up for a computer course that lets you use the latest digital imaging technology to create a digital design. For the art-inclined, indulge in creative workshops that push your imagination. In addition, enjoy shows by international performers, geek-out with science displays and get thrilled with the rainforest adventure. Interactive and imaginative learning plays a significant role in a child's overall upbringing. With this philosophy in mind, CMOM has been at the forefront of family development for over three decades.
The Jane Kahan gallery has established a reputation for exhibiting and marketing unusual works by famous artists. Started in 1973, the firm has helped many museums, corporations and private clients round out their collections. They specialize in paintings, prints, sculpture, tapestries, and other works of art by 19th and 20th century European and American masters.Geniuses like Pablo Picasso, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Henri Matisse, Marc Chagall, Alexander Calder, Joan Miro and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec are all presented.
Located in a historic building since 1892, the Arts Students League has nurtured artists for over a century. Offering classes and studio space, the history of the New York art world is ever present here past students, instructors and lecturers have included Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Roy Lichtenstein, Childe Hassam and Georgia O'Keefe. The second floor gallery houses their permanent collection, as well as rotating exhibitions. The concourse exhibits works by League students.
This Arte Primitivo gallery specializes in pre-Columbian art, as well as Classical, Egyptian and Asian antiques. It has been in existence since 1961. The current owner, Howard S. Rose, acquired the space in 1996. He has auctioned over rare pieces of pre-Columbian art since that time. Information on ongoing auctions can be obtained online at the gallery's website, or by calling for a printed catalog. Admission to the gallery is free.
With branches in London and Zurich, the Hause & Wirth branch in New York is not far behind with its impressive gallery space that has hosted some of the art-world's most famous personalities. Contemporary art is well-represented in this sprawling and stylish gallery. A must-visit for sure!
The Whitney Museum of American Art places an emphasis on modern American art. It has grown in popularity in recent years, and thanks to an expansion in 1998, there is now a permanent collection on display. Select pieces are housed in the Leonard and Evelyn Lauder Galleries on the fifth floor, including art by Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keefe and Alexander Calder. The building, designed by Marcel Breueritself, resembles an upside down pyramid and is an extraordinary sight.