A Guide to the Best Museums in New York

New York: an iconic city defined by its contributions to the arts and American history. Although the city doesn’t possess such an extensive history as Paris or London, New York has undoubtedly shaped world culture. Experience New York’s culture by visiting the city’s variety of museums when you stay in the Big Apple with thesqua.re.

Metropolitan Art Museum

Metropolitan Art Museum

Known simply as The Met by locals, the Metropolitan Museum is perhaps the most famous in New York City. Located on the eastern side of Central Park, the Metropolitan Art Museum collections feature Greek, African, Egyptian, Byzantine and Roman galleries in addition collections from both the modern European and American masters. Furthermore, the Metropolitan Art Museum  has a roof garden with stunning views of Central Park and the New York City skyline. Entry is free, but most visitors make a nominal donation.

American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History

Located on the west side of Central Park, the American Museum of Natural History features historical artefacts from the natural world. When you walk into the museum you are greeted by a full-size blue whale suspended in space. But the excitement doesn’t end there: the museum contains artefacts from the Galapagos, South America and countless other exotic locations. Unsurprisingly, at the weekend, the museum becomes incredibly busy. Admission is free, but visitors typically donate a small fee.

Museum of Modern Art

Museum of Modern Art

Known as MoMA, this architecturally daring museum- designed by Yoshio Taniguchi- features one of the most influential exhibitions of modern art in the world. Pollock, Warhol, Picasso, Matisse, Magritte, Cezanne and Van Goch are on display in the museum. In addition to the displays of modern art, MoMA features live performance art throughout the week. During 16:00-20:00 on Friday, entrance is free.

The Cloisters

The Cloisters NYC

Situated in a 1930s built cloisters overlooking the Hudson in Manhattan, The Cloisters features the Met Museum of Art’s Medieval extensive collection. Including statues, tapestries, stained glass and metalwork, The Cloisters are designed to resemble the abbeys of medieval Europe. During the summer months, take the horticultural tour of the herb gardens and sample some exquisite American cuisine at the New Leaf Restaurant. Entrance is free, but the suggested admission is $25.

Frick Collection

Frick Collection

An intimate museum containing works from the European masters, many locals consider the Frick Collection to be the best in New York City. Comparatively quiet in contrast to the larger museums in the city, the Frick Collection was the former home of notorious industrialist Henry Clay Frick. Located in the Upper East Side, many of the paintings have remained unmoved since Frick was alive.

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