5 Art Museums You Must Visit in NYC

Inspiration can be found anywhere in the streets of New York City. But what is a better way to be inspired to create art than to check out what masterpieces have been created by other artists?

We did research to discover the coolest art museums in New York City. Here’s a list of art museums you should definitely check out in the city!

1. The Frick Collection
1 East 70th Street, Manhattan

Not only is the Frick Collection located conveniently on the Upper East Side (right near Kids at Art), but it is the industrialist Henry Clay Frick’s former residence from the early 1900’s on Fifth Avenue. The museum opened in 1935 and has continued to acquire masterpieces by artists such as Bellini, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Gainsborough, Goya, and Whistler, since Mr. Frick’s death.

2. The Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan

The Jewish Museum of New York is the leading Jewish museum in the United States. This museum features over 26,000 pieces of art and cultural artifacts, including paintings, sculpture, archaeological artifacts, and Jewish ceremonial art. The collections include objects from all eras, from ancient to modern, and in all media, gathered from ever area of the world where Jews have had a presence.

3. The Drawing Center
137 Greene Street, Manhattan

The Drawing Center, which was established in 1977 by curator Martha Beck, was established to provide opportunities for emerging and under-recognized artists. It’s galleries have encompassed a wide range of both acknowledged and under-recognized masters, including Michelangelo, and Marcel Duchamp. In addition to the two and a half floors of galleries, there is also the Drawing Room, which was opened across the street in 1997 and houses the works of artists who are encouraged to create experimental installations.

4. The Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35th Avenue, Manhattan

The Museum of Moving Image showcases the technology of film by providing access to moving-image related artifacts via multimedia exhibitions and educational programming. Not only does this museum have over 400 film screenings that vary from silent films to restored prints, but it gives visitors an inside-look at the creative process by offering over 1,400 artifacts, including nineteenth-century optical toys, video games, and interactive experiences.

5. The Museum at FIT
7th Avenue, 27th Street, Manhattan

The Museum at FIT is a free museum that has over 100,000 visitors a year. Founded in 1969, this museum was first known then as the Design Laboratory and began presenting exhibitions in the 1970s. The Museum’s permanent collection now includes more than 50,000 garments and accessories from the 18th century to the present, featuring designers such a Balenciaga, Chanel, and Dior. A few of the highlighted past exhibitions include London Fashion and Eco-Fashion: Going Green.

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