The museums mile of New York

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East of Central Park are in just one mile practically all the best museums in New York. This route will take us from the Guggenheim museum to Frick Collection, in the area that is called Mile of the Museums, to finish taking a short walk to see the last jewel of this walk, the MoMA, right next to Rockefeller Center.

We started at the Central Park Reservoir

The route is going to start at E91 street, at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir in Central Park, the largest lake in Central Park and it is convenient to get close to see before starting to walk.

The National Museum of Design Cooper-Hewitt, assigned to the Smithsonian museums, and which is focused on design, both old and current.

Next museum: The Guggenheim

We started walking and went down to E88th street, where the Guggenheim museum, that after its restoration now shines a beautiful splendor. The Guggenheim Museum building is one of the masterpieces of Frank Lloyd Wright, a famous American architect and considered one of the main masters of twentieth century architecture.

The Guggenheim is mainly focused on modern art, with an interesting private collection of paintings and sculptures, although the best known of this museum is possibly the building that houses it, which is a masterpiece by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Another spectacular museum: The Met

Then we continue down the street, and on the other side is the Metropolitan Museum, also known as the Met, probably the best museum in New York and one of the best in the world. His collection of paintings is well known and spectacular, with paintings by Picasso, Raphael, Titian, El Greco, Rembrandt, Velázquez ... although his collections of Egyptian or medieval art are not far behind and the views of Central Park and Manhattan from his Terrace in summer are spectacular.

Entrance to the Metropolitan Museum
Entrance to the Metropolitan Museum

An unknown museum: The Frick collection

If we go from Fifth Avenue to Madison Avenue, just at the corner of 75th Street we find the building that once occupied the Whitney Museum of American Art. The 1 of May of 2015 the Whitney Museum has moved to its new location in 99 Gansevoort Street, right in the beginning of the High Line, and there you will find all type of American art of century XX with works of for example Edward Hopper or Andy Warhol, .. Instead, the museum opens Met Breuer, which allows to expand the collection of modern art from the nearby Met and which focuses on 20th and 21st century artists and temporary exhibitions. The entry for the Met Breuer is valid for the Met and vice versa for three days.

Returning to Fifth Avenue, if we continue down the street we find another museum in the vicinity, the Frick Collection, a real gem located in a palace on the E70th street and containing some masterpieces of European painters such as Vermeer, Tiziano, Goya or Velázquez.

We finish at the MoMA

To finish this route, going down seventeen streets we will reach the Museum of Modern Art, better known as MoMA, located on 53rd Street and whose collection is divided in two between its exhibition of modern art, with an abundant collection of works by artists such as Picasso, Chagall, Kandinsky, Mondrian, Matisse or Rodin, and its exhibition of architecture and modern design, very interesting too.

Entry to MoMA
Entry to MoMA

Other recommended museums

For those who have been wanting to see another museum in New York, I can only recommend two others:

  • Museum of Natural History: Located opposite the Met, it has a spectacular collection of fossils of prehistoric animals and recreation of the habitat of the stuffed animals is very successful.
  • Museum of the American Indian: Located on the other side of New York, right next to Bowling Green and Wall Street, and that explains the previous life of the Native Americans in New York.
Interior of the Natural History Museum
Interior of the Natural History Museum

To conclude, indicate that most museums in New York close on Mondays, so it is convenient to do this route any other day of the week.

Map of the Museum Mile

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