New York City

 

Culture and Arts

 

Museums

 

Museum of Modern Art:    
One of the most important collections of art from the 19th and 20th centuries in the world. The exhibition comprises a sculpture garden and an overview of significant architecture. MOMA is located between 53rd and 54th Street, Fifth Avenue and Avenue of the Americas in a building that was recently  extended and now offers some 60.000 mē of exhibition space, roughly twice as much as before. On display are works by a number of world famous artists, for example the famous “Campbell’s Soup Cans” picture by Andy Warhol. The museum however is not only exhibtion space, but also functions as a scientific center for contemporary art and maintains an archive with personal notes taken by artists and a library containing more than 300.000 volumes.
Closed on Tuesday. Open Saturday-Monday and Wednesday-Thursday 10:30 am-5:30 pm, Friday 10:30 am -8 pm
 

Metropolitan Museum of Art:  
The world’s third-largest art museum is located on the Eastern edge of Central Park at Fifth Avenue, at the so-called Museum Mile. Founded in 1870, the museum now has about two million exhibits in its possession, covering 17 topics, approximately 100.000 are permanently on display. The museum’s bandwith stretches from Ancient art to the present and covers all regions of the world. Two libraries, one of which owning some 900.000 volumes, also are parts of the museum.
Another part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art is The Cloisters, a reconstruction of a medieval cloister in the North of Manhattan. In this branch, the museum display clerical art and architecture. 
Closed Mondays. Open Sunday and Tuesday-Thursday 9:30 am-5:30 pm, Fridays and Saturdays 9:30 am-9 pm


Guggenheim Museum:     
Solomon R. Guggenheim’s private collection of paintings encompasses, among others, the world’s largest collection of works by Vassily Kandinsky, masterpieces by van Gogh and Gauguin as well as 32 works by Picasso. The Guggenheim is located at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 89th Street at Central Park East. Almost equally famous as the collections is the museum building itself. On the inside of famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s round building is a continuous spiral on which visitors are guided through one single exhibition hall.
Closed Thursdays, Open Fridays 10 am-8 pm, Saturday-Wednesday 10 am-5:45 pm


American Museum of Natural History:     
With a history going back to 1869 and located West of Central Park, the Museum of Natural History is home to a giant collection of artifacts on natural history. Altogether, the museum has 45 permanent exhibition halls in 27 buildings which are connected to one another. Also parts of the museum are the Hayden Planetarium and the Discovery Room, where kids can conduct their own experiments as well as the new Rose Center for Earth and Space.
Open daily 10 am-5:45 pm, Fridays 10 am-8:45 pm.

 

 

Performing Arts

 

Lincoln Center of the Performing Arts:    
Lincoln Center, located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, is the world’s largest center for Performing Arts with almost 30 facilities. Among others, the complex is home to the stages of the New York City Opera, New York City Ballett and the New York State Theater. It also hosts the concert hall of the New Yorker Philharmonic (at Avery Fisher Hall) and the Metropolitan Opera. In addition, Lincoln Center hosts drama schools and further stages, some of which are outdoors. The complex was opened in 1962 and has undergone several modernization and extension waves since then.


Broadway:    
The world’s most famous address for theatres stretches over a length of some 20 miles from the South of Manhattans up to the Bronx and is the oldest North-South avenue of the city. The highest theatre density can be found around Times Square, where Broadway intersects Seventh Avenue and 42nd Street and which is commonly referred to as Theater District. Here, some classic Broadway shows seem to be on endless runs, while many smaller stages produce the bestsellers of tomorrow. Read more here...


 

 

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