New York Art Museum Guide

Micaela Preble
August 9, 2022

Celebrate some of the finest art and culture in the world, and make a trip to one of New York City’s many art museums. Whether you are looking for a place to explore, learn, or relax, NYC has a museum that can cater to your needs. Plan a hassle-free day with our brief overview of the museums and their offerings.

The Met Cloisters 

99 Margaret Corbin Dr, New York, NY 10040

A view of the Cloisters Museum in Fort Tryon Park in Washington Heights, Manhattan, NYC including the tower and galleries.

Commonly overshadowed by its sister museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Met Cloisters offer a refreshing change of scenery from the bustling city. A visit to the Met Cloisters is a step back in time, where you can walk through the history of medieval Europe and Byzantium through galleries of tapestries and manicured gardens and orchards. 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art 

1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028

Entrance to the Metropolitan museum of art.

Commonly referred to as The Met, the museum advocates the proliferation of art in any form. The Met has positioned itself as a space that showcases noteworthy artworks while also preserving historical and cultural artifacts.

On top of this, as you’ve probably seen on Instagram, an annual Met Gala is spearheaded by Vogue as a fundraising event for the Met’s Costume Institute and is attended by influential art and fashion figures.  

With one of the most expansive archives in the city, the Met offers something for everyone. You can indulge in Hellenistic statues and medieval tapestries as well as the masters of contemporary art. 

Harlem Studio Museum

144 W 125th St, New York, NY 10027

People walking under the murals at the Harlem Studio Museum

The Harlem Studio Museum showcases artists and art galleries that discuss the African diaspora through the work of Africans and artists in the diaspora. Within its art-filled spaces, artists can further their craft, making the museum a public-friendly place and a center of excellence.

The museum also prides itself on its Artist-in-Residence Program. It accepts artists from around the world into the program each year, having them take part in different museum events and providing a platform to showcase their new work. 

The Frick Collection

1 E 70th St, New York, NY 10021

The Frick Collection Museum of art mansion on the edge of Central Park on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan New York City USA

The Frick Collection is a museum that offers the grandeur of European paintings and decorative art.

The Frick contains ornamental items and works of European art that relate to Europe’s early creative styles, such as Rococo and Baroque. The museum also features a collection of delicate and historical artifacts important to Europe’s history and culture. 

In addition to this, the museum is well-known for its collection of master artists’ works. Including works by French master Fragonard and Modernist William Turner.  While the Frick collection’s on-display products would attract anyone who wishes to escape the bustling atmosphere of New York City, it is important to note that the collection’s primary building is undergoing renovations. So the majority of the collection can be visited at the Madison avenue satellite at 945 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10021.

The Brooklyn Museum

200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Cherry trees in full bloom on the lawn in front of the Brooklyn Museum in Brooklyn, NY

The Brooklyn Museum is best known for its extensive range of collections. It routinely presents various, innovative exhibitions ranging from Warhol to KAWS, and features artists spanning through the years.

Seated on the edge of beautiful Prospect Park, The Brooklyn Museum is a place where history and culture intersect and is a wonderful place to spend your day.

The Guggenheim

1071 5th Ave, New York, NY 10128

The Guggenheim Museum under the midday sun.

The Guggenheim Museum is one of the world’s most well-known museums. It is a 20th-century architectural masterpiece by Frank Lloyd Wright and is a marvel both inside and out. 

It is home to some of the world’s best contemporary art and stages some of the most daring and astonishing art exhibitions, with featured artists ranging from Wassily Kandinsky to Hilma AF Klimt. Many art collectors and enthusiasts who want to learn more about some of the world’s most famous artists have made it their top destination.

Museum of Modern Art 

 11 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019

A woman walking in front of the Museum of Modern Art Design.

A singular destination for your art needs, that’s the Museum of Modern Art (aka the MoMA) for you.  It’s the playground of art lovers with the very best to offer in modern and contemporary art. 

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has been making waves worldwide with its cutting-edge presentations of art. With the highly marketable, iconic names of some of MoMA’s masterpieces, people can expect to gain meaningful connections through the art featured like gazing into Van Gogh’s Starry Night or being immersed in Matisse’s Red Studio. 

MoMA PS1

 22-25 Jackson Avenue Long Island City Queens, NY 11101

View of the exterior of the P.S.1 in Queens: MoMA PS1 is one of the largest art institutions in the United States dedicated solely to contemporary art.

Exemplifying resilience, the Museum of the Modern Art (MoMA) Public School One (PS1) successfully surpassed challenging times after facing difficulties during the first wave of Covid-19. The museum had pushed forward and continues operations as a crown jewel of Long Island City.  It can be considered MoMA’s younger sibling, but do not judge it for its size. Though MoMA PS1 is a smaller version of the latter, it’s certainly not short of valuable offerings to its visitors.

The museum serves as a stage for the artists that make New York such a diverse and creative city while also providing a bridge to the international Contemporary Art scene.  


Micaela Preble
Micaela is an NYC-based art content writer covering art investing, art news, and art historical content. Micaela graduated from Georgia Southern University in 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History with a minor in communication arts. During her time at GSU she was a member of The Design Group (DG) and Student Art League (SAL) while also actively participating in curating and volunteering at the Center for Art and Theatre.