New York is one of the most impressive cities in the world, and there are plenty of things to see and visit there. Of course, if you stay only two or three days, you will not have time to visit all those famous museums in the city, but those who stay longer, cannot miss the Guggenheim Museum New York. Located on the 5th Avenue, just across the street of Central Park, in the middle of the Upper East Side, the museum is a must for all of those who like art, and especially contemporary art. Even the building of the museum is a piece of art by itself, with its curved lines and modern look.
If you are ready to visit the museum, you should know the entry ticket costs $25 (which is not cheap), but we bought a New York CityPass, which gave us lower price for six attractions in the city, including the Guggenheim Museum, the Empire State Building, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Statue of Liberty, and many others. So if you are in a visiting mood, the best you can do is to purchase this pass.
Now, once you enter the building, you will be impressed by the grandiosity of the building, its shape and the entire style of the museum. Minimalistic, but very elegant, the Guggenheim Museum New York is the perfect place for any art exhibit. Because of its shape, you will not have problems to see the exhibit in the correct order, and to understand the whole concept.
After you purchase your ticket (make sure you also buy an audio guide – it will help you a lot!), simply take the elevator to the last floor. The exhibits at NYC Guggenheim Museum start at the last floor; you will walk down in spiral to the first floor, admiring the art pieces in the correct order. It helped me a lot to understand the exhibit, especially since I am not a professional when it comes to modern art.
As any other modern art museum, the exhibits at Guggenheim Museum New York change regularly. At the time when we visited it, in September 2012, the museum was hosting a Pablo Picasso exhibit, which gathered most of his paintings, from his starting years, till the last painting.
I was extremely excited to have most of Pablo’s paintings in one place, while the audio guide helped us understand better the artist’s life, and what meaning had for him painting those art pieces at that moment in his life. I think it was one of the exhibits I enjoyed most in New York, and I am sure, no matter what you will see at the Guggenheim Museum New York, you will enjoy for sure.
Tips to visit Guggenheim Museum New York:
- Go to the museum as early as you can in the morning; usually it is crowded around noon, so you want to see it when it is still enjoyable.
- If you plan to visit other museums, buy the New York CityPass, and save a couple of $.
- Students have discounts, so make sure you have a valid ID if you are still in college.
- Every Saturday, from 5.45.to 7.45, the museum is open for “Pay What You Wish”, so it’s probably a good time to visit it if you want to save some money; however, expect it to be crowded.
- Unfortunately, you are not allowed to take pictures of the exhibit.
- Wear comfortable shoes, because you will have to walk a lot.
- Keep in mind the museum is closed on Thursday!
I am sure you will enjoy Guggenheim Museum New York as much as I did! Have fun!