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Founded in 1904 at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, the Jewish Museum is now one of the world's premier centers for Jewish heritage and culture. Housed in a former mansion on Museum Mile, the collection is impressive; it includes over 280,00 objects, from sculpture and paintings to photographs and archaeological artifacts. Rotating exhibits usually focus on a specific Jewish artist or a period of Jewish history.
Any visitor to the Big Apple should spend at least a couple of hours at this The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Designed by Richard Morris Hunt, it has more than 1.5 million square feet (139,355 square meters) of exhibition space. European paintings on display include works by Monet, Degas, Van Gogh, Cézanne, Titian and Vermeer. The Egyptian gallery is unparalleled, while Asian art, sculpture, armory, and photography galleries also vie for your attention. During warm weather, the open-air roof garden displays contemporary sculptures. Apart from being a treasure trove for art lovers, this museum provides a fun-filled and educational experience for all ages.
This museum first opened to the public in a schoolroom in 1969 to promote a wider knowledge of artists from the Caribbean and Latin-America. Located on 5th Avenue just overlooking the Central Park, the Barrio Museum has the distinction of being the only Latin American museum in the Northeastern United States. Its permanent collection, with an emphasis on the autochthonous peoples in the Americas, is composed of over 8000 paintings, prints, drawings, photos and sculptures. Through rotating exhibits and outreach programs, their mission is to educate and promote Latin American art and cultural heritage.
This museum was founded in 1901 by a group of American illustrators, including the likes of Maxfield Parrish and Frederic Remington to promote the art of illustration. The place hosts on-site exhibitions and traveling shows of both past and present subjects, and their permanent collection is open to the public; it includes works by N.C. Wyeth and Norman Rockefeller. The Norman Price Library also hosts a large collection of works relating to the art of illustration, and there is a museum shop. Be sure to check out the annual exhibition, which awards prizes to innovative artists each spring.
If you are a person who likes to think out of the ordinary, then this museum should be on your list. American Folk Art Museum houses interesting exhibits that showcase traditional folk art as well as contemporary pieces from self-taught artists. The interesting exhibits range from cultural artwork to unique work done in a variety of medias, in one room you'll see a 19th-century quilt and in the next room view a double-sided painting by Henry Darger. What's more, you can enjoy this all this for free!
The museum houses around 200 paintings from the collection of Russian-born artist Nicholas Roerich to whom the museum is dedicated. The paintings are mostly depictions of nature scenes from the Himalayas The museum also hosts a number of cultural events throughout the year featuring concerts up-and-coming musicians and poetry readings.
This Manhattan museum is housed in a modern building with a resemblance to that of a Tetris game. All aspects of design, and every medium of art, are represented at this impressive museum. Whether it's architecture, interior design, fashion or folk crafts, the collections here encompass much of American object art. The museum also offers a wide range of workshops, programs and tours, giving anyone a chance to join in, whether you're an art student or a casual visitor.