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The Metropolitan Museum of Art

With a permanent collection numbering over two million individual works of art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, or simply the Met, is not only a New York City landmark, it is the United States' largest art museum and the fifth-most visited museum of any kind in the world. Designed by Richard Morris Hunt, the museum encompasses more than 1.5 million square feet (139,355 square meters) of exhibition space. European paintings on display include those by world-renown masters like Monet, Degas, Van Gogh, Cézanne, Titian, and Vermeer. The vast collection has been split between several galleries, arranged by geographic origin and other thematic schemes. The Egyptian art gallery is especially enticing, as are the Met's repositories of Asian, African and Medieval art. Others include Islamic, Roman, and Greek art, the Arms and Armory section, the Costume Institute, and European Decorative arts. When weather permits, contemporary sculptures are displayed at the open-air roof garden. Apart from being a treasure trove for art lovers, The Metropolitan Museum of Art offers a fun-filled and educational experience for all ages.

MoMA (Museum of Modern Art)

This powerhouse in the modern art world doubles as one of the best-known museums on the globe. Its galleries burst with intriguing exhibits showcasing mediums ranging from painting and drawing to print and illustration. Photography fans will also find a lot to love at the MoMA (Museum of Modern Art). Classic artworks closely associated with the museum include Andy Warhol's Marilyn Monroe and Pablo Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon. Should your appetite for food begin to compete with your appetite for art, there is a charming restaurant on site, as well as a gift shop to browse on your way out.

Whitney Museum of American Art

The Whitney Museum of American Art places an emphasis on modern American art. It has grown in popularity in recent years, and thanks to an expansion in 1998, there is now a permanent collection on display. Select pieces are housed in the Leonard and Evelyn Lauder Galleries on the fifth floor, including art by Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keefe and Alexander Calder. The building, designed by Marcel Breueritself, resembles an upside down pyramid and is an extraordinary sight.

Ground Zero Museum Workshop

The Ground Zero Museum Workshop was established in 2005 by Gary Marlon Suson to commemorate the memories of those who lost their lives in the 9/11 tragedy, and also honors those who helped rebuild the site. Marlon Suson was the official photographer at that time and remained at the site to record the recovery process. The museum houses his collection and documentaries on the tragedy as well as remnants from the site. Lucky visitors can even have Mr. Suson himself recounting his experience. This museum, which is open daily, is a true memorial to the innocent lives lost, making it a must visit. Advance reservations are required.

The Jewish Museum

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.

New Museum

New York is one of the most culturally and artistically vibrant cities in the world. The art scene here is one that is unique and unrivaled in its glamor and flamboyance, and several art galleries and museums keep NY at the cutting edge. The New Museum of contemporary art focuses primarily on "new art and new ideas." The artists featured here are modern and unpredictable, with displays designed to enthrall and intrigue. The museum also has a store where you can find books, CDs, DVDs, gifts and more on contemporary art.

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