Museums in the Big Apple

Best Of New York. Sep 14th 22

What To See And Do In The Big Apple

When it comes to museums, New York may consider itself fortunate; the city is home to some of the largest art collections in the world, with an ever-changing array of shows that excite both visitors and regulars.

However, organizing a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA (the Museum of Modern Art), or even the Museum of the City of New York, which houses a vast collection of images that chronicle NYC through the ages, can be overwhelming.

This is why participating on a tour led by one of the museum's knowledgeable docents or even attending a lecture may significantly enhance the experience.

There are five free audio tours available at MoMa, two of which are tailored specifically for children and those with visual impairments. Plan your visit around one of the daily discussions with museum lecturers, educators, graduate students, and curators if you want to learn even more about the outstanding modern art pieces housed at this top-notch museum.

Over five city blocks make up The Metropolitan Museum of Art, or "The Met." You could spend a week just touring the Met alone because it has more than 2 million pieces of art from all over the world and throughout history.

The Met offers free guided tours every day in addition to a variety of audio guides (such as the Director's Tour, which helps visitors explore many of the masterpieces in the encyclopedic collection of world art held by the Met, and the "Investigations: Art, Conservation, and Science" tour, which provides a detailed look at artists' materials and techniques).

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There are numerous tours available each day, ranging from "Museum Highlights" and "Arts of Ancient Egypt" to "Fashion in Art" and "Impressionism."

The one-hour tours are given in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish by trained volunteers. The Great Hall is where tours leave from. At the information desks, request further information about the schedule.

The Met's Cloisters division showcases the artwork and construction of medieval Europe. (Located in Upper Manhattan, the grounds and structures alone make the trip worthwhile; the building was constructed using architectural components from the 12th to the 15th centuries.)

The Cloisters audio tour features discussions with curators, conservators, and educators in addition to medieval music to establish the mood in its picturesque gardens with a perspective of the Hudson River.

Your admission to the Metropolitan Museum of Art includes access to the Cloi sters. For a day of ancient and modern art enjoyment, visit one in the morning and the other in the afternoon.

The Museum of the City of New York, the only museum in NYC devoted to portraying life in the Big Apple, looks at almost every facet of city life, from urban planning and sports to art and architecture.

A wide variety of lectures, movie screenings, and family workshops are available on the MCNY calendar, many of which are free with general admission. Free curator-led gallery tours provide even more information about the history and culture of this amazing city.

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