Best Museums in NYC

Discover the Best Museums in New York

From Modern Art to Historical Treasures, to Broadway artifacts and storied history

New York City is a treasure trove of cultural institutions, offering some of the world's best museums. Whether you’re an art enthusiast, history buff, or just looking to explore, here are some of the best museums in NYC to explore during your visit to the city. 

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

Located just a short walk from Times Square, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is a beacon for modern and contemporary art lovers. With an extensive collection that includes works by Van Gogh, Picasso, Warhol, and Matisse, MoMA offers a deep dive into the transformative periods of art from the late 19th century to the present day. Highlights include Van Gogh’s The Starry Night, Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans, and an array of rotating exhibitions. 

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met)

A cornerstone of the New York art scene, The Met is located on Fifth Avenue and is one of the largest and most comprehensive art museums in the world. Its collections span 5,000 years, featuring everything from ancient Egyptian artifacts and classical sculptures to Renaissance paintings and contemporary art. The Met also offers special exhibitions, educational programs, and the stunning rooftop garden with views of Central Park. 

American Museum of Natural History

Situated on the Upper West Side, just across from Central Park, the American Museum of Natural History is a must-visit for all ages. Its exhibits cover a wide range of subjects, from the towering dinosaur skeletons in the Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs to the immersive dioramas in the Hall of African Mammals. Don’t miss the Hayden Planetarium, directed by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

The Museum of Broadway

The newly-opened Museum of Broadway offers an immersive journey through the history of Broadway theater, and is walking distance from the Moderne Hotel. Celebrate groundbreaking moments in Broadway’s history through interactive exhibits and installations designed by top visual artists and theater historians. Visitors can explore the timeline of Broadway, learn about iconic musicals, and get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a Broadway show. 

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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Designed by the legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the Guggenheim Museum is an architectural marvel and home to a world-class collection of modern and contemporary art. The spiral design of the building enhances the viewing experience of works by Kandinsky, Mondrian, and Picasso, among others. The museum also hosts special exhibitions and educational programs. 

Whitney Museum of American Art

Located in the Meatpacking District, the Whitney Museum focuses on 20th- and 21st-century American art. Its collection includes works by Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Jeff Koons. The museum’s innovative exhibitions and programs are complemented by stunning views of the city from its outdoor terraces. 

The Frick Collection

Housed in the historic mansion of Henry Clay Frick on Fifth Avenue, The Frick Collection offers an intimate setting for viewing European masterpieces. The collection includes works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Goya, along with exquisite furniture and decorative arts. The museum is currently operating out of Frick Madison during renovations. 

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Located on the Hudson River, the Intrepid Museum is housed on the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid. It features an impressive collection of military aircraft, the space shuttle Enterprise, and a Concorde. Interactive exhibits and simulators make it a dynamic educational experience. 

New York City’s museums offer a rich tapestry of cultural experiences, each providing unique insights into art, history, and science. Stay close to all the action of NYC when you book your hotel stay at the Moderne Hotel-- save on your stay with our seasonal offers and plan your visit today.