Museum Mile and More

New York, New York Guide (A): Museum Mile and More

Officially comprised of eight museums, Museum Mile of NYC claims the stretch of street on Fifth Avenue between 82nd and 105th. This guide is an overview of the core museums plus two extras just off the main route. Here, you’ll find millions of artifacts, paintings, and cultural treasures. Together, the “Museum Mile and More” will guide you down the streets of Manhattan and through the doors of history.
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Guide Name: Museum Mile and More
Guide Location: USA » New York
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (A))
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 5.0 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Sight(s) featured in this guide: The Frick Collection   Whitney Museum of American Art   Metropolitan Museum of Art   Neue Galerie   Guggenheim Museum   National Academy of Design   Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum   The Jewish Museum   Museum of the City of New York   El Museo del Barrio  
Author: Melissa Ruttanai
Author Bio: Melissa Ruttanai is an avid traveler and freelance writer. She's visited over 25 countries and has lived in both Japan and Thailand.
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The Frick Collection

1) The Frick Collection

Open to the public since 1935, the residence of Henry Clay Frick will amaze you with its turn of the 20th century opulence. A millionaire by 30, Henry Frick was known for aggressive business tactics and heavy-handed dealings in the steel industry. However in his New York City mansion, you can see his softer side. The house is maintained much as it was in the late 1800’s with vestibules, garden court, music room, dining room, and library. Works from Degas and Goya adorn the walls alongside 3...
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Whitney Museum of American Art

2) Whitney Museum of American Art

With over 18,000 works of art, the Whitney Museum of American Art rotates its regular collection often. If you visit in the fall and come back in winter, you may feel as if you’re in a completely different gallery. Exhibits represent America from inception through the Great Depression up to the contemporary. Tours invite groups to sit and relax as they discuss pieces such as “Poker Night” a scene from A Streetcar Named Desire or George Bellows’ sports illustration of the prizefighters...
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Metropolitan Museum of Art

3) Metropolitan Museum of Art

Choose a period over the past 5000 years and go! The Metropolitan Museum of Art houses over 2 million objects organized into halls and wings including: the American Wing, Arms & Armor, Egyptian Art, Greek and Roman Art, Africa and Oceania, Japanese Art, Southeast Asian Art, the Sculpture Court, and Medieval Art. When you need a break, take a rest at the Court Cafe and Wine Bar or the Roof Garden Café. Stop at the information desk within the Great Hall for details about youth programs,...
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Neue Galerie

4) Neue Galerie

Aimed at bringing Germanic culture to an American audience, Neue Galerie focuses on the progressive expressions during the turn of the 20th century in Austrian and German art. Opened in 2001, the museum houses important works that “bring a sense of perspective back to the Germanic culture of this period” in the fine arts, decorative arts, and architecture. Notable works include Gustav Klimt’s 1907 Adele Bloch-Bauer I, a masterpiece in gold and silver raised relief; and Alfred Kubin’s the...
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Guggenheim Museum

5) Guggenheim Museum

Financially supported by Solomon Guggenheim and artistically driven by Hilla Rebay, the Guggenheim Museum opened in 1959 with an impassioned dedication to modern and contemporary art. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the great rotunda is art housing art. Every three months, curators rotate exhibits within these spiraling curves, surrounding their themed showcases with both motion and emotion. The museum boasts the largest collection of Vasily Kandinsky’s work as well as an impressive permanent...
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National Academy of Design

6) National Academy of Design

Opened in 1825, the National Academy of Design is a museum, art school, and an association of artists and architects. With over 7000 works in its collection, the museum focuses on “living history” through instruction and exhibition. They exhibit paintings, prints, drawings, and sculptures from the 1800’s to present with a strong focus on showcasing recent works of living artists in their annual invitational. This museum ties together the past and the present in order to challenge the...
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Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum

7) Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum

Here, they pose the question: What is Design? In a mansion formerly owned by Andrew Carnegie, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum houses over 250,000 works of art that are meticulously cared for and exhibited to reflect the innovation of modern design. Drawings, paintings, graphic design, wall coverings, and textiles attempt to answer this question while more futuristic objects such as solar panels and polymer sculptures interject other possibilities. Currently rooms are arranged by themes...
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The Jewish Museum

8) The Jewish Museum

Located in a mansion fashioned in the French Gothic chateau-style, the Jewish Museum opened in 1947 and is devoted to Jewish culture and history. With more than 26,000 objects, the collection is one of the largest in the world. Paintings, sculptures, photographs, archaeological artifacts, ceremonial pieces, and media materials chronicle the different eras within Jewish history both ancient and modern. Temporary exhibits are interdisciplinary and rotated regularly. On the top floor, free audio...
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Museum of the City of New York

9) Museum of the City of New York

New York City is diverse, metropolitan and dynamic; and with over 1.5 million works of art, the Museum of the City of New York takes on the responsibility of representing its history, heritage, and future. The permanent collection includes decorative art, print and photography of the city and paintings and sculptures from New York artists. Additionally, the museum houses many objects unique to the city, including a Broadway collection with costumes, sets, and play scripts; a toy collection with...
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El Museo del Barrio

10) El Museo del Barrio

Over 40 years old, El Museo del Barrio began as a small classroom showcasing Puerto Rican artists. Unlike many museums that are funded by wealthy patrons, the local community created the impetus for the museum as a call for social justice in the 60’s and 70’s. Now with 6,500 pieces in its collection, the museum is a “testament to all Latinos who’ve paved the way for others in New York” says the Director of Education and Public Programs, Gonzalo Casals. Focusing on the Latino experience...

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