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9/11 Museum
The National September 11 Memorial Museum will serve as the country’s principal institution for examining the implications of the events of 9/11, documenting the impact of those events and exploring the continuing significance of September 11, 2001. The Museum’s 110,000 square feet of exhibition space is located within the archaeological heart of the World Trade Center site-telling the story of 9/11 through multimedia displays, archives, narratives and a collection of monumental and authentic artifacts. The lives of every victim of the 2001 and 1993 attacks will be commemorated as visitors have the opportunity to learn about the men, women, and children who died. The monumental artifacts of the Museum provide a link to the events of 9/11, while presenting intimate stories of loss, compassion, reckoning, and recovery that are central to telling the story of the attacks and the a
AIA Center For Architecture
"The Center for Architecture is a destination for all interested in the built environment." Rotating exhibits, open to the public. Through exhibitions, programs, and special events, the Center aims to improve the quality and sustainability of the built environment, foster exchange between the design, construction, and real estate communities, and encourage collaborations across the city and globe. The Center for Architecture annually hosts 1000 day-time and evening programs that cover subjects related to architecture, planning, and design. Conferences, symposia, lectures, film screenings, and off-site tours provide a variety of opportunities for professionals and design enthusiasts to discuss ideas, themes, and projects.Since opening in 2003, we have partnered with city agencies, non-profit organizations, cultural institutions, and private companies to create programs that attract di
American Folk Art Museum
"The American Folk Art Museum is the premier institution devoted to the aesthetic appreciation of traditional folk art and creative expressions of contemporary self-taught artists from the United States and abroad. The museum preserves, conserves, and interprets a comprehensive collection of the highest quality, with objects dating from the eighteenth century to the present." GO THERE NOW 2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street) New York, NY 10023-6214 T 212. 595. 9533
American Museum of Natural History
"To discover, interpret, and disseminate-through scientific research and education-knowledge about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe." "The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world's preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret, and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education, and exhibition." Home to the largest and arguably most fabulous collection of dinosaur fossils in the world, AMNH's fourth-floor dino halls have been blowing people?s minds for decades. Roughly 80% of the bones on display were actually dug out of the ground by Indiana Jones types. The newly opened Hall of Human Origins boasts a fine display of your old cousins, the Neanderthals. T
Asia Society
Asia Society Museum organizes groundbreaking exhibitions of both traditional and contemporary Asian and Asian American art. The Asia Society sponsors study missions and conferences while promoting public programs in the US and abroad. The headquarter's striking galleries host major exhibitions of art culled from dozens of countries and time periods, from ancient India and medieval Persia to contemporary Japan and assembled from public and private collections, including the permanent Mr and Mrs John D Rockefeller III collection of Asian art. A spacious, atrium-like cafe, with a pan-Asian menu, and a beautifully stocked gift shop make the society a one-stop destination for anyone who has an interest in Asian art and culture. GO THERE NOW 725 Park Avenue (at 70th Street) New York, NY 10021 Tel: 212-288-6400 Visit ASIASOCIETY.ORG
Bronx Museum of the Arts
"The Bronx Museum of the Arts is a contemporary art museum that connects diverse audiences to the urban experience through its permanent collection, special exhibitions, and education programs. Reflecting the borough's dynamic communities, the Museum is the crossroad where artists, local residents, national and international visitors meet." The Bronx Museum of the Arts is an internationally recognized cultural destination that presents innovative contemporary art exhibitions and education programs and is committed to promoting cross-cultural dialogues for diverse audiences. Since its founding in 1971, the Museum has played a vital role in the Bronx by helping to make art accessible to the entire community and connecting with local schools, artists, teens, and families through its robust education initiatives and public programs. In celebration of its 40th anniversary, the Museum implem
Brooklyn Museum
"The mission of the Brooklyn Museum is to act as a bridge between the rich artistic heritage of world cultures, as embodied in its collections, and the unique experience of each visitor. Dedicated to the primacy of the visitor experience, committed to excellence in every aspect of its collections and programs, and drawing on both new and traditional tools of communication, interpretation, and presentation, the Museum aims to serve its diverse public as a dynamic, innovative, and welcoming center for learning through the visual arts." The Brooklyn Museum, housed in a 560,000-square-foot, Beaux-Arts building, is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the country. Its world-renowned permanent collections range from ancient Egyptian masterpieces to contemporary art, and represent a wide range of cultures. Only a 30-minute subway ride from midtown Manhattan, with its own newly renov
Center For Book Arts
The Center for Book Arts is dedicated to preserving the traditional artistic practices of book-making, as well as exploring and encouraging contemporary interpretations of the book as an art object. Founded in 1974, it was the first not-for-profit organization of its kind in the nation, and has since become a model for others around the world. Its work is channeled through five program areas: exhibitions related to the arts of the book; lectures on topics of interest to book artists and craftspeople; a modest publication schedule; services to artists, both established and emerging and, much the most prominent currently, an extensive offering of classes. Each year the Center offers three terms of courses, workshops and seminars taught by experienced book artists, and providing hands-on training in all aspects of traditional and contemporary bookmaking, including bookbinding, letterpress p
Children's Museum of Manhattan
"CMOM inspires children and families to learn about themselves and our culturally diverse world through a unique environment of interactive exhibitions and programs." For more than thirty years CMOM has been a destination and resource where families of all backgrounds come to learn, play and grow together. At CMOM, we take pride in our mission to prepare children to succeed in school, help families live healthy lives, and nurture a new generation of creative and global citizens. Each year, we touch the lives of more than 350,000 families-through groundbreaking exhibits, innovative programs and first class performances. We bring the joy of creativity and discovery to each child who walks through our doors on West 83rd Street, as well as thousands served beyond the walls of the Museum. Working with a network of more than 50 organizations across the City, CMOM removes barriers that keep c
China Institute
"China Institute advances a deeper understanding of China through programs in education, culture, business and art in the belief that cross-cultural understanding strengthens our global community." China Institute was founded in 1926 by a group of distinguished American and Chinese educators including John Dewey, Hu Shih, Paul Monroe and Dr. Kuo Ping-wen. It is the oldest bicultural organization in America devoted exclusively to China. Consisting of just two small galleries, the China Institute is somewhat overshadowed by the nearby Asia Society. But its rotating exhibitions, including works by female Chinese artists and selections from the Beijing Palace Museum, are compelling. The institute offers lectures and courses on myriad subjects such as calligraphy, Confucius and cooking. GO THERE NOW China Institute 125 East 65th Street, New York, NY 10065 212.744.8181 Visit
Cloisters
Set in a lovely park overlooking the Hudson River, the Cloisters houses the Met's medieval art and architecture collections. A path winds through the peaceful grounds to a castle that seems to have survived from the Middle Ages. (It was built a mere 70 years ago, using pieces of five medieval French cloisters.) Be sure to check out the famous Unicorn Tapestries, the 12th-century Fuentiduea Chapel and the Annunciation Triptych by Robert Campin. Free parking around museum building. Otherwise, take the A train express to 190 Street and walk through Ft. Tryon park to the museum. GO THERE NOW 99 Margaret Corbin Drive Fort Tryon Park New York, New York 10040 212-923-3700 TTY: 212-570-3828 Visit THE CLOISTERS
Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
"To advance the public understanding of design across the thirty centuries of human creativity represented by the Museum’s collection. The Museum was founded in 1897 by Amy, Eleanor, and Sarah Hewitt-granddaughters of industrialist Peter Cooper-as part of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. A branch of the Smithsonian since 1967, Cooper-Hewitt is housed in the landmark Andrew Carnegie Mansion on Fifth Avenue in New York City." - Mission of the Cooper-Hewitt’s staff and Board of Trustees The Smithsonian's National Design Museum was once the home of industrialist Andrew Carnegie (there is still a lovely lawn behind the building, his former garden). Now it's the only museum in the US dedicated to domestic and industrial design, boasting a fascinating roster of temporary exhibitions, including selections from its permanent collection, curated by individual contem
Ellis Island Immigration Museum
Trace the history of U.S. immigration with a visit to the three floors of objects, photographs and interactive displays housed on the famous island next door to Lady Liberty herself. The exhibitions are an evocative, moving tribute to the people from so many countries, who made the journey to America filled with dreams for a better life. The $5 audio tour, narrated by Tom Brokaw, is highly informative.
Fraunces Tavern Museum
"Fraunces Tavern Museum’s mission is to educate the public and create genuine appreciation for New York City history as it relates to Colonial America, the Revolutionary War, and the Early Republic; this mission is fulfilled through the preservation of its collection and interpretation of the institution’s landmarked 1719 building along with varied exhibitions of art and artifacts as they relate to the historic site and the American Revolution." This 18th-century tavern used to be George Washington's watering hole and the site of his famous farewell to the troops at the Revolution's close. During the mid- to late-1780s, the building housed the fledgling nation's departments of war, foreign affairs and treasury. In 1904, Fraunces became a repository for artifacts collected by the Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York. Ongoing exhibits include- George Washington: Down the
Frick Collection
"To preserve and display for the public the Collection, and to augment its holdings in fields established by Henry Clay Frick, reflecting the uncompromising levels of quality that he embraced, and maintaining the historic tranquility of Mr. Frick's house. To provide access, understanding, and enjoyment of the Collection to the public through special exhibitions, publications, education, research, and public programs of the highest caliber. To offer a singular and memorable experience for the visiting public, providing an engaging view of life in the Gilded Age. To serve as a center for research and to stimulate scholarship in the history of art, and the history of collecting works of art in the Western tradition, from the fourth to the mid-twentieth centuries." The Frick Collection Mission Statement The Frick Collection includes some of the best-known paintings by the greatest Euro
International Center of Photography
The International Center of Photography (ICP) is the world’s leading institution dedicated to photography and visual culture. Through our exhibitions, school, public programs, and community outreach, we offer an open forum for dialogue about the role images play in our culture. Since our founding, we have presented more than 700 exhibitions and offered thousands of classes, providing instruction at every level. ICP is a center where photographers and artists, students, and scholars can create and interpret the world of the image, exploring photography and visual culture as mediums of empowerment, and catalysts for wide-reaching social change. For more information visit https://www.icp.org/
Japan Society
"Japan Society is the leading U.S. organization committed to deepening mutual understanding between the United States and Japan in a global context. Now in its second century, the Society serves audiences across the United States and abroad through innovative programs in arts and culture, public policy, business, language and education." - Mission Statement Japan Society is an American nonprofit organization supported by individuals, foundations and corporations that brings the people of Japan and the United States closer together through mutual understanding, appreciation and cooperation. More than a hundred years after the Society's founding, its goal remains the same-the cultivation of a constructive, resonant and dynamic relationship between the people of the U.S. and Japan. GO HERE NOW Japan Society 333 East 47th Street New York, NY 10017 Visit JAPANSOCIETY.ORG
Jewish Museum
"The Jewish Museum is dedicated to the enjoyment, understanding, and preservation of the artistic and cultural heritage of the Jewish people through its unparalleled collections, distinguished exhibitions, and related education programs. Using art and artifacts that embody the diversity of the Jewish experience from ancient to present times, throughout the world, the Museum strives to be a source of inspiration and shared human values for people of all religious and cultural backgrounds while serving as a special touchstone of identity for Jewish people. As a vital cultural resource for New York residents and visitors of all ages, the Museum also reaches out to national and international communities as it interprets and preserves art and Jewish culture for current and future generations."- Mission Statement The Jewish Museum, one of the world's largest and most important institutions d
Louis Armstrong House Museum
Louis Armstrong-the world's most famous jazz musician-was an international celebrity who could have lived anywhere.Yet in 1943, he and his wife, Lucille, settled in a modest house in Corona, Queens, where they lived for the remainder of their lives. No one has lived in the house since the Armstrongs, and the house and its furnishings remain very much as they were during Louis and Lucille's lifetime. Today, the Louis Armstrong House Museum is open to the public, offering guided tours of Louis's longtime home. On the tour, audio clips from Louis's homemade recordings are played, and visitors hear Louis practicing his trumpet, enjoying a meal, or talking with his friends. Visitors also get to enjoy an exhibit on Louis's life and legacy, and the Armstrongs' beautiful Japanese-inspired garden. GO HERE NOW Louis Armstrong House Museum 34-56 107th Street Corona, NY 11368 718-478-8274
Lower East Side Tenement Museum
"The Tenement Museum preserves and interprets the history of immigration through the personal experiences of the generations of newcomers who settled in and built lives on Manhattan's Lower East Side, America's iconic immigrant neighborhood; forges emotional connections between visitors and immigrants past and present; and enhances appreciation for the profound role immigration has played and continues to play in shaping America's evolving national identity." - Mission Statement Housed in an 1863 tenement building along with a gallery, shop and video room, this fascinating museum is accessible only by guided tour. The tours, which regularly sell out (definitely book ahead), explain the daily life of typical tenement-dwelling immigrant families. From April to December, the museum also leads walking tours of the Lower East Side on the weekends GO THERE NOW ,BR> Lower East Side Tene
Metropolitan Museum of Art
"The mission of The Metropolitan Museum of Art is to collect, preserve, study, exhibit, and stimulate appreciation for and advance knowledge of works of art that collectively represent the broadest spectrum of human achievement at the highest level of quality, all in the service of the public and in accordance with the highest professional standards." - Mission Statement The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the world's largest and finest art museums. Its collections include more than two million works of art spanning five thousand years of world culture, from prehistory to the present and from every part of the globe.Founded in 1870, the Metropolitan Museum is located in New York City's Central Park along Fifth Avenue (from 80th to 84th Streets). Nearly five million people visit the Museum each year. GO THERE NOW The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Avenue New Yor
Museum of Biblical Art (MoBiA)
:The Museum of Biblical Art (MOBIA) is an independent museum committed to engaging diverse audiences in the exploration of world-class artwork - from ancient to contemporary - inspired by the Bible." The Museum of Biblical Art celebrates and interprets art related to the Bible and its cultural legacy in Jewish and Christian traditions through exhibitions, education and scholarship. The Bible has shaped western culture more than any other book. Its impact is far-reaching and has profoundly influenced the history of art. The Museum of Biblical Art (MOBIA) brings to the public an interpretation of art through the lens of biblical religions and an understanding of religion through its artistic manifestations. Over the next decade, MOBIA will become a recognized leader among U.S. museums in presenting a richer understanding of religious art.MOBIA exhibitions and programs are developed i
Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)
"Founded in 1980, the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is dedicated to preserving and presenting the history, heritage, culture and diverse experiences of people of Chinese descent in the United States. The greatly expanded MOCA at 215 Centre Street is a national home for the precious narratives of diverse Chinese American communities, and strives to be a model among interactive museums." The Museum promotes dialogue and understanding among people of all cultural backgrounds, bringing 160 years of Chinese American history to vivid life through its innovative exhibitions, educational and cultural programs. MOCA welcomes diverse visitors and participants to its broad array of exhibits and programs. MOCA’s expansion accommodates its range of visitors which include: New Yorkers, domestic and international visitors, neighborhood residents, students and school groups from local and
Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
"The mission of the Museum is to educate people of all ages and backgrounds about the broad tapestry of Jewish life in the 20th and 21st centuries-before, during, and after the Holocaust." - Mission Statement Opened in 1997 and expanded in 2003, this museum offers one of the most moving cultural experiences in the city. Detailing the horrific attacks on (and inherent joys of) Jewish life during the past century, the collection consists of 24 documentary films, 2,000 photographs and 800 cultural artifacts, many of which have been donated by Holocaust survivors and their families. The Memorial Garden features English artist Andy Goldsworthy’s permanent installation Garden of Stones: 18 fire-hollowed boulders, each planted with a dwarf oak sapling. GO THERE NOW Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust Edmond J. Safra Plaza 36 Battery Place New York, NY
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
"Founded in 1929 as an educational institution, The Museum of Modern Art is dedicated to being the foremost museum of modern art in the world." - Mission Statement "The Museum of Modern Art manifests this commitment by establishing, preserving, and documenting a permanent collection of the highest order that reflects the vitality, complexity and unfolding patterns of modern and contemporary art." MoMA contains the world’s finest and most comprehensive holdings of 20th-century art, including an unsurpassed collection of photography. The midtown museum recently reopened after several years of renovation and expansion. The new space is indeed beautiful, though the steep admission price has become a point of contention among New Yorkers. GO THERE NOW The Museum of Modern Art 11 West 53 Street New York, NY 10019-5497 (212) 708-9400 Visit MoMA.ORG
Museum of the City of New York
"The Museum of the City of New York celebrates and interprets the city, educating the public about its distinctive character, especially its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. Founded in 1923 as a private, nonprofit corporation, the Museum connects the past, present, and future of New York City. It serves the people of New York and visitors from around the world through exhibitions, school and public programs, publications, and collections." - Mission Statement Among the city's major museums, there is only one with the words "New," "York," and "City" in its name, and this is precisely what gives the Museum of the City of New York its unique mandate: to explore the past, present, and future of this fascinating and particular place and to celebrate its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. A variety of exhibitions, public progra
Museum of the Moving Image
"Museum of the Moving Image advances the public understanding and appreciation of the art, history, technique, and technology of film, television, and digital media. It does so by collecting, preserving, and providing access to moving-image related artifacts, screening significant films and other moving-image works, presenting exhibitions of artifacts, artworks, and interactive experiences, and offering educational and interpretive programs to students, teachers, and the general public." - Mission Statement Museum of the Moving Image is the country's only museum dedicated to the art, history, technique, and technology of the moving image in all its forms. The Museum is a one-of-a-kind destination for audiences of all ages and interests, from connoisseurs of classic cinema to children and families to avid gamers. GO THERE NOW Museum of the Moving Image 36-01 35 Avenue Astoria,
National Museum of the American Indian
"The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) is committed to advancing knowledge and understanding of the Native cultures of the Western Hemisphere-past, present, and future-through partnership with Native people and others. The museum works to support the continuance of culture, traditional values, and transitions in contemporary Native life." - Mission Statement A diverse and multifaceted cultural and educational enterprise, the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) is an active and visible component of the Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum complex. The NMAI cares for one of the world's most expansive collections of Native artifacts, including objects, photographs, archives, and media covering the entire Western Hemisphere, from the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego. The National Museum of the American Indian is the sixteenth museum of the Smithsonian
New Museum
"When Tucker officially founded the New Museum on January 1, 1977, it was the first museum devoted to contemporary art established in New York City since the Second World War. Positioned between a traditional museum and an alternative space, the New Museum’s stated mission was to be a catalyst for a broad dialogue between artists and the public by establishing “an exhibition, information, and documentation center for contemporary art made within a period of approximately ten years prior to the present.” The Museum presented the work of living artists who did not yet have wide public exposure or critical acceptance to a broader public." Founded in 1977, the New Museum is a leading destination for new art and new ideas. It is Manhattan's only dedicated contemporary art museum and is respected internationally for the adventurousness and global scope of its curatorial program.
New York City Police Museum
"Incorporated in 1998, The New York City Police Museum is dedicated to preserving the history of the New York City Police Department, the world’s largest and most famous police service. The Museum strives to be an accessible resource for all the communities of the city of New York. Through its exhibitions, collections and educational programming, the Museum illustrates how the policies and culture of the NYPD have evolved over time to meet the changing needs of the City. The Museum serves as an educational institution, living memorial, and bridge of understanding between the various communities of New York, the international community and the New York City Police Department." - Mission Statement The Police Museum gives visitors an insider's look at the history and traditions of the largest police force in the country and its role in the history of New York City. With artifacts that
New York City Transit Museum
The New York Transit Museum, one of the city's leading cultural institutions is the largest museum in the United States devoted to urban public transportation history, and one of the premier institutions of its kind in the world. The Museum explores the development of the greater New York Metropolitan region through the presentations of exhibitions, tours, educational programs, and workshops dealing with the cultural, social, and technological history of public transportation. Since it's inception over a quarter century ago, the Museum, housed in a historic 1936 IND subway station in Brooklyn Heights, has grown in scope and popularity. As custodian and interpreter of the region's extensive public transportation networks, the Museum strives to share, through its public programs, this rich and vibrant history with local, regional, and international audiences.. GO THERE NOW New York Tr
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts houses one of the worlds most extensive combination of circulating, reference, and rare archival collections in its field. These materials are available free of charge, along with a wide range of special programs, including exhibitions, seminars, and performances. An essential resource for everyone with an interest in the arts--whether professional or amateur--the Library is known particularly for its prodigious collections of non-book materials such as historic recordings, videotapes, autograph manuscripts, correspondence, sheet music, stage designs, press clippings, programs, posters and photographs. GO THERE NOW New York Public Library for the Performing Arts 40 Lincoln Center Plaza New York, NY 10023-7498 917 275-6975 Visit NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY
New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex
The New York Transit Museum, one of the city's leading cultural institutions is the largest museum in the United States devoted to urban public transportation history, and one of the premier institutions of its kind in the world. The Museum explores the development of the greater New York Metropolitan region through the presentations of exhibitions, tours, educational programs, and workshops dealing with the cultural, social, and technological history of public transportation. Since it's inception over a quarter century ago, the Museum, housed in a historic 1936 IND subway station in Brooklyn Heights, has grown in scope and popularity. As custodian and interpreter of the region's extensive public transportation networks, the Museum strives to share, through its public programs, this rich and vibrant history with local, regional, and international audiences. GO THERE NOW GRAND CENTRA
New-York Historical Society
"The New-York Historical Society, one of America’s pre-eminent cultural institutions, is dedicated to fostering research, presenting history and art exhibitions, and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, New-York Historical is the oldest museum in New York City. New-York Historical has a mission to explore the richly layered political, cultural and social history of New York City and State and the nation, and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history." The New-York Historical Society’s museum is the oldest in New York City and predates the founding of the Metropolitan Museum of Art by nearly seventy years. Its art holdings comprise more than 1.6 million works. Among them are a world-class collection of Hudson River School paintings, including major
Paley Center for Media
"The Paley Center for Media, with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public." - Mission At The Paley Center for Media, you have the opportunity to access an international collection of nearly 150,000 programs covering almost 100 years of television and radio history, including news, public affairs programs and documentaries, performing arts programs, children's programming, sports, comedy and variety shows, and commercial advertising. Programming from some seventy countries is represented in the collection. You can also drop in to a screening in one of the Paley Center’s theaters. Each day we screen a wide variety of programming from our collection, from David Bowie in performance or a look at the work of Ji
Queens Museum Of Art
The Queens Museum of Art is dedicated to presenting the highest quality visual arts and educational programming for people in the New York metropolitan area, and particularly for the residents of Queens, a uniquely diverse ethnic, cultural and international community.The Museum fulfills its mission by designing and providing art exhibitions and educational experiences that promote the appreciation and enjoyment of art, support the creative efforts of artists, and enhance the quality of life through interpreting, collecting, and exhibiting art, architecture, and design.The Queens Museum of Art presents artistic and educational programs and exhibitions that directly relate to the contemporary urban life of its constituents while maintaining the highest standards of professional, intellectual, and ethical responsibility. GO THERE NOW Queens Museum Of Art New York City Building Flushi
Rubin Museum of Art
"The Rubin Museum of Art is a dynamic environment that stimulates learning, promotes understanding, and inspires personal connections to the ideas, cultures, and art of Himalayan Asia." - Mission Statement The Rubin Museum of Art is home to a comprehensive collection of art from the Himalayas and surrounding regions. The artistic heritage of this vast and culturally varied area of the world remains relatively obscure. Through changing exhibitions and an array of engaging public programs, the museum offers opportunities to explore the artistic legacy of the Himalayan region and to appreciate its place in the context of world cultures.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
"The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture located in Harlem, New York is a research unit of The New York Public Library system. It is recognized as one of the leading institutions focusing exclusively on African-American, African Diaspora, and African experiences. Begun with the collections of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg more than 85 years ago, the Schomburg has collected, preserved, and provided access to materials documenting black life-in America and worldwide. It has also promoted the study and interpretation of the history and culture of peoples of African descent. Today, the Schomburg continues to serve the community not just as a center and a library, but also as a space that encourages lifelong education and exploration" This extraordinary trove of vintage literature and memorabilia-all relating to black culture and the African diaspora-was founded in 1926 by bibliophil
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
An internationally renowned art museum and one of the most significant architectural icons of the 20th century, the Guggenheim Museum is at once a vital cultural center, an educational institution, and the heart of an international network of museums. Visitors can experience special exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, lectures by artists and critics, performances and film screenings, classes for teens and adults, and daily tours of the galleries led by museum educators. Founded on a collection of early modern masterpieces, the Guggenheim Museum today is an ever-growing institution devoted to the art of the 20th century and beyond. Even if your time is too short to view the collections, you must get a glimpse (if only from the outside) of this dramatic spiral building, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. In addition to works by Manet, Kandinsky, Picasso, Chagall and Bourgeois, the
The Morgan Library & Museum
"The mission of The Morgan Library & Museum is to preserve, build, study, present, and interpret a collection of extraordinary quality, in order to stimulate enjoyment, excite the imagination, advance learning, and nurture creativity." - Mission A complex of buildings in the heart of New York City, The Morgan Library & Museum began as the private library of financier Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), one of the preeminent collectors and cultural benefactors in the United States. As early as 1890 Morgan had begun to assemble a collection of illuminated, literary, and historical manuscripts, early printed books, and old master drawings and prints. The largest expansion in the Morgan's history, adding 75,000 square feet to the campus, was completed in 2006. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, the project increases exhibition space by more than fifty percent and adds i
The Museum at FIT
"Founded in 1969 by the Fashion Institute of Technology, The Museum at FIT is dedicated to advancing knowledge of fashion through exhibitions, programs and publications." - Mission The Museum at FIT is one of only a handful of museums in the world devoted to the art of fashion. The Museum was founded in 1967 to support the educational programs of the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), a college that is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system. Known then as the Design Laboratory, The Museum at FIT began presenting exhibitions in the 1970s, utilizing a collection on long-term loan from the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Over time, The Museum at FIT has acquired its own collection, which now consists of more than 50,000 garments and accessories from the eighteenth century to the present, as well as thousands of textiles and other fashion-related material. The Fashion Inst
Whitney Museum Of American Art
The Whitney's Collection houses one of the world's foremost collections of twentieth-century American art. The Permanent Collection of some eighteen thousand works encompasses paintings, sculptures, multimedia installations, drawings, prints, and photographs. The Museum was founded in 1931 with a core group of seven hundred art objects, many of them from the personal collection of founder Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney; others were purchased by Mrs. Whitney at the time of the opening to provide a more thorough overview of American art in the early decades of the century. Mrs. Whitney favored the art of the revolutionary realist artists derisively called the Ashcan School, among them John Sloan, George Luks, and Everett Shinn, as well as American Scene painaters such as Edward Hopper, John Steuart Curry, and Thomas Hart Benton. However, many important works by early modernist artists --