New York City

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Start here! Sort through more than 70 art museums in Manhattan and the outer boroughs: from the Metropolitan and MOMA to ethnic and national museums, academic galleries, and specialty museums.


Find New York City art museums and select exhibitions, listed all in one place!

Featured Museums

  •  Metropolitan Museum of Art

    New York City, NY 1000 Fifth Avenue

    One of the world's largest art museums, with a world-class collection of art & artifacts from around the world, across time. Seventeen curatorial departments mount dozens of special, temporary exhibitions year-round.
  •  Cooper–Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

    New York City, NY 2 East 91st St

    Housed in the landmark Andrew Carnegie Mansion, the Smithsonian Design Museum holds 210,000 objects spanning thirty centuries. Temporary exhibitions explore the process of design, both historic and contemporary.
  •  Jewish Museum

    New York City, NY 1109 5th Ave., at 92nd Street

    At the intersection of art and Jewish culture, the museum holds 30,000 works of fine art, Judaica and more, reflecting 4,000 years of global Jewish experience. Hosts multiple concurrent temporary exhibitions year-round.
  •  Neue Galerie

    New York City, NY 1048 Fifth Avenue, at 86th St.

    Housed in a landmark 1914 mansion, the museum is devoted to early 20th-century German and Austrian art and design. The collection concentrates on work created between 1890 and 1940, in a broad range of media.
  •  Frick Collection

    New York City, NY 1 East 70th Street

    Located in the former home of Henry Clay Frick, an exemplary collection of 1,100 works from the Renaissance to late 19th-century includes paintings, works-on-paper, sculpture, and decorative arts. Several temporary exhibitions are scheduled annually.
  •  Guggenheim Museum

    New York City, NY 1071 Fifth Avenue, at 89th Street

    Housed in an iconic Frank Lloyd Wright building, the extensive international collection represents every major art movement from the late-19th century to the present. Hosts temporary exhibitions year-round.
  •  American Folk Art Museum

    New York City, NY 2 Lincoln Square, Columbus Ave at 65th St.

    Diverse holdings of 8,000 works of art from the United States and abroad span traditional American folk art made at the turn of the 18th-century, to 20th- and 21st-century works by self-taught artists and art brut creators. Hosts temporary exhibitions.
  •  Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

    New York City, NY 11 West 53rd Street

    200,000 works by 10,000 artists in all media span the globe and the last 150 years. Numerous temporary exhibitions are displayed simultaneously, year-round.
  •  The Morgan Library & Museum

    New York City, NY 225 Madison Avenue, at E. 36th St

    Housed in a complex of historical buildings and modern pavilions connected by a soaring central court, the museum holds arts in all media from early Mesopotamian & Egyptian through Greco-Roman, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and beyond. Hosts temporary exhibitions.
  •  Rubin Museum of Art

    New York City, NY 150 West 17th Street

    3,200 objects of Himalayan art span 1,500 years to the present day. Special exhibitions reflect Asia’s diversity, from ancient to contemporary.
  •  International Center of Photography

    New York City, NY 250 Bowery

    ICP is dedicated to the practice and understanding of photography and the reproduced image in all its forms.  Explores the history and future of image-making through am on-going program of exhibitions.
  •  Whitney Museum of American Art

    New York City, NY 99 Gansevoort Street

    21,000 works by 3,000 American artists working in the 20th- & 21st-centuries. Temporary exhibitions are hosted year-round. The Museum’s signature exhibition is its biennial.

American Folk Art Museum American Museum of the Moving Image Americas Society Asia Society Museum Asian American Arts Centre Austrian Cultural Forum Bard Graduate Center Gallery Bernard Museum of Judaica Bronx Museum of the Arts Brooklyn Museum Center for Architecture China Institute Cooper–Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Dahesh Museum of Art Dia: Chelsea El Museo del Barrio FLAG Art Foundation Fisher Landau Center for Art Fordham University Museum of Greek, Estrucan and Roman Art Frick Collection Gallery Korea, Korean Cultural Service Grey Art Gallery Guggenheim Museum High Line Art Hispanic Society of America International Center of Photography Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art Japan Society Jewish Museum Judd Foundation MOMA PS1 Metropolitan Museum of Art Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation Museum of Arts and Design Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Museum of Sex Museum of the City of New York National Academy National Museum of the American Indian - George Gustav Heye Center Neue Galerie New Museum New York Historical Society New York Public Library - Stephen A. Schwarzman Building New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center Nicholas Roerich Museum Noguchi Museum and Garden Onassis Cultural Center New York Park Avenue Armory Queens Museum Rubin Museum of Art Salmagundi Club Scandinavia House SculptureCenter Socrates Sculpture Park Studio Museum in Harlem Swiss Institute / CONTEMPORARY ART The Africa Center The Cloisters The Drawing Center The Korea Society The Met Breuer The Morgan Library & Museum The Ukrainian Museum Tibet House Wallach Art Gallery Walther Collection Project Space Whitney Museum of American Art

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Books for Culture Travelers

These books can help you plan a visit to New York City and enhance your explorations when you’re there!

City Guides

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide New York City: 2019 Well-designed, detailed, easy-to-use guide helps you create your own unique trip. Covers the must-see sights and the hidden corners.
Fodor's New York City 2019 Written by locals, “aimed at a fairly discerning traveler with an appetite for background and the occasional surprise” (NYT review)
Blue Guide New York Ideal for on-street use & at-home reference; depth of coverage is second to none in this mini-encyclopedia; detailed maps and plans.

Walking Guides

AIA Guide to New York City Smart, playful, nicely-illustrated -- the ultimate guide to architectural treasures in all five boroughs. NYC’s significant places, past and present.
New York Art Deco: A Guide to Gotham's Jazz Age Architecture A former NYC Landmarks Commissioner’s guide to the monuments of the 1920s & ‘30s that cast New York as the world's modern metropolis.
Inside the Apple: A Streetwise History of New York City Narrative history of NYC, rich in anecdotes & illustrations, also works as a historical walking-tour. 14 self-guided routes, maps, and directions.
Magnetic City: A Walking Companion to New York From New York magazine’s architecture critic, a walking & reading guide— historical, cultural, architectural, & personal approach to seven neighborhoods.
Public Art New York A tour of permanent public art in all five boroughs, from outdoor sculpture to murals and artworks in lobbies accessible to the public.
Art & NYC: A Complete Guide to New York City Art & Artists 20th- & 21st-century art history with neighborhood gallery, museum & public art listings, studios & other artsy places; detailed maps.

Architecture & History

Seeking New York: The Stories Behind the Historic Architecture of Manhattan Illustrated guide traces the architectural & social history of Manhattan one building at a time.
The Historical Atlas of New York City: A Visual Celebration of 400 Years of New York City's History Vivid, unique perspective on this cultural capital, neighborhood by neighborhood, through 400 years of Gotham's rich past.
A History Lover's Guide to New York City Goes beyond the traditional guidebook, tracing history and heritage of America's largest metropolis, a city of superlatives.