The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded on 13 April 1870, and it has been a popular destination for all lovers of art ever since. As the museum’s collections grew its reputation as one of the world’s great art centres became firmly established. Located on Fifth Avenue, its central location complements its mission to provide a library of art for the public of the great city. Not for the fainthearted, the museum covers a massive two million square feet, with examples of work from popular American artist Chuck Close, as well as other famous painters like Manet, Rembrandt and Titian.
For the more contemporary of tastes there is The Museum of Modern Art situated close to the MET, between Fifth and Sixth Avenue. Known as the most influential modern art museum in the world, the MoMA was established on 7 November 1929. Holding works by van Gogh, Picasso and Monet, to name but a few, this museum is well worth a visit.
The Guggenheim is well known not only for the artwork within but also that which is outside in the design of the building itself, which was created by the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. On the Upper East Side of the city, the museum was established in 1939 by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and holds works by such artists such as the sculptor Giacometti, Paul Klee and Jackson Pollock.
One of the key benefits of a trip to New York, enjoyed on most USA holidays, is that, when the galleries close their doors, the day isn’t over; in the city that never sleeps, there is an abundance of restaurants, cocktail bars and tours on offer, so there has never been a better time to book your Big Apple getaway.
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