Notable Museums

The Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Smithsonian American Art Museum, the nation’s first collection of American art and presents an unparalleled record of the American experience. The collection captures the aspirations, character, and imagination of the American people throughout three centuries. The museum is the home to one of the largest and most inclusive collections of American art in the world. Its artworks reveal key aspects of America’s s rich artistic and cultural history from the colonial period to today.

The museum showcases significant aspects of American visual culture, including photography, modern folk and self-taught art, African American art, Latino art, and video games. The museum has the largest collection of New Deal art and exceptional collections of contemporary craft, American impressionist paintings and masterpieces from the Gilded Age. In recent years, the museum has focused on strengthening its contemporary art collection, and in particular media arts, through acquisitions, awards, curatorial appointments, endowments, and by commissioning new artworks.

The Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center in Los Angeles houses European paintings, drawings, sculpture, illuminated manuscripts, decorative arts, and photography from its beginnings to the present, sourced from a wide range of international photographers.

The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa in Malibu opened on January 28, 2006, after the completion of a major renovation project. As a museum and educational center dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria, the Getty Villa serves a varied audience through exhibitions, conservation, scholarship, research, and public programs. The Villa houses approximately 44,000 works of art from the Museum’s extensive collection of Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities, of which over 1,200 are on view.

With two locations, the Getty Villa in Malibu and the Getty Center in Los Angeles, the J. Paul Getty Museum serves a wide variety of audiences through its expanded range of exhibitions and programming in the visual arts.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Met Fifth Avenue

Located in New York City, The Met Fifth Avenue is the largest museum in the

United States and the second most visited museum in the world. The Met presents over 5,000 years of art spanning all cultures and time periods. Since the Museum opened its doors to the public in its current location in Central Park in 1880, its footprint has expanded to cover more than two million square feet. Today, art comes alive in the Museum’s galleries and through its exhibitions and events, revealing both new ideas and unexpected connections across time and cultures.

The Met Cloisters

The Met Cloisters, located on four acres overlooking the Hudson River in northern Manhattan’s Fort Tryon Park, is the branch of the Museum dedicated to the art, architecture, and gardens of medieval Europe. Deriving its name from the medieval cloisters that form the core of the building, it presents a harmonious and evocative setting for more than 2,000 exceptional artworks and architectural elements from the medieval West.



The American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History is the largest natural history museum in the world with a mission commensurately monumental in scope. The entire museum spans 4 city blocks and consists of 25 interconnected buildings.  Though today the phrase “natural history” is restricted to the study of animal life, the museum—founded in 1869 on the heels of discoveries by Darwin and other Victorians—uses it in its original sense:  that is, the study of all-natural objects, animal, vegetable and mineral.

The museum’s scientists study the diversity of Earth’s species, life in the ancient past and the universe. The museum contains more than 40 exhibition halls, displaying a portion of the institution’s 32 million specimens and artifacts, many in lifelike dioramas. The exhibition program rotates as much of this material into public view as possible.

The museum has the most scientifically important collection of dinosaurs and fossil vertebrates in the world. The museum has six halls that tell the story of vertebrate evolution. In the Roosevelt rotunda is the tallest free-standing dinosaur exhibit in the world. It has been remounted to reflect current scientific theory about dinosaur behavior.

The Hall of Biodiversity highlights today’s pressing environmental issues and the need to preserve the variety and interdependence of Earth’s living things. Other permanent exhibits portray people and animals on their indigenous ground.

The Rose Center for Earth and Space is a $200 million glass box that encloses a great white sphere. The center features the Heilbrunn Cosmic Pathway, the Scales of the Universe, the Cullman Hall and the new Hayden Planetarium – the world’s most technologically advanced – which offers an absorbing three-dimensional tour of the universe and a multisensory re-creation of the Big Bang.

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum – New York

Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Established in 1939, Built in 1959

The Guggenheim is an internationally renowned art museum and one of the most significant architectural icons of the 20th century, the Guggenheim Museum in New York 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-evolving institution devoted to the art of the 20th century and beyond.

Also visit:

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection – Venice

The Guggenheim Museum – Bilbao

Guggenheim Abu Dhabi

Other Notable Museums

The Roy R. Neuberger Museum

In 1974, Roy R. Neuberger donated 108 works of art to start the Roy R. Neuberger Museum of Art. Today the permanent collection number 6000 works of art, including modern, contemporary and African, American, Mexican and European master works.

The Pierpont Morgan Library

Pierpont Morgan’s immense holdings ranged from Egyptian art to Renaissance paintings to Chinese porcelains. For his library, Morgan acquired illuminated, literary, and historical manuscripts, early printed books, and old master drawings and prints.

The Frick Collection

Welcome to The Frick Collection and the Frick Art Reference Library. Please follow the links to learn more about hours, admission policies, accessibility, contact information, and general information about The Frick Collection and the Frick Art Reference Library.

The Newark Museum

The Newark Museum holds fine collections of American art, decorative arts, contemporary art, Asia, Africa, the Americas, and the ancient world. It also includes The Ballantine House, built in 1885 for Jeannette and John Ballantine of the celebrated Newark beer-brewing family, this brick and limestone mansion originally had 27 rooms, including eight bedrooms and three bathrooms. Part of The Newark Museum since 1937, the house was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1985. Two floors of the Ballantine House are interpreted as a suite of galleries called “House & Home,” which includes eight period rooms, two hallways and six thematic galleries—all filled with things that might have been found in people’s homes from the 1650s to the present.

The Dallas Museum

The Dallas Museum of Art’s collection contains over 24,000 works of art from all cultures and time periods spanning 5,000 years of human creativity. The collection is dynamic; new acquisitions are being added all the time and the galleries are constantly changing.

The Field Museum

The 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition led to the establishment of the Field Museum. The Field Museum’s mission is to fuel a journey of discovery across time to enable solutions for a brighter future rich in nature and culture.

The Mississippi Museum of Art

The Mississippi Museum of Art is the largest art museum in the state. The Museum features a permanent collection of more than 5,000 works of art and hosts world-class traveling exhibitions. The Mississippi Story, a free ongoing exhibition comprised of more than 200 objects from the permanent collection offers visitors the opportunity to explore the state’s visual art history.

The Louvre Museum

The Louvre is home to Western art from the Middle Ages to 1848, as well as a large number of ancient civilizations. The grand palace that houses the museum dates back to the late twelfth century and is a true lesson in architecture: from 1200 to 2011, the most innovative architects have in turn built and developed the Louvre. Long the seat of power, this royal residence was also home to French heads of state until 1870 and is one of the major backdrops to the history of Paris and of France.

The British Museum

Founded in 1753, the British Museum was the first national public museum in the world. It opened its doors on January 15, 1759. It is housed in a 17th-century mansion, Montagu House. From the beginning, it granted free admission to all ‘studious and curious persons’. Visitor numbers have grown from around 5,000 a year in the eighteenth century to nearly 6 million today. With the exception of two World Wars, the Museum has remained open ever since, gradually increasing its opening hours and moving from an attendance of 5,000 per year to today’s 6 million.

The National Gallery

With over 2,300 paintings in the collection, there are hundreds of reasons to visit the Gallery. The National Gallery Collection contains over 2,300 works, including many famous works, such as van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait, Velázquez’s Rokeby Venus, Turner’s Fighting Temeraire and Van Gogh’s Sunflowers.

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Magazines and Newspapers

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The New Yorker 

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