The spiral-shaped Guggenheim Museum is one of New York City’s most distinctive buildings, an architectural masterpiece by Frank Lloyd Wright. Inside, the Upper East Side museum’s permanent collection of abstract and modern art—Guggenheim himself favored the term “nonobjective” art—includes essential work by artists like Vasily Kandinsky, Fernand Léger, Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp. The Guggenheim also puts on curated exhibitions, hosts lectures and concerts, screens films and offers other public programs.
Frequently Asked Questions
When are the best times to visit? Late afternoon on weekdays, and on Saturdays just before the pay-what-you-wish rush, which begins around 5:45pm. Closed Thursdays.
How can I make the most of my visit? The Guggenheim offers a variety of tours, free with admission. The institution’s app offers multilingual guides featuring exhibitions, collections and the building’s history.
Can you recommend some exhibits? The permanent collection shows the 20th century’s revolution in painting, as artists embraced abstraction and impressionism. Be sure to visit the Kandinsky Gallery, dedicated to the work of the abstract artist .
Is there anywhere to eat? The Guggenheim houses two restaurants: The Wright, named for the building’s architect, and Cafe 3, a less formal space, located next to the Kandinsky Gallery.
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