by nycgo.com staff [Updated 05/05/2015]
American Museum of Natural History. Photo: Marley White
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No trip to New York City is complete without experiencing some of its world-class cultural institutions, and Museum Mile is a good place to start. This stretch of Fifth Avenue, from East 82nd to East 105th Streets—actually measuring a little longer than a mile—lays claim to one of the world's densest concentrations of culture. Museums along the "Mile" include The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Neue Galerie, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the National Academy Museum & School, Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum, the Jewish Museum, the Museum of the City of New York and El Museo del Barrio.
After moving to a new location in the Meatpacking District, the Whitney Museum of American Art continues to showcase one of the nation's premier collections of works by 20th-century American and contemporary masters. On the Upper West Side, the mammoth American Museum of Natural History and the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space feature larger-than-life science exhibitions. And a block south, the City's oldest museum, the New-York Historical Society, underwent an extensive renovation and expansion in 2011 and introduced the DiMenna Children's History Museum.
The European masterpieces of the Frick Collection are housed in Henry Clay Frick's magnificent Fifth Avenue mansion, and Midtown's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is home to some of the world's most important contemporary artworks. Uptown, the Studio Museum in Harlem highlights the work of black artists, while the Cloisters houses an impressive collection of medieval art juxtaposed with the museum's gorgeous architecture; it also offers charming gardens and stunning views of the Hudson. Brooklyn Museum, one of the largest and oldest art museums in the country, boasts a wide-ranging collection that spans cultures and artistic movements in its beaux arts home at the northern end of Prospect Park.
For other great cultural experiences throughout the City—including not only museums, but also music, dance and theater—check out our Arts, Culture & Entertainment page, art calendar and our arts and culture roundup.