Must-See Upper East Side
by nycgo.com staff , 02/25/2014
Metropolitan Museum of Art. Photo: Marley White
Fifth Avenue (bet. E. 82nd and E. 105th Sts.)
The Upper East Side is an enchanting place for museum goers, and the institutions on Museum Mile display some of the City's finest collections of art, history, design and culture from around the globe. Anchoring the southern end of the “mile” is the world-renowned Metropolitan Museum of Art, whose permanent collection contains 2 million-plus works, spanning more than 5,000 years: the splendors of ancient Egypt, the spectacular New American Wing, the beloved Impressionist paintings … the list goes on. On the northern end is El Museo del Barrio, which is devoted to Latino—particularly Puerto Rican—art and culture. Museums in between include the Museum of the City of New York, full of NYC-related art and artifacts; the Jewish Museum, which explores four millennia of Jewish culture and identity through fine arts; and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, which houses major exhibitions of contemporary art inside an instantly recognizable Frank Lloyd Wright building.