Central Park is one of New York City’s most magical places. But more than sprawling American Elms and vast lawns, Central Park is also near many of the city’s best museums. Here are the best museums to visit while you’re walking Central Park.
Perhaps the city’s most widely recognized museum, the Guggenheim, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1950s, is a true masterpiece. Headlined by its spiraling white rotunda, the museum’s ramps and hallways are filled with works by the likes of Picasso, Van Gogh and Kandinsky. Take advantage of pay-what-you-will Saturdays each week from 5:45-7:45pm.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. 1071 5th Ave, New York, NY. (212) 423-3500
If fossils are more your forte, head to the American Museum of Natural History in Central Park West. With over 33 million specimens of plants, animals, minerals and fossils (including dinosaurs!) the American Museum of Natural History is one of the largest and most visited museums in the world.
American Museum of Natural History. Central Park West & 79th St, New York, NY. (212) 769-5100
Amassing the biggest and (arguably) best collection of modern art in the world, New York’s MoMA will blow you away. Whether it’s Salvador Dalì’s melted watches, Andy Warhol’s gold Marilyn Monroe, Frida Kahlo’s self portrait, or Vincent Van Gogh’s starry night, the iconic works seem endless here. Admission is free on Fridays from 4-8 p.m., but arrive after 6 p.m. if you want to avoid the rush.
Museum of Modern Art. 11 W 53rd St, New York, NY. (212) 708-9400
With a collection of works spanning from the classical antiquity period to modern art, “The Met” is a can’t-miss stop for art buffs. Originally built in 1874 on Central Park East the ornate Beaux-Arts style building is reason enough to stop by this Manhattan attraction.
Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY. 1 (800) 662-3397
Since it was established in 1956 the MAD has displayed works that mirror modern social currents and celebrate pop culture. You’ll want to visit the museum’s ultra-modern space at 2 Columbus Circle in the midst of Manhattan’s most elegantly designed rotary—conveniently located at the southwestern corner of Central Park.
Museum of Arts and Design. 2 Columbus Cir, New York, NY. (212) 299-7777