4 Ways to See Art in New York City

New York has some of the most famous art in the world. Check out a few of the best ways to see art in New York City.


Two of the most popular art museums are the Metropolitan Museum of Art and MoMA.

The Met focuses on art from all over the world throughout various time periods. From Byzantine to contemporary, you can learn about the history of the world through art and artifacts created by each culture. The Met even has its own modern art museum, the Met Breuer.

If you want to see the best modern art in New York, head to MoMA. The Museum of Modern Art features both rotating exhibits and permanent collections. You can catch a glimpse of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” and Andy Warhol’s “Campbell’s Soup Cans.”

Other noteworthy art museums include the Whitney, the Guggenheim and the Frick Collection.

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You don’t need to pay admission to see some art in New York. The city is home to hundreds of galleries. Cost of admission? Free. Three of the most noteworthy neighborhoods in which to go gallery hopping include:


SoHo has been an artist haven since the 1960s. Though starving artists can no longer afford the rents here, the neighborhood is still home to some of the most interesting galleries. Stop by the Earth Room to see — well, a room filled with dirt.


After the artists were priced out of SoHo, Chelsea became the new artist hotspot by the mid-90s. The David Zwirner Gallery features contemporary artists. An example of a past artist includes Yayoi Kusama and his famed reflecting mirror galleries.


The trendy neighborhood of DUMBO has a large variety of galleries. A.I.R. is a non-profit gallery that features feminist art. While you’re in the borough, don’t forget to stop by the Brooklyn Art Museum.

Street Art

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Street art may not have been invented in New York (it actually started in Philly in the 1960s), but this type of art has been synonymous with the city since former mayor Ed Koch declared war on street artists in the 1980s. Today most street art is commissioned by buildings’ owners.

You can find plenty of graffiti and murals all over SoHo. You’re better off wandering throughout the neighborhood as most of the art is temporary and seems to disappear as fast as it appears. Luckily, the Audrey Hepburn mural on the Mulberry-facing wall of Caffe Roma is probably here to stay.

You don’t need to look too hard to find street art in the borough of Brooklyn. The Bushwick Collective is a great place to start. A series of several warehouses that now don murals painted by some of the world’s most famous street artists, the Bushwick Collective is one of the largest collections of street art in the city.


One of the most popular tourist attractions in New York are the skyscrapers. In fact, you can find exactly 257 skyscrapers here. In the early 1900s, Manhattan was running out of space. City leaders encouraged builders to build up instead of out. Some of the most famous buildings in New York include One World Trade Center, the Flatiron Building, the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building. Head down to the Woolworth Building to check out the tallest building in the world in 1913 — and see just how much taller skyscrapers have grown since then.

New York is just as famous for its historic buildings as it is its modern ones. Places of worship are some of the most visited buildings in the city thanks to their stunning architecture. Don’t forget to visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Trinity Church, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the Eldridge Street Synagogue and the Malcolm Shabazz Mosque.

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