New York City is the go-to destination for the traveler looking to have an art-filled getaway. Here, you will find our world-class museums, of course, but also noteworthy galleries, artful restaurants and chic shops offering artist-crafted gifts. Exquisite art can be found in this town in all kinds of venues.
An encyclopedic museum offers insight into visual cultures in Greek and Roman galleries. The permanent collection includes representatives of a vast range of historic and international cultures—from 18th century English embroidered samplers to 6th century Mesoamerican woodcarvings to religious paintings from 14th century Florence.
Reflecting the contemporary focus of its namesake museum, this boutique offers the latest in modern-designed and -crafted objects, such as origami-influenced furniture and modern jewelry made of metal mesh.
An outdoor museum and park in Long Island City, Queens, offers rotating exhibitions by environmentally minded artists, including Tamara Johnson and Agnes Denes. In warmer months, visitors can catch outdoor movies and performances, including Shakespeare in the Park.
A renowned gallery with locations in London and NYC showcases paintings, installations, photography and more by established contemporary and modern artists. Past exhibitions include austere modernist shapes by Donald Judd and an immersive room filled with polka-dotted tentacles by Yayoi Kusama.
The zen museum and garden in Long Island City, Queens, designed by Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi holds the world’s largest collection of the artist’s minimalist sculptures, drawings, models and designs.
This nonprofit bookstore and gallery offers books, magazines and objects crafted and written by artists from NYC and all over the world. Monthly events includes literary themed exhibitions, book signings and artist conversations.
Perfect for a post-museum mile refresher, this Upper East Side, art-theme lounge feels like a rustic take on a Victorian parlor. The intimate space includes velvet couches, chandeliers, a golden ceiling and large tableaus of classic art historical characters, such as Adam and Eve and Judith with the head of Holofernes.
This Chelsea gallery primarily showcases artists from postwar Japanese art groups, including Gutai’s Sadamasa Motonaga, Mono-Ha era’s Hitoshi Nomura and Hi-Red-Center’s Natsuyuki Nakanishi. Works by American and European contemporary artists, including Jack Early, also are displayed.
Headed by a former human-rights lawyer, this Lower East Side gallery showcases thought provoking art that deals with such subjects as gender and underrepresented political groups.
Guests take in expansive, rotating exhibitions of modern and contemporary art by such renowned artists as Robert Gober, Pablo Picasso and Yoko Ono. The permanent collection at this Midtown institution holds exemplary pieces from art movements of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.
This Renzo-Piano designed museum features 20th and 21st century art by American artists, including Frank Stella, Archibald Motley and Lucy Dodd. With multiple outdoor balconies looking east and glass-walled staircases to the west, visitors can take in breathtaking works of art and views of the Hudson River and NYC cityscape.
Take a stroll up or down this spiraled site-specific, Frank Lloyd Wright-designed museum, located steps away from bucolic Central Park. Rotating exhibitions highlight monumental figures in International modern and contemporary art.
Outside comes in at this restaurant and lounge, where street-food inspired bites are served in a concrete-walled space adorned with expansive murals by street artists, including HUSH, Shepard Fairey and Apexer.
Visitors to this Prospect Park, Brooklyn, art museum come across more than 1 million historical objects dating back to Ancient Egypt. Rotating exhibitions of modern and contemporary art (such as Jean-Michael Basquiat) and cultural phenomena (such as sneaker culture) are also featured in the 560,00-square-foot Beaux Arts building.