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Manhattan’s Upper East Side is brimming with artistic and cultural life. In fact, the stretch of 5th avenue along Central Park between 82nd and 105th street is referred to as the “Museum Mile.”
Amidst the background of one of NYC’s premier neighborhoods, this stretch contains some of the most renowned and celebrated art and cultural institutions in the world.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The most famed and widely recognized art institution in Manhattan is the Upper East Side’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, colloquially known as “the Met.” Located at 5th Ave. and 82nd Street, the Met is home to countless permanent, semi-permanent, and seasonal exhibits spanning the global reach of art. The Met is so vast, it is virtually inexhaustible year-round.
Exhibits include ancient Egyptian art, classical art, medieval art, modern, contemporary, sculpture, and even a gallery dedicated to the world’s finest musical instruments. Further uptown, the Met maintains a second space called The Cloisters. At $25 for an adult ticket, $17 for a senior ticket, $12 for student tickets, and free admission for children, the Met is as affordable as it is breathtaking.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Just blocks away from the Met, the Guggenheim is another of Manhattan’s most lauded art institutions. Located at Fifth Ave. and 89th Street, the Guggenheim maintains a collection of modern and contemporary art, with seasonal exhibits occurring year-round. The spiraling Guggenheim building itself is an unmistakable work of art, designed by renowned American Architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
The Jewish Museum
Located on Fifth Ave and 92nd Street, the Jewish Museum is the oldest museum of Jewish life. Outside of Israel, It also boasts the largest collection of Judaica in the world, with over 30,000 materials.
The Asia Society & Museum
The Asia Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to Asian culture and its awareness around the world. It’s world headquarters are located at Park Avenue and 77th Street. The society holds educational cultural offerings for the public and maintains a rotating art exhibits, including the permanently housed Rockefeller Asian art collection.
El Museo del Barrio
At 1230 Fifth Ave. on “Museum Mile,” El Museo del Barrio is home to a wide-ranging collection of Latin American, Hispanic, and Caribbean art. A special emphasis is placed on Puerto Rican culture, especially amidst the background of New York. El Museo’s recently completed renovations on its Teatro, promising a unique theatre-going experience for those looking for Broadway alternatives.
Museum of the City of New York
The Museum of the City of New York is the premier cultural and historical museum regarding the city itself. The rich culture and history of New York are laid bare in this beautiful and nationally recognized museum. The museum is located towards the northern end of “Museum Mile,” and is a member of New York’s Cultural Institutions Group. The museum hosts a permanent exhibit called “New York to the Core,” which extensively details the full history of the city.
The Upper East Side Historic District
The Upper East Side Historic District is a nationally recognized historic area within the neighborhood. The District is home to many unique buildings and homes of historic value. The district houses the prestigious Manhattan Club, a social gathering place for Manhattan society life founded by J.P. Morgan. It is also home to the Sara Delano Roosevelt Memorial House, Waldo Mansion, and the Safra Synagogue.
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