The Guggenheim museum is one of the most beautiful buildings in New York in the Upper East Side and perhaps one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. Only this building is reason enough to put it in your top 5 of ‘things-to-do’ – when I’m in New York. Is there something to see in the building? Certainly: in addition to a nice permanent collection, they organize fantastic temporary exhibitions that are very extensive and which you can really see that a lot of attention has been paid to by the curator.
People who see the Guggenheim for the first time sometimes think that it is a futuristic building that has just arrived. But it was built in 1959. The architect was Frank Loyd Wright, one of the best-known American architects ever. This is one of his most famous buildings. The special feature of this building is that the upper rings are much wider than the lower ones and this gives that amazing shape. It does almost alien and that is perhaps the reason it was used in the film Man in Black. Inside, the building is almost as special as it is on the outside. Instead of floors there is one big long spiral upwards where you can take a turn to a hallway.
Are you having difficulty walking? Then, after purchasing a ticket, take the elevator to the top floor so that you can walk down the spirals.
The Guggenheim has for the most part temporary exhibitions that are very good, but also the permanent exhibitions are worthwhile. These are the Thannhauser Collection and the Guggenheim Collection.
Thannhouser Collection (Level 2)
The Thannhousers were Germans who had been successful art dealers since the beginning of the last century. Several generations had a good view on which painters were going to make and which were not. This has enabled them to build up a fine collection of, among others, Picasso’s, van Gogh’s and Cézannes. The Thanhoussers and the Guggenheims became friends and had the same ideas about art, so it was that they left their collection at the Guggenheim Museum.
Guggenheim Collection (Level 3)
The Guggenheim Collections consists of early modernist artworks. Artists whose masterpieces have been highlighted include Marc Chagall, Wassily Kandinsky and Piet Mondriaan. The collection shows artworks from Europe and Russia from the second decade of the twentieth century.
Food and drink
After running three levels you are ready for a cup of coffee. And that has been taken into account, because at this level there is a coffee corner (called Café 3), where you can get delicious espressos, cappuccinos and a tasty cake. The view? Central Park, not bad! Just pay attention, it is rather hidden and you walk past it. Do you have more appetite? Then go to the ground floor. On the side of 88th Street you will find The Wright. A good but small restaurant.
After your purchase you will receive a voucher that you can print and use as your ticket, or show as a mobile ticket on your phone.
Monday to Wednesday, Friday and Sunday: 10.00 – 17.45 hrs
Saturday: 10.00 – 19.45 hrs
Location: 1071 Fifth Avenue, between 88th and 89th Street
With the New York CityPASS, the New York Pass, the Sigtseeing Pass and the Explorer Pass you have free access to the museum.
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