- Brooklyn Botanic Garden
- The Brooklyn Museum
- The Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum
- The Frick Collection
- Museum of Arts and Design
- The Museum of Modern Art / MOMA PS1
- Whitney Museum of American Art
American Folk Art Museum
Devoted to the aesthetic appreciation of traditional folk art and creative expressions of contemporary self-taught artists from the United States and abroad.
American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA)
A nonprofit, educational institution with Books and magazines on graphic arts, book design, corporate design and commercial art.
American Museum of the Moving Image
*Closed for renovation until January 15th, 2011. Group tours by appointment.*
Focuses on the art, history, technique, and technology of film, television, and digital media by screening significant films and other moving-image works; presenting exhibitions of artifacts, artworks, and interactive experiences; and offering educational and interpretive programs.
American Museum of Natural History
Provides information about human cultures, the natural world and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education and exhibition.
Available to dealers, critics, curators and artists for reference only. Their digitized image database and slide registry, the Irving Sandler Artists File, is open free-of-charge and contains over 2,500 New York State and New Jersey artists' slide files.
Includes objects from cultures across Asia that date from the 11th century BCE to the 19th century CE, as well as contemporary Asian and Asian American art.
The Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture
*Closed for renovations until January 2011*
Host to a broad range of exhibitions examining under recognized aspects of the decorative arts, design history, and material culture.
Brooklyn Historical Society
Focus is Brooklyn and area history; architecture, art, decorative arts, genealogy. Over 33,000 Brooklyn-related photographs, works of art on paper and paintings have been digitized.
Brooklyn Museum of Art
Permanent collections range from ancient Egyptian masterpieces to contemporary art, and represent a wide range of cultures. The Museum is part of a complex of nineteenth-century parks and gardens that also includes Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and the Prospect Park Zoo.
Bronx Museum of the Arts
Focuses on 20th-century and contemporary art, while serving the culturally diverse populations of the Bronx and the greater New York metropolitan area.
Chelsea Art Museum
*Closed for renovations until mid-October*
Committed to an exploration of “art within a context.” This approach favors a program of exhibitions which reflect contemporary human experience across a broad spectrum of cultural, social, environmental and geographical contexts.
The branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe.
Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
Devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design. Decorative arts, textiles, wallcoverings and design. Rare books on related subjects. Also includes picture collection and papers of Donald Desky, Henry Dreyfuss, Ladislav Sutnar.
The Cooper Union
Periodic exhibitions of student work open to the public.
The Corning Gallery at Steuben
Devoted to collecting, exhibiting, and interpreting works by Europe's academically trained artists of the 19th and early 20th centuries.
El Museo del Barrio
Art and artifacts of Caribbean and Latin American cultures. Wide-ranging collections and exhibitions, complemented by film, literary, visual and performing arts series, cultural celebrations, and educational programs.
Goethe Institute/German Cultural Center
Cultural institute that provides information on Germany's cultural, social and political life.
Lending collection focuses on different branches of philanthropy, fundraising, voluntarism, and nonprofit organizations.
Paintings by European artists, major works of sculpture, eighteenth-century French furniture and porcelains, Limoges enamels, and Oriental rugs. Also hosts lectures and concerts.
Hispanic Society of America
Provides a free museum and reference library for the study of
the arts and cultures of Spain, Portugal, and Latin America.
The International Center of Photography (ICP)
Exhibitions, collections, and education for the general public, members, students, and professionals in the field of photography.
Japan Society Gallery
Exhibitions since 1971 have covered topics as diverse as classical Buddhist sculpture and calligraphy, contemporary photography and ceramics, samurai swords, export porcelain, and masterpieces of painting from the thirteenth to the twentieth century.
The Jewish Museum
Dedicated to the enjoyment, understanding, and preservation of the artistic and cultural heritage of the Jewish people through its unparalleled collections, distinguished exhibitions, and related education programs. Permanant collections include contemporary art as well as artifacts spanning 4,000 years.
Knoedler & Company
Gallery as well as an art library comprised of more than 60,000 volumes.
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Year-round programs feature more than 400 live performances from internationally acclaimed performers to lesser-known gems. Represents the highest standards of excellence in symphony, opera, chamber music, theater, dance, film, and arts education.
The Lower East Side Tenement Museum
Tells the stories of immigrants who lived in 97 Orchard Street, a tenement built in 1863. Museum can only be seen by guided tour.
Merchant’s House Museum
Built in 1832, the Merchant’s House is New York City’s only family home preserved intact, inside and out, from the 19th century. Through public programs and exhibitions, restoration of its landmark building, and conservation of its original collections, the Museum educates the public about the domestic life of a wealthy merchant family, 1835-1865.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
One of the world's largest art museums. Its collections include more than two million works of art spanning five thousand years of world culture, from prehistory to the present and from every part of the globe.
Municipal Art Society
New York City and boroughs architecture, historic preservation, planning, neighborhood conservation, greening, public art, zoning and open space issues. The Information Exchange (TIE) is a clearing-house, reference library and referral service begun in 1978 as a project of the Municipal art society. TIE’s subject files on these and other topics draw on neighborhood publications, as well as major New York newspapers, magazines, and newsletters. Documents in the files include testimonies, reports, and bibliographies.
Museum for African Art
Dedicated to the arts and cultures of Africa and the African Diaspora.
Museum of the American Indian (The George Gustav Heye Center)
The National Museum of the American Indian is the sixteenth museum of the Smithsonian Institution. It is the first national museum dedicated to the preservation, study, and exhibition of the life, languages, literature, history, and arts of Native Americans. Established by an act of Congress in 1989 (amendment in 1996), the museum works in collaboration with the Native peoples of the Western Hemisphere to protect and foster their cultures by reaffirming traditions and beliefs, encouraging contemporary artistic expression, and empowering the Indian voice.
Museum of Art and Design (formerly the American Craft Museum)
The country’s premier institution dedicated to the collection and exhibition of contemporary objects created in media such as clay, glass, wood, metal, and fiber.
Museum of Chinese in the Americas
Dedicated to preserving and presenting the history, heritage, culture and diverse experiences of people of Chinese descent in the United States.
The Museum of the City of New York
Explores the past, present, and future of New York City and celebrates its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. A variety of exhibitions, public programs, and publications all investigate what gives New York City its singular character.
The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology
On the main floor of the Museum, The Fashion and Textile History Gallery provides on-going historical context. It is the only permanent fashion history exhibition in the United States and features a rotating selection of approximately 200 historically and artistically significant objects from the Museum’s permanent collection. Every six months, the exhibition in the gallery is completely changed, although it always covers 250 years of fashion history.
Museum of Modern Art
The Museum of Modern Art's collection includes over 150,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, architectural models and drawings, and design objects. The Museum Archives contains primary source material related to the history of MoMA and modern and contemporary art.
National Academy of Design
One of the largest public American art collections in the country, containing works from the 19th century to the present. Comprised of over 7,000 works in almost every artistic style, the collection includes portraiture from the Federal period, naturalistic landscapes of the Hudson River School, and the studies of light and atmosphere that inform Tonalism and American Impressionism. Modern and contemporary movements are also represented such as Fauvism, the Ashcan School, American Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, Pop Art, Photorealism, Pattern and Decoration, Neo-Expressionism, and New Image Painting.
National Museum of Catholic Art and History
Religious artworks, artifacts, documents, manuscripts, and books by old masters as well as contemporary artists.
Neue Galerie New York is a museum devoted to early twentieth-century German and Austrian art and design, displayed on two exhibition floors.
New Museum of Contemporary Art
Manhattan's only dedicated contemporary art museum.
Created by Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988), The Noguchi Museum opened in 1985, presenting a comprehensive collection of the artist's works in stone, metal, wood, and clay, as well as models for public projects and gardens, dance sets, and Akari Light Sculptures.
The Paley Center for Media (formerly the Museum of Television and Radio)
Focused on the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public.
The Morgan Library & Museum
A global institution focused on the European and American traditions, the Morgan houses one of the world's foremost collections of manuscripts, rare books, music, drawings, and ancient and other works of art.
P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center
An exhibition space rather than a collecting institution, MoMA PS1 devotes its energy and resources to displaying the most experimental art in the world. Presents over 50 exhibitions each year, including artists’ retrospectives, site-specific installations, historical surveys, arts from across the United States and the world, and a full schedule of music and performance programming.
Queens Museum of Art
Home to The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF). Offering a wide range of programs, Scandinavia House presents contemporary Nordic culture that encompass the visual arts, music, and literature along with business, finance, and technology.
School of Visual Arts Gallery
Art is shown in SVA's own galleries, including a professional gallery in Manhattan's Chelsea art district, and are often curated by art-world professionals. Request information at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about student art exhibitions at SVA.
The Sculpture Center is a not-for-profit arts institution dedicated to experimental and innovative developments in contemporary sculpture.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
The permanent home to a renowned collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, early Modern, and contemporary art and also features special exhibitions throughout the year. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, it is one of the 20th century's most important architectural landmarks.
Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences
Holdings are formally organized into three main collections: Natural Sciences, Fine Art and History Archives & Library. The art collection includes works spanning prehistory to the modern period from both the Western and Non-Western traditions.
Studio Museum in Harlem
Specializes in the work of African-American artists and artifacts of the African diaspora. Permanent collection represents more than 400 artists, spans 200 years of history and includes over 1,700 works of art, including paintings, drawings, sculptures, watercolors, photographs, videos and mixed-media installations
Taipei Cultural Center in New York
Government publications from the Republic of China on Taiwan, juvenile literature, classical Chinese literature, Buddhist doctrine, literature on East Asian history, Chinese philosophy, and Chinese classical and modern arts are collected in English.
Classical and contemporary Tibetan art, as well as modern and contemporary ar inspired by Tibetan culture.
Whitney Museum of American Art
Dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting American art. The Whitney presents the full range of twentieth-century and contemporary American art, with a special focus on works by living artists.
Yeshiva University Museum
Focuses on the culturally diverse intellectual and artistic achievements over the past 3,000 years of Jewish culture. Presents workshops, lectures, films, concerts, and multilingual exhibition tours in English, Hebrew, Spanish, Russian, and Yiddish.