Exploring New York City’s Museums: Part Two

Exploring New York City’s Museums: Part Two

For the art lover, there are plenty of great museums in New York to explore. Here are just a few you might want to consider in part two of this three-part series on museums in New York City.

Solomon R Guggenheim Museum

Located at 1071 5th Avenue, the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum is a Frank Lloyd Wright building that opened in 1959. In addition to the beauty of the building itself, it also houses great collections from artists such as Alexander Calder, Pablo Picasso, Van Gogh and more.

Rubin Museum of Art

Focused on the art and culture of the Himalayas, the Robin Museum of Art got its start in 2004 after receiving the private art collection of Donald and Shelley Rubin. Once a Barney’s outpost, the building itself was remodeled by Beyer Blinder Belle while still maintaining its spiral staircase. The museum, which is located at 150 West 17th Street, features a variety of galleries and includes interactive exhibits such as a Buddhist Shrine Room.

International Center of Photography

Founded in 1974, the International Center of Photography moved to its new location at 250 Bowery last June. The museum offers rotating exhibits promoting photography and visual culture while focusing on how the art form serves as a means of creating social change.

Museum of the Moving Image

Paying homage to film, the Museum of Moving Image offers a number of great exhibits throughout the year. Currently, the museum’s special exhibit explores the work and influence of Martin Scorsese and how New York City influenced him and his work. The museum will also be unveiling a new Jim Henson exhibit soon. The Museum of the Moving Image is located at 36-01 35th Avenue in Astoria.

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema – Brooklyn

Boasting seven-screens, the 800-seat Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Brooklyn is characterized by its cushy seats and locally-focused food and drink menu. It is also home to the intriguing House of Wax bar. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is located at 445 Albee Square West in Brooklyn.

Hudson Theatre

Originally constructed in 1902-1903 for Henry B. Harris, the Beaux-Arts theater opened with a production of Cousin Kate starring Ethel Barrymore. Later designated as a New York City landmark in 1987 and recently recommended for the National Register of Historic Places status by the New York State Board of Historic Preservation, the building went on to serve as a conference space and a comedy venue before recently returning to its roots. Today, the theatre is back to live productions, including a production of Stephen Sonheim’s Sunday in the Park with George starring Jake Gyllenhaal. The Hudson Theatre is located at 145 West 44th Street.

Apollo Theater

Located at 253 West 125th Street, the Apollo theater is a landmark Harlem theater that has hosted a number of great artists. Among these are The Jackson 5, Billie Holliday, Aretha Franklin, James Brown and Diana Ross. The theater offers hour-long tours during the week and is home to the Amateur Night event, which takes place a couple times per month.