One of the cool things about New York (or any large city for that matter) is that no matter how much you think you’ve done, you probably still have more to see. This proved true when my mom suggested we visit the Guggenheim while she was in town.
The Guggenheim Museum is definitely the most architecturally interesting museum I’ve visited. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, this inverted ziggurat (which looks akin to an alien spaceship if you ask me), houses early modernist works in its permanent collection and everything from impressionist paintings to a giant robotic arm in its temporary exhibitions.
We visited on one of the last days of the Agnes Martin exhibition. She created works composed of grids and stripes that, to someone who feels peace when intense order and perfection surround me, were beautiful. My brother, on the other hand, said it wasn’t art because he could do the same thing…
While I didn’t love the permanent collection as much as I’ve loved ones I’ve seen at other museums, I did find a few favourites!
The coolest thing about the Guggenheim, however, is the actual interior of the building. It’s just one giant circular ramp around the building itself, which doesn’t necessarily make for peaceful gallery viewing, but it does make for some pretty cool photos ;)
Tips for visiting
All in all, the Guggenheim is very cool. Even my brother, who dislikes art, had to admit that the building itself was worth visiting!
- Address: 1071 Fifth Ave (between 88th and 89th streets)
- Hours: Sun-Wed 10AM-5:45PM ; Thurs Closed ; Friday 10AM-7:45PM
- Tickets: $15 Adults; $10 Students and Seniors; $0 Children under 12 and Members
- Every Saturday from 5:45-7:45, visitors can pay what they wish for admission
- If you’re willing to wait in a ridiculously long line, don’t miss the golden toilet!
Have you visited the Guggenheim? What did you think?