Which is More Impressive, the Building or the Art?
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is an internationally well-known museum of modern and contemporary art. The global network of five Guggenheim Museums in five different cities (New York, Venice, Bilboa, Berlin, and soon to open in Abu Dhabi) all feature unique architecture and great artwork.
The Guggenheim is a one-of-a-kind art museum. Unlike most other museums, the Guggenheim does not divide its galleries into mediums or eras. The collection, on the other hand, is meant to be viewed as a whole. But don’t worry, you’ll have no trouble finding the exhibitions or artists you’re looking for! There are plenty of guides strewn about, and audio tours are always available. Every day, two guided tours are also available.
Guggenheim New York is located on the Upper East Side, in an iconic building designed by the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
The structure that some have called the “cupcake” stands in stark contrast to the neighboring Upper East Side buildings and is part of the show in its own right. Inside the museum, a spiral walkway leads visitors through exhibits around the perimeter of the building. The center is open.
The museum’s permanent collections includes paintings, sculptures, and artworks, and feature artists such as Cezanne, Monet, and Picasso.
Temporary exhibitions are displayed up the spiraling ramp that runs through the interior of the main structure, providing multiple perspectives on each artwork (and do some serious people watching). Exhibits, which can range in focus from a specific artist to a historical period to a thematic thread, can frequently displace the permanent collection. (However, works from the permanent collection are always available in the Thannhauser collection.)
Essential Tourist Information
Every day at 2 p.m., gallery educators lead free admission tours (no reservation required). If you arrive at a different time, take the free audio tour or download the app, and make sure to chat with the Gallery Guides, docents stationed throughout the museum who are happy to explain what’s on display.
- Adults: $22
- Students/Seniors (65 and up with ID): $18
- Children under 12: Free
- Members: Free
- Pay-as-you-wish on Saturdays from 5:15 pm to 7:45 pm
- Friday, Sunday – Wednesday: 10 am – 5:45 pm
- Saturday: 10 am – 7:45 pm
- Thursday: Closed
- Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas
Location and Directions
Address: 1071 Fifth Ave at 89th St (See New York City Museums Map)
By subway, take the 4, 5, or 6 train to 86th Street. Walk west on 86th Street and turn right on Fifth Avenue. By bus, take the M1, M2, M3, or M4 bus on Madison or Fifth Avenue.