This is the most unusual museum in New York. The Guggenheim New York Museum was created to collect, store and present works of masters of modern art and culture. Today's collection of the Guggenheim Museum includes an enormous quantity of works of art from the late nineteenth century to the present. The ellipse- like futuristic building of the Guggenheim Museum is a recognizable symbol of New York.
The Guggenheim New York Museum of modern art dates back to 1937, when "copper-coal king" and gold mines`owner Solomon Robert Guggenheim, being at the age of 58 years, decided to retire and began collecting objects of art. He appealed to the famous German Baroness, the artist and the critic. By 1937, the need to build an entire museum appeared. Thus, in 1937 the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation was established, and the art collection was housed in a building on the 54th street in Manhattan.
However, the collection grew. In June 1943, the Guggenheim Foundation commissioned the construction of a new museum building to the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Externally, this structure is still a matter of admiration, it looks like an inverted pyramid or a spacecraft. The construction of the Museum building was completed in 1959.
At the Guggenheim Museum, viewers first take the elevator to the top floor, then go down the spiral ramp, getting acquainted with the exposition in motion. All visitors go down to the atrium, having a length of 400 meters. There are six floors, adjacent rooms, and a new space built-out in 1992 to the main building of the wing.
Further, the development of the Museum's collection and the philanthropic activities of the family Guggenheim led to the fact that in 1976 the Guggenheim Foundation received two galleries of contemporary art in London and Venice as a gift. They became a kind of branches of the main Museum. There is a network of Guggenheim museums today. In addition to the London and Venetian galleries, it includes other museums in New York, Berlin, Las Vegas and Bilbao.
The Guggenheim Foundation respects the world's largest collection of paintings of the late XIX and XX centuries. This treasure trove is modern and surreal in its appearance and its contents. The Museum possesses the works by world-famous artists (Kandinsky, Chagall, Arp, Bourgeois, Cezanne, Pollack, Rauschenberg, Dreyer, Serra, Warhol, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Klee, Picasso, Rousseau, Giacometti, Rothko and many others). In total, the Museum houses more than six thousand classical masterpieces of the previous century.
VII - III: 10:00 am - 5:45 pm
II: 10 am–9 pm (extended summer hours)
Closed on Thursdays
V: 10:00 - 17:45
VI: 10:00 - 19:45
1071 5th Ave, New York, NY 10128, USA
Phone: +1 212-423-3500
40° 46′ 58.71″ N, 73° 57′ 32.37″ W
Regular price: $25
Reduced price: $18
Children price: free under 12 years