Museum of Modern Art#11 in Best Things To Do in New York City
You don't have to be an art lover to appreciate the Museum of Modern Art; this airy midtown gallery also doubles as a shrine of pop culture and 20th century history. Some of the most significant contemporary pieces hang on its walls, including Picasso's "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon," Warhol's "Campbell's Soup Cans," Van Gogh's "Starry Night," Dalí's "The Persistence of Memory,"Monet's "Water Lilies," and the list goes on and on. In October 2019, the museum reopened after completing an expansion project that added more than 40,000 square feet of gallery space, as well as a performance studio that features live programming.
Recent travelers were impressed by the extensive art collection and loved being able to see the museum's famous paintings. The $25 entry fee for adults ($14 for students; $18 for seniors; free for kids 16 and younger) can be hard to stomach, but reviewers insist you won't regret the money spent and note that if you visit on free Fridays you'll have to deal with crowds. Heed the advice of the museum and arrive after 6 p.m. without a large bag or backpack to avoid the brunt of the Friday night rush.
You'll spot MoMA on 53rd Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues (you can take the E or the M train to the Fifth Avenue-53rd St. stop, or the B, D or F trains to Rockefeller Center). The museum is open every day from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. To avoid the sticker shock, you can enter for free on Fridays from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Visit the Museum of Modern Art's website for details.
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#1 Central Park
This part-park, part-museum, part-concert hall swallows central Manhattan, and many of the city's most notable attractions are situated next to it or within its limits (the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History, to name a few). But travelers insist that you shouldn't just pass through Central Park on your way to another place. This 843-acre green space is a favorite of New Yorkers and tourists; you can come here to exercise, dine, go to the zoo and more.
“Central Park is fantastic year-round, and is a must-see for anyone coming to New York," says Josephine Danielson, head concierge at the Four Seasons Hotel New York. "People may not realize Central Park has several hidden treasures. If you’re looking for something different, I tell guests to visit the Conservatory Garden."
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