Location: 1071 Fifth Ave., New York
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is one of New York’s finest and most famous, jam-packed with a wide assortment of Impressionist, post-Impressionist and other modernist artwork.
The landmark museum building itself (completed 1959) is impressive enough, designed by the legendary Frank Lloyd Wright. The edifice has been described as an “upside-down teacup,” and kids love to traipse up and down the spiral ramp. But the real magic is beyond the front door.
Works on display at the museum include art by Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Paul Klee, Paul Gauguin, Paul Cezanne and other famed artists from the late 19th century to the modern era. In addition to the permanent collection, special exhibits are offered on a regular basis. They might concentrate on the art of Russia or the work of Robert Maplethorpe. There’s always something new on tap.
Audio tours are available. At least half a day should be devoted to your visit. Lunch is available in the Museum Café, which offers light meals and highly praised desserts.