The Guggenheim Museum in New York: all you need to know about this museum of modern art!

Guggenheim Museum New York: historical reminder of this iconic museum

Despite its modern appearance, the Guggenheim Museum was opened on 21th October and it is the architect Frank Lloyd Wright who designed it. At the beginning, the name of this museum was The Museum of non-objective painting (museum of non-figurative painting in French).

During the 90s, this museum underwent some redevelopment to allow visitors to access all levels of the place.

In 2008 he was elected National Historic Landmark and seven years later, in 2015, it was placed in the list of Unesco World Heritage.

Today, the Guggenheim Museum in New York is an iconic place whose interior and exterior will impress you! In short, this museum is a work of art in itself!

Guggenheim Museum in New York: an exceptional place!

When you visit the Guggenheim Museum, you will simply be in awe of the incredible architecture of this building. Outside, the top of the monument is wider than the bottom and its rounded shape is reminiscent of a coffee cup. Moreover, this form has attracted some film directors since this museum was the setting for the famous film Men in Black.

If the exterior of the building is impressive, so is the interior. The structure is shaped like a helix and going up or down you can visit different rooms.

In total, the Guggenheim Museum consists of two blocks : a rotunda and a tower. It is lit by a well located in the center of the museum and whose top is made up of a very large glass roof.

The different collections exhibited in the museum

Before visiting the museum, you will need to drop off your personal belongings at the locker.

The works are exhibited in the rotunda and in the rooms. Temporary exhibitions can be found in the two blocks of the museum. As you'll see, there aren't really any floors in the museum: visitors start their tour at the top of the building and continue their discovery by following a ramp to street level. Throughout your journey, you can contemplate paintings by different artists.

The Guggenheim Museum has many permanent collections such as the Guggenheim Collection, the Thannhauser Collection and the Kandinsky Collection.

La Guggenheim Collection is located on level 3 and exhibits works by great artists such as Marc Chagall or Piet Mondriaan.

To admire the Collection Thannhauser, you will have to go down one level and go to the 2nd floor. The Thannahusers were German art dealers at the start of the XNUMXth century and this collection will show you works by great artists like Picasso, Cézanne and others.

La Kandinsky collection exhibits more than 150 paintings by this famous Russian painter. During your visit, keep your eyes wide open and don't miss any work!

Regarding temporary exhibitions, do not hesitate to consult the calendar on the official website of the museum. You will thus know which presentations are planned and if any of them interest you.

What other things to do at the Guggenheim Museum?

Besides the collections and exhibits, here's a rundown on other things to do and see in this museum:


After having discovered the different levels of the museum, you will undoubtedly be a little hungry. The Guggenheim Museum has it all covered! On site, you will find several restaurants to eat or have a snack.

At the third level, the 3 coffee is a cafeteria that offers sandwiches, cakes, hot drinks… But what is most pleasant about this cafe is its magnificent view over Central Park!

The Wright is another small restaurant located on the ground floor of the rotunda and is ideal if you want to eat in a small American restaurant.

Buy souvenirsIf you want to bring back a little souvenir from the museum, two shops are open on the ground floor and on level 5 of the tower.

How to visit the Guggenheim Museum in New York?

Entrance fee to the Guggenheim Museum

Entrance to the Guggenheim Museum costs 25$ per adult and 18$ for seniors (+65 years) and students. For children under 12, admission is free.

Solutions to buy tickets

If you would like to purchase your entrance ticket for the Guggenheim Museum, you can go to the museum ticket offices. But be aware that the lines are often long.

We therefore advise you to book them directly via the link below. You will have Skip-the-line tickets at the ticket office purchase price. You will not find cheaper on the Internet!

Another option is to buy a pass in which the Guggenheim Museum is located. Indeed, it is included in the three New York sightseeing passes: the New York Explorer Pass,  New York Pass and in the New York City Pass. With these three passes, you can make significant savings on the museum entrance fee and, thanks to their skip-the-line function, you will also avoid the long queues at the entrance. These passes will therefore save you precious time and money! Interesting points especially if you have planned to visit other points of interest and your schedule is busy!

Useful information before visiting the museum

Here are the things to consider before visiting the Guggenheim Museum:

Museum opening hours and address

Its opening hours

The Guggenheim Museum in New York is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 17:30 p.m. Tuesday and Saturday it is open from 10 a.m. to 20 p.m.

His address

The museum is located on Fifth Avenue. Its full address is Guggenheim Museum New York, 1071 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10128 (between 88th and 89th streets) as you can see on this map:

To get there, you can take subway lines 4, 5 or 6 to 86th Street station.

The Guggenheim Museum is an iconic place of contemporary and modern art. If you like this type of art, this museum will please you, but if you are not passionate about it, do not hesitate to pass by this place to admire its unique and very atypical architecture. It is simply spectacular!

Other museums worth seeing:

  • Moma de New York
  • Natural History Museum
  • The dish
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