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 Museum Mile 

New York's mammoth Metropolitan Museum of Art (www.metmuseum.org) anchors this multifaceted arts district bordering the eastern edge of Central Park, officially encompassing nine museums set along Fifth Avenue between 82nd and 105th streets. Of course there's no way you can tackle all nine during a brief visit, so take your time and savor a small subset of the many treasures that Museum Mile has to offer, with leisurely strolls along Fifth Avenue between museum visits. In addition to the Met, this extraordinary gathering of cultural institutions includes:

  • El Museo del Barrio, devoted to the art and cultures of Latin America and the Caribbean (www.elmuseo.org)
  • The Jewish Museum, chronicling 4,000 years of Jewish culture (www.thejewishmuseum.org)
  • The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, a branch of the Smithsonian Institution housed in the former mansion of early 20th-century industrialist Andrew Carnegie (www.ndm.si.edu)
  • The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, a small and engaging museum of modern art housed in a unique spiraling space designed by Frank Lloyd Wright (www.guggenheim.org)
  • The Neue Galerie New York, a museum of early 20th-century German and Austrian art and design, with a charming Viennese-style cafe inside (www.neuegalerie.org)

Also on the Upper East Side -- though not officially part of the Museum Mile -- are the Frick Collection (www.frick.org), a lovely early 20th-century mansion housing a small but impressive collection of European fine and decorative art; and the Whitney Museum of American Art (www.whitney.org), home to an ever-expanding collection of 20th and 21st-century works.



 


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