New York is known for its many cultural attractions.


  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art contains artwork from all periods and geographic locations. The glass-enclosed Temple of Dendur, which overlooks Central Park, is breathtaking. In addition to an impressive permanent collection, there are usually 4-5 special exhibitions. The Costume Institute downstairs curates new exhibits about twice a year. The Cloisters, located in Fort Tryon Park, overlooks the Hudson River. The collection, which includes a small chapel and various artifacts, incorporates elements from five medieval French cloisters. It is far from the main Metropolitan building but worth a trek.
  • The Frick Collection is an art museum located on the Upper East Side, housed in the former mansion of steel magnate Henry Clay Frick. It is a small but high-quality art museum, with well-known old master paintings and other artwork housed in 16 galleries.
  • The Guggenheim was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and features modern art.
  • The Whitney Museum has an outstanding collection of American art, including Edward Hopper and John Currin.
  • The Brooklyn Museum was started when Brooklyn was its own city. It has a collection to rival its Manhattan neighbors and hosts First Saturdays, a day of free museum admission and fun activities on the 1st Saturday of each month. Next door is a botanical garden and library.


  • The Morgan Library, originally designed by famous NY architect Charles McKim at the turn of the century, was recently renovated by famous Italian architect Renzo Piano. It was founded to house the private collection of JP Morgan.
  • The New York Public Library, on Fifth Avenue, is a Beaux Arts building flanked by its two famous lion statues. It is one of the largest library collections in the world.


  • Lincoln Center features opera (by the Metropolitan Opera and City Opera), ballet performances (New York City Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre, and music (the NY Philharmonic, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center). It is also home to the famous performance school, Juilliard.


  • No visit to NYC would be complete without going to see this uniquely American artform combining song and dance. You can get discounted Broadway tickets at the TKTs booth in Times Square.