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New York Museums

New York City Museum Guide
The world famous museums - Morgan Library, Frick Collection, the Whitney, and Guggenheim offer its visitors thousand art masterpieces from ancient to renaissance to modern art. Even though most of museums are located in Manhattan, there are a few museums in other boroughs: in Brooklyn - Brooklyn Museum of Art, best known for its consistently remarkable temporary exhibitions; in Queens - Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum and Queens Museum of Art, which is temporal home for Museum of Modern Art (since main MoMA is closed for renovation till 2005).
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Metropolitan Museum of Art
Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the great museums of the world. In formation since 1870, the Metropolitan Museum's collection now contains more than two million works of art. Among the collection are Egyptian, Greek and Roman art, Eastern art and antiquities, European and Oriental paintings and sculpture, arms and armor, musical instruments and photographs, arts from Africa, Oceania and the Americas; modern art, ancient glass, European and American decorative arts. The museum's roof garden features modern sculptures and provides a vantage point overlooking Central Park, Fifth Avenue and Upper West Side.
Hours: Friday, Saturday 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Tuesday - Thursday, Sunday 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Closed Monday
Upper East Side
61000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
Phone: 212-535-7710
Solomon R.Guggenheim Museum
The domed white circular section of the building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright breaks the rectilinear grid of Manhattan and creates an interesting visual effect. The designer conceived of its curving, continuous space as a "temple of spirit" where viewers could foster a new way of looking. In addition to the permanent collection, the museum exhibits late 19th- and early 20th- century and contemporary paintings and sculpture.
Hours: Saturday - Wednesday 10 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Closed Thursday
Upper East Side
1071 5th Avenue (at 89th Street)
Phone: 212-423-3500
American Museum of Natural History
The Museum is home to the world's largest collection of vertebrate fossils, totaling nearly one million specimens. Six fossil halls with more than 600 specimens trace the development of vertebrates & feature interactive exhibits. The Museum's fossil halls display the specimens according to evolutionary relationships, dramatically illustrating the complex branches of the tree of life, in which animals are grouped according to their shared physical characteristics. Culture halls offer an extensive collection of cultural artifacts amassed over more than a century, including the groundbreaking work of American Indian, Asian, Pacific islanders, South American and the Aztec and Mayan empires. An IMAX theater shows films about natural, scientific and anthropological subjects.
Hours: Open daily 10 am-5:45 pm
Upper West Side
Central park West at 79 Street
Phone: 212-769-5100