Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Inside the Guggenheim Museum

The Guggenheim Museum in New York is one of the most significant architectural icons of the 20th century, that you should not miss to visit when you are in the city.

Designed by Andrew Lloyd Wright, this “temple of spirit” – how Hilla Rebay, the first director of the museum, wanted it to be – opened to the public on October 21, 1959.

Committed to innovation, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation collects, preserves, and interprets modern and contemporary art, and explores ideas across cultures through dynamic curatorial and educational initiatives and collaborations. The exhibitions are accompanied by interesting tours, events and digital guides.

I was there last weekend and visited the exhibition “Gathering” from the Brooklyn-born artist Alex Katz. It shows his work over eight decades and is on view until February, 20th 2023. So, you will have some time to come to New York.

Next to timed exhibitions you should visit the Thannhauser Collection. This major gift from collector and art dealer Justin K. Thannhauser (1892–1976) shows masterpieces from the Guggenheim’s collection, including works by Degas, Manet, Van Gogh, and more.

The facts

The Guggenheim New York is located at 1071 Fifth Avenue (between 88th and 89th Streets). You should buy timed tickets in advance and you can easily plan your visit online.

You also can save money with New York CityPASS, New York Explorer Pass, and New York Pass and there are a few more ways to save on the museum’s discounts page.

My personal tip: Every Saturday, from 6–8 pm, you can pay what you wish for admission. Suggested admission is $10, minimum is $1. There can be long lines but it is worth a try.

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