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This iconic 5th Avenue museum is known for its influential collection of impressionist, modern and contemporary art, and for its unique architectural design. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the spiral formation of the building is recognized around the world. Since opening in 1959, the museum has continually expanded its collection, and each year features a number of important temporary exhibitions by some of the biggest names in art. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is a must-see for any visitor to New York with an interest in 20th-century art, and should be seen by all with an interest in architecture.
See the Guggenheim’s exterior as you exit Central Park, or make your way up 5th Avenue. Opened during the year of Frank Lloyd Wright’s death, the building would immediately become one of his best known. The spiraling floors are visible from both inside and out, and are an excellent photo opportunity.
Make your way through the seven floors by walking in a counterclockwise direction from the first floor. Here, you can see works by Picasso, Monet and Renoir, as well as regular traveling exhibitions from around the world. Guided tours are offered by museum educators and are a great way to learn about the history of the museum and the movements of 20th century art as seen through its collection.
The Guggenheim Museum is located opposite Central Park, on the corner of 5th Avenue and 88th street. Parking in the Upper East Side is expensive and difficult to find; however, the area is well served by cabs and public transportation. Visitors arriving by subway can use the 86th street station. The Guggenheim Museum is closed Thursdays. There is an admission fee to enter the museum, except for the last two hours of business on a Saturday, when there is a pay-what-you-like system.
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Located in Midtown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of 5th Avenue and Grand Central Terminal. Chrysler Building and St. Patrick's Cathedral are also within 10 minutes. Grand Central - 42 St. Station is 5 minutes by foot and 5 Av Station (W. 42nd St.) is 5 minutes.
Located in Midtown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Carnegie Hall, Central Park, and 5th Avenue. Columbus Circle and Ed Sullivan Theater are also within 10 minutes. 5 Av.-53 St. Station is only a 4-minute walk and 57 St. Station is 5 minutes.
Located in Midtown, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Times Square and Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Broadway and Central Park are also within 1 mi (2 km). 42 St. - Port Authority Bus Terminal Station is 8 minutes by foot and Port Authority Bus Terminal is 8 minutes.
Located in Upper East Side, this boutique hotel is within a 5-minute walk of The Jewish Museum, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, and 92nd Street Y. National Academy of Design Museum and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum are also within 10 minutes. 96 St. Station (Lexington Av.) is 8 minutes by foot and 86 St. Station (Lexington Av.) is 10 minutes.
Located in the heart of New York, this family-friendly hotel is steps from Metropolitan Opera House, Central Park, and Lincoln Center. Columbus Circle and Juilliard School are also within 10 minutes. 66 St. - Lincoln Center Station and 59 St. - Columbus Circle Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Upper East Side, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Central Park, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and Madison Avenue. Metropolitan Museum of Art and Lenox Hill Hospital are also within 15 minutes. 86 St. Station (Lexington Av.) is only a 2-minute walk and 96 St. Station (Lexington Av.) is 10 minutes.
Located in Upper West Side, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Central Park and American Museum of Natural History. Beacon Theater and Metropolitan Museum of Art are also within 1 mi (2 km). 81 St. - Museum of Natural History Station is only a 3-minute walk and 86 St. Station (Central Park West) is 8 minutes.
Located in Uptown, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Central Park, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and Mount Sinai Hospital. Metropolitan Museum of Art and Madison Avenue are also within 15 minutes. 96 St. Station (Lexington Av.) is 8 minutes by foot and 86 St. Station (Lexington Av.) is 10 minutes.