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Museum of Arts and Design

2 Columbus Circle, New York City, NY 10019 (Manhattan)
212.299.7777
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Ranked #115 of 858 Attractions in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Art Museums
Traveler Description: The Museum of Arts & Design has moved to a newly renovated building on Columbus Circle. The floors are on the small side for square footage but... more »
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112 reviews 112 reviews
30 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

It's not a huge museum so it doesn't take a ton of time to go through, but we were stunned by some of its pieces. Just fantastic. The permanent collecting was great, gift shop had lots of cool stuff and the rotating exhibit was really engaging. Be sure you take the stairs - there is some really cool glass art... More

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Houston
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10 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 via mobile

This is a very weird museum, with strange and offbeat things to see. Lots of things made by local people, schools, etc. Okay for something to do, but certainly on a lower priority list of things to see or do in NYC. Nice building. Restaurant is good but pricey.

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New York, NY
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The title says it all. This museum is a real gem. I am an NYC resident, work next door and am there once a month at least. (my membership is well worth it) The building is gorgeous, the art is really unique and their permanent collection is beautifully displayed. (this was not the case at their former location across from... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This museum has reasonably interesting art. Nothing too fresh or innovative, but it's a decent place to spend an afternoon. I wouldn't choose this one over other museums, but I don't regret visiting it. The shop is cool to see as well, and overall you can navigate this one pretty quickly.

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Durham, North Carolina
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11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We were caught here when the blizzard started and it was a wonderful place to hide from the weather. Very informative of how technology is changing the art world.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We had high hopes for this visit. Unfortunately the vast majority of art displayed is crap. My eye isn't untrained (I went to art school), yet I only found a handful of pieces worth of praise. Certainly not worth the $16. The gift shop was the best part of the museum, and you can enter for free.

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Dunedin, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Imagine seeing decorative items uniquely modern New York in the iconic Columbus Circle: textiles, jewelry. glass, wood , ironwork and even paper. Watch artists at work; enjoy a meal overlooking COLUMBUS himself and Central Park especially in the fall as the leaves turn. Take a tour and you will make astonishing discoveries and keep saying "i Didn't know that!"

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Richmond, Virginia
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This has become our first stop Museum now, with it's great permanent collection and it's interesting changing exhibits. It never fails to illicit a Wow, from us. They have a nice restaurant and gift shop, too.

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Massachusetts
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I've been to NYC quite a bit and had never been to this museum. Worth every penny of admission. The main exhibit at the time was using 3-d technology in modern art. Wonderful stuff!

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Montpellier, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

It you are interested in seeing contemporary art, craft and design that transcends simple classification and which is less about the perceived value of 'high' art, this is a fun spot to go to and such a nice size to not feel overwhelmed in. There is a subtlety to the political and cultural reflection in these under-rated mediums. I am... More

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