Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
3.5
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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The circular Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building is as much of a draw as the museum's collection of modern art.
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Neighborhood: Upper East Side
Combining quiet residential neighborhoods that have easy access to Central Park with world-famous cultural institutions, the Upper East Side is one of the most livable places in the city. Along beautiful Fifth Avenue, you’ll find Museum Mile, which houses many of the nation's most famous attractions in a single stretch, like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum. Walk a few blocks into the neighborhood, and you’ll come to Park Avenue, the poshest address in the city, lined with grand apartment buildings as far as the eye can see. Even if you can’t afford the luxury goods along Madison Avenue, it’s still a great spot to window shop an afternoon away.
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  • 86th St • 6 min walk
  • 96th St • 10 min walk
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  • Jack
    Old Bethpage, New York3,155 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Museum!
    The museum is so cool! The outside of the museum itself is a piece of art. Although I didn’t really like the artist who was currently on display (GEGO), I liked the museum in general. My favorite was the modern French art section, which had paintings by Picasso, Van Gogh, Monet, Degas, etc. There is also a cafe in the museum where I got a fresh fruit cup to refresh. On the top floors, there are Timelapses by Sarah Sze that are very cool and modern. And from anywhere in the museum, you can see the gorgeous ceiling and the ground floor. I highly recommend!
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 10, 2023
  • Martin J
    Windsor, United Kingdom56 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great family visit - not too short, not too long
    Great building - architecture invites you into the building as you progress up the various levels. For a family it was just about the right length as the 4 of us took between 60 - 90 minutes each to experience everything. Especially enjoyed the thematic nature, interactive photography (they actually ask you to use them for a couple of the exhibits) and the special Korean exhibition.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 31, 2023
  • NikaNumber1
    Royal Oak, Michigan8,570 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Going Dark. Korean art exhibit from the 1960-1970s too.
    It's good we got here when we did, as they are only open until 6PM today. Went Dark here at the Gugg for the day. I do enjoy the flow of this museum up the spiral gradual ramp. We did want to get a refreshment at the end of the visit, but they blocked it from guests well after 4PM and far enough from closing. It's good there are kiosks selling water and beverages right up front. I bought a Going Dark cap, several postcards for family and some blank card notes with the New Yorker magazine themed for my brother. Around $60 for entry and another $58 for postcards and a cap. A unique museum featuring mostly modern art. Houses some famous pieces as well or perhaps on loan.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 3, 2023
  • Ross M.
    Los Angeles, California101 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum, great disvovery
    This museum is a gem! I hadn’t planned to go there, because it’s not a very famous activity when you look for things to do in New York. Turned out it’s a beautiful, modern, well structured, estoneshing and surprising museum which is worth it! I recommend it, either you’re an art passionate or not, you’re gonna like it !
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 25, 2023
  • Piero C
    Annapolis, Maryland646 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go to the Frick instead
    The experience here surely varies with the exhibitions on view, but these in the main trace the execrable arc of the last 60 years, so one is forced to rely on the foundational Thannhauser’s impressive collection of early modernists to justify a visit over, say, the Frick; unfortunately, it cannot be said the collection displayed justifies such a choice, being rather thin in many facets. There was no Klee, no Austrians, few Germans, and a lot of second rate works by first rate Frenchmen, plus some early Picasso. Faced with the crowds and the annoying Wright design, which forces the viewer to undergo a linear experience, I would much have preferred to spend this time at a better museum.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 30, 2023
  • RonL40
    Utica, New York3,596 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular Going Dark exhibition
    The current Going Dark exhibition is a fascinating take by dozens of artists on the idea of personal visibility (and invisibility) without our culture. Wonderful work by well-known artists like Carrie Ann Weems, Kerry James Marshall, Henry Willis Thomas, Glenn Ligon, Faith Ringgold and many other artists who may be revelations to you. And, of course, the permanent Thannhauser Collection is worth a visit itself for anyone interested in art of the early modernists.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 12, 2024
  • Rich B
    Allen, Texas324 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not For Me
    I visited the Guggenheim today. I started on floor six and worked my way down. The most positive thing I can say is that it was definitely not my cup of tea. I thought most of the displayed “pieces of art” were depressing…which I guess was the point. Getting a cab outside the museum was quite easy.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 9, 2024
  • Razorfish
    Little Rock, Arkansas5,293 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    My family had a race to reach the top of the spiral of exhibits at the Guggenheim
    My wife and I visited the Guggenheim with our daughter, son-in-law, and three grandsons during a visit to NYC this past summer. We didn’t get to thoroughly enjoy the exhibits because our group hurriedly went up the spiral outside exhibits not giving us sufficient time to absorb the different artwork. But still there were some pieces that I really enjoyed.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 18, 2024
  • ONomade
    Singapore, Singapore24 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Iconic building, but artwork collection modest
    Guggenheim has a great atmosphere, but despite the landmark building with plenty of space, the artwork collection on display is relatively modest. Some of the artworks are fantastic, e.g. one could stare at Kandinsky’s Blue Mountain for an hour, but the layout and space beg for more (and the Blue Mountain begs for a bench in front of it). My recommendation would be to visit The Met and MoMA first. If you choose to visit Guggenheim, do check out the museum shop though.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written July 2, 2024
  • TarHeel
    Durham, North Carolina1,122 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Iconic Building, Sparse Art Displays
    Of all the museums we visited in NYC, unfortunately this was the most disappointing. Sure the Frank Lloyd Wright design is iconic but the artwork inside was rather sparse and a lot of it just didn't interest us. We thought it would be best to take an elevator up to the top and then walk down the spiral. While that was a good idea, we missed the description of the artist and exhibit since it was down on the lower level. There is a nice room with a lot of recognizable artists (I think it was called the Tannhauser collection) but other than that, we were done a lot quicker than I thought we'd be. We got a little discount by using a CityPass package, and I'm glad we visited but I don't think we'll be back.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 17, 2024
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Tony D
Aberdeen, UK464 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
What a disappointment. Currently half the building is shut including the spiral staircase. Only 3 floors are open and there is very little art work on show. It takes very little time to see round and despite a reduction in ticket price , it still is not worth the money. The best bit by far is the Frank Lloyd Wright designed building but we wasted a fair amount of money taking a taxi to it. Wait until it reopens
Written February 12, 2020
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jeremy s
London, UK808 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
While the museum was in the middle of a rehang, the staff were very quick to explain what was, and wasn’t on show, with a reduced admission price. Lovely little exhibits of 1960s minimalism and color field paintings as well as the Thannhauser collection. Shop overpriced.
Written January 22, 2020
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Marco Buratti
Mondavio, Italy644 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
I went on the "name your price" day and time since I was not really interested in this kind of art but more on the building.
This Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece is something you must visit while in New York.
I was very disappointed by the fact that the exhibition starts from the bottom of the spiral even if the architect's concept for the building is to take the lift and visit it from the top to the bottom. I just did the exhibition reverse since I was more interested in the building.
Written January 9, 2020
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Jason S
Arlington, MA757 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We went for the architecture, and that did not disappoint. I have the LEGO version at home and it was great to experience the atrium IRL. However, there was very little art, as the entire building was dedicated to a special exhibit “Countryside, The Future” — unlike some other reviews here, I found it less heavy-handed on the climate change front than I expected after we arrived (though that was there, as it should be) and I learned some interesting things along the way. But it wasn’t what I expected and definitely not for everybody - especially if you were geared up to look at some art! Two rooms from their permanent collection were all they had on display. Although I enjoyed it to some degree, I would not recommend it above the other museums I have visited in NYC.
Written March 9, 2020
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Amy C
Springfield, MA417 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
From what I had learned about this museum in the past was that they used to have thousands of art pieces all along the walls of the spiral ramp. That is all gone. One floor had a very small collection of French Impressionistic paintings, another floor had a temporary exhibit of photographic nudes, another floor had a display of nooses and ugly Jackson Pollock paintings, and finally another floor had a room full of pandemic-era artwork by local elementary school students! I paid $25 to look at artwork by kids when they were stuck at home??? Really? This is what the Guggenheim is offering patrons? If I wanted to look at artwork by 3rd graders, I could have just stayed home and looked at the walls of my own kids’ rooms! Now, let’s compare the art of elementary school kids to Jackson Pollock, who, in his madness, just sloshed cans of paint on to canvas laid on his garage floor. I’m no fan, obviously. But, really Guggenheim, maybe you should charge everyone a donation fee because $25 is excessive to look at artwork by local 2nd and 3rd graders.
Written June 13, 2021
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slychris43@gmail.com
Montpellier, France49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
At the start of our five week return to NYC we decided to tackle the Guggenheim first. It has changed in presentation since last visit fifteen years ago. I believe for the better. On entry there was no queue for us so able to get access immediately and started at the top floor to descend slowly looking at the display. The arrangement is that there was a temporary expo of paintings and sculptures selected by established artists, not of their work but that which has inspired them or that they like. Some examples well known, other for us not known at all. A great opportunity for us to see.
We found it very stimulating and it should be a good example for other galleries to follow to expose where sources have commenced or been influenced. Well worth seeing but I think finished already. The permanent collection remains available too, in the extension. An enjoyable visit at the start of our trip.
Written January 14, 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at the Guggenheim and making us a part of your NYC trip. We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed the exhibition. We look forward to your next visit!
Written February 7, 2020
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Michael N
Berkeley, CA103 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I like modern art museums, and I saw some fantastic Chagalls and Kandinskys, which are some of my favorites when I go to art museums. But there was significant renovation going on, and there were only 3 rooms open in the whole museum. What I saw was decent, but not amazing, and it probably would have been cooler if it wasn't under renovation...though to be honest, I'm a bit skeptical about just how much.

Honestly, the most exciting part of my visit was realizing it was the building Will Smith ran up to catch the alien in the beginning of Men in Black.
Written January 15, 2020
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Pamela A
Hampshire, UK93 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Unfortunately a lot of the museum was closed whilst they were setting up a new display but what we saw was quite interesting. I wouldn’t bother visiting again. The coffee was awful and again as seems every where in New York in plastic or paper cups.
Written February 13, 2020
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,451 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
The Guggenheim Museum is without doubt the most interesting building in New York City. The Chrysler Building is distinctive and the Empire State Building may be more popular, but no other building shows the imagination of Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim Museum, The Guggenheim is the triumph of Modernism, both in its construction and collection. The collection ranges from Impressionism to Contemporary art. The fascinating aspect of the building is that it is larger on top than it is at the base. it resembles a ribbon. Frank Lloyd Wright was the consummate exponent of architectural Modernism, and this was his crowning achievement. The Guggenheim Museum is in the Upper East Side of New York City, on Fifth Avenue. Solomon Guggenheim's ambition, of promoting the appreciation of Modern Art, has been exceeded; the Modern is now mainstream.
Written June 2, 2021
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thismike
West New York, NJ123 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Of all the museums and galleries we've visited in New York, this one was the most disappointing. The architecture was interesting and maybe worth seeing. The rest was just so-so. Staff weren't really excited to be there, the displays were boring. They had a couple side exhibits with some art that were actually the best parts of the place.
Written February 29, 2020
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