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Museum of Arts and Design

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Address: 2 Columbus Circle, New York City, NY 10019
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Excellent unknown gem

The docents are fabulous and give great tours. Come on Thursday nights for pay what you wish nights. I love their unique and excellent gift shop.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Scott W
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The docents are fabulous and give great tours. Come on Thursday nights for pay what you wish nights. I love their unique and excellent gift shop.

Thank Scott W
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When we visited MAD four years ago, we noted with regret that there was only one exhibition. No such complaint this time: there were six, as all four gallery floors were occupied. I particularly liked the porcelain by Chris Antemann, and the show of Peter Voulkos's pottery in the 1950s and 1960s, "The Breakthrough Years," but the other exhibitions were... More 

Thank operalover939
Paris, France
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A nice and quite small museum. Interesting exhibitions but the best is their giftshop! Such varied and exquisite items!

Thank ds_robinet_kaloya
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2016

The Museum of Arts and Design provides a welcome relief from the hustle and bustle of New York City. It is a relatively small museum, but has some extremely interesting exhibits that celebrates high end 'craft'. One floor was dedicated to the extraordinary work of two female artists who create coral from crocheted material. Although this sounds odd, it was... More 

Thank Kathryn B
Tauranga, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2016 via mobile

Wandered in no agenda , surprised and happy we visited Porcelain art Adam and Eve in a must see adventure . Coral reef uncovered , math,geometry, and knitting

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016

We actually met a friend for breakfast at the restaurant in this museum ("Robert' on the 9th floor). We decided to stay after eating to tour the museum and I was pleasantly surprised by the variety and quality of the exhibits. There were exhibits of fiber arts, ceramics, jewelry, and glassware, all of which stretched my concept of art and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2016

This is a greta little museum- devoted to high end crafts: ceramics, jewellery, fabric etc. There are artists studios for work in progress and then several floor of exhibitions- often with an international twist. Works always well curated and explained. very reasonably entry. And a great shop with high quality crafts. (Plus a very nice restaurant with fab views over... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2016

If you are looking for a museum that doesn't just hang framed canvas on the wall, this is the place! The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) concentrates on unique artwork and emphasizes texture and 3D creativity. Conveniently located just off Columbus Circle, don't forget to stop upstairs at Robert (in-house restaurant) for spectacular views before you leave the building.... More 

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Scranton, PA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2016 via mobile

I visit NYC regularly and always fit in a trip to a museum or art gallery. I've been to all the major art museums several times (MET, MoMa, Guggenheim, etc) and think they are great, but this place is amazing in its own right. We wanted to try something new and stumbled upon this museum by chance. I thought the... More 

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Burlington, Vermont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

While I've eaten at Robert, the excellent restaurant on the top floor of the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) building, I'd never been to the museum before. I loved the easy accessibility of this smaller, but well-worth-the-trip institution. You could take the stairs (which we did) or elevator to get to each floor. The exhibits were unique and lush,... More 

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