An Art-Lover’s Guide to NYC

New York City is an international hub for renowned art institutes, galleries, exhibits, museums, and media; it is no surprise that the city often ranks number 1 on art-enthusiasts’ list of cities to visit. Here is a guide to our favorite art places to visit in New York.


Regardless of what neighborhood you find yourself stumbling upon, there will most likely always be a gallery nearby. Chelsea is home to many, including the internationally-located Gagosian Gallery and David Zwirner Gallery and the conceptualist-focused Gladstone Gallery. When in Chelsea, you must visit the Pace Gallery for the most ground-breaking exhibitions. The Lower East Side offers a selection of galleries, including the JTT Gallery where you are able to find the best of the most underrepresented artists. If you head towards the Upper East Side, search for Acquavella Galleries for a museum-like atmosphere and breathtaking art or the Half Gallery to scope out the most recent emerging artists. You may also find out the CLEARING in either the UES or across the water in Bushwick, Brooklyn.



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New York City is home to the most famous museums worldwide. A vacation to the city would not be complete without visiting these globally renowned destinations. Reserve a few hours of your day to spend strolling through the 17 acres of galleries housed at the classic Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Guggenheim Museum is just as architecturally pleasing as it is artistically impressive, home to international works of art dating back to the 19th century. Visit the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) to view the best of the most prominent artists such as Picasso, Cézanne, Rousseau and Van Gogh. We highly recommend exploring the MoMA PS1 located in Long Island City as well for even more contemporary art exhibits. The Whitney Museum of American Art is a fan favorite, located right at the entrance of the Chelsea High Line, focusing on the 20th century, cutting-edge works featuring architecture, photography, film, video and new media.


Street Art


New York is one the world’s top destination for street art. From Manhattan to Brooklyn, you will find in New York murals from renowned artists such as Banksy, Bué, or Kobra. To learn more about graffiti and street art in New York, read our dedicated blog post: The Best Places To See Graffiti in NYC.



The best way to meet fellow art lovers may be over a drink. New York is filled with art-infused entertainment venues, you just have to keep an eye out. Find Lovecraft in the East Village, a bar and live entertainment space filled with contemporary and street art pieces. Clockwork is another multi-purpose space with a more interactive touch. Graffiti fill the walls of this bar, and if you show up early enough with your own spray can, you can leave your mark here too.



If you plan to visit New York City with museums in mind, consider purchasing a New York City Pass,allowing you to save time and money during your stay.  If you are interested in finding more to do in New York City, search through our complete range of tours, attractions, and activities. We can also tailor-make programs specifically to match your desires and budgets. Harlem Spirituals is the ideal one-stop-shop to simplify your planning! Find more information on


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