Time with my family, finishing my uni semester and managing to squeeze in some work made the Brazil trip a success but alas, it’s time to head back home. Well, a quick stop off in one of my fav cities en route though. NYC!
This time thought, it was only a quick visit and I decided to focus my limited time on museums! The chosen ones this time were MoMA and the American Museum Of Natural History. Last time I pretty much covered all of the touristy points and I was glad I managed to as when I arrived in NY this time it was so cold! It’s winter now so the wind and temperature are not the best for outdoor activities, which make spending the entire day in a museum a pretty attractive option.
MoMA (Museum Of Modern Art) is one of the largest and most influential museums of modern art in the world, MoMA’s collection offers an overview of modern and contemporary art, including works of architecture and design, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, prints, illustrated books and artist’s books, film, and electronic media. The MoMA Library includes approximately 300,000 books and exhibition catalogs, over 1,000 periodical titles, and over 40,000 files of ephemera about individual artists and groups. The archives holds primary source material related to the history of modern and contemporary art. My highlights from MoMa came from Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol.
AMNH (American Museum Of Natural History) is one of the largest museums in the world! the museum complex comprises 28 interconnected buildings housing 45 permanent exhibition halls, in addition to a planetarium and a library. The museum collections contain over 33 million specimens of plants, animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, meteorites, human remains, and human cultural artifacts, of which only a small fraction can be displayed at any given time, and occupies more than 2,000,000 square feet (190,000 m2). The one mission statement of the American Museum of Natural History is: “To discover, interpret, and disseminate—through scientific research and education—knowledge about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe.” My favourite exhibitions were the fossils (pretty sure it’s one of everyone’s favourites).
I also went to The MET (Metropolitan Museum Of Art) on a previous visit so thought I’d point out that it’s also a must go. You can find more about that in my New York, New York – Part 1 post. All 3 museums are amazing and so worth the trip! If museums are your thing then make sure these are in you plans while visiting the Big Apple.
Vincent Van Gogh
American Museum Of Natural History