New York - Cultural Destinations

New York City's museums and galleries help make it a capital of the arts.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the best-known, with its popular Egyptian Galleries and famous works by Van Gogh, Sergeant and Monet. The Met also includes a smaller gallery of medieval art and architecture, called the Cloisters, located in Fort Tryon Park, at the northern tip of Manhattan.

The Museum of Modern Art's vast collection includes Van Gogh's The Starry Night, one of the most reproduced paintings ever, and Picasso's seminal Les Demoiselles d'Avignon.

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is one of New York's most interesting buildings. Art is displayed on the wall along a spiral ramp six stories high.

The Brooklyn Museum specializes in international and feminist art.

The Studio Museum in Harlem is one of the best places to see African-American art, including the photography of James VanDerZee, who documented life in black New York for 50 years.

Though private galleries can be found from Harlem to Brooklyn's DUMBO neighborhood, the highest concentration is in Chelsea, where about 200 are packed into the space between 19th and 28th streets and 10th and 11th avenues.

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