New York is a great city for art lovers and is home to many internationally acknowledged art museums as well. Here, we are going to talk about some of the best known art museums around New York City.
by Jason Eppink
- Opus 40 Sculpture Park and Museum
(Distance from NYC: 113 miles)
Opus 40 is the imagination of one man, Harvey Fite, who worked on the site for around 37 years. The location which was previously known as the site for the legendary Woodstock was then transformed by Fite into an awe inspiring labyrinth of bluestone blocks that have been fitted together in a technique which was first used by the ancient Mayans. Opus 40 resembles the same mysterious vibe of the Mayan temples and also houses a museum.
- Storm King Art Center, New Windsor, New York
(Distance from NYC: 58 miles)
When it comes to day trips, most New Yorkers go for Storm King Art Museum. The arts destination offers over 100 outdoor sculptures, which also includes some famous pieces from the likes of artists, Louise Nevelson, Alice Aycock, Alexander Calder, Ursula Von Rydingsvard and Mark Si Suvern.
- The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut
(Distance from NYC: 52 miles)
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is Connecticut’s only art museum. The museum, which is housed in an 18th century Church, was founded by collector Larry Aldrich in 1964. The art museum recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. Some of the famous works that have been on display are by Ree Morton and the four Roberts, Indiana, Smithson, Rauschenberg and Morris, these men built the cornerstones of the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum when it first started.
- Dia: Beacon, Beacon, New York
(Distance from NYC: 61 miles)
Housed in a former box-printing factory, the Dia Art Foundation’s upstate museum attracts art lovers in droves with some of the most compelling works of art in NYC. This is the place where art lovers get to admire works by Andy Warhol, Louise Bourgeois and John Chamberlain, just to name a few. If you are a lover of contemporary art then this is definitely the place for you.
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- The Philip Johnson Glass House, New Canaan, Connecticut
(Distance from NYC: 42 miles)
The Philip Johnson Glass House or Johnson House is a work of art and an icon of modern architecture. The art house was built in 1949 and the site was declared a national historic landmark in 1997. The surroundings and landscaping are amazing. Apart from tours, the place also hosts a variety of art exhibitions throughout the year.
- Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut
(Distance from NYC: 75 miles)
The Yale University Art Gallery is credited for being the oldest university art museum of the Western Hemisphere. Founded in the 1830s, the Yale University Art Gallery looks quite new these days, especially after its 14-year renovation and expansion project which cost the institution around $135 million. The project was completed in 2012.
The institution does not charge an admission fee, so art fans get to enjoy its encyclopedic art collection which ranges from impressionism to contemporary, to some of its more special exhibitions which tend to be exceptionally well researched and revelatory as well.
- Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, New York
(Distance from NYC: 41 miles)
The Katonah Museum of Art was founded back in 1953 and is a non collecting museum which is located north of New York City. The KMA organizes around ten to twelve art exhibitions throughout the year. This lovely modernist museum has a great art collection along with a lovely gift shop as well. The museum is known for organizing both solo and group art exhibitions in all media. While the museum is relatively small, housing only two exhibit rooms, it does offer a wide variety of displays throughout the year.
Artists toil away for years just so their works of art can be seen and appreciated long after they are gone. These were some of the top art destinations near New York City which will definitely be worth your while.