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Best museums and art galleries in New York

New York City is well-known for having the best of everything; shopping, sites, restaurants, and most importantly its legendary arts scene. New York City has some of the best museums in the world, and anyone coming to New York City should pay them a visit.

There is a variety of arts destination that will cater to all artistic tastes. There's something for everyone; modern art, classic artwork, crafts, and folk art. There are even museums children will thoroughly enjoy. Here is the top 10 list of arts destination in New York City.

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Metropolitan Museum of Art

The most well-known New York City museum is undoubtedly the Metropolitan Museum of Art, or the Met as it is known by the locals. This museum carries the most comprehensive encyclopedic art collection in the world. It has artwork from every continent and from every time period including Ancient Egyptian art, European decorative arts, Islamic art, even medieval and American sculptures. This museum is huge and is definitely worth a visit or maybe two if you have the time.

Museum of Modern Art

The second destination for anyone who wants to discover New York City's rich arts scene is the Museum of Modern Art which only started out with 8 pieces of art, and now boasts over 10,000 sculptures, paintings, drawings, photographs and more. The museum known as MoMa to locals also has a huge collection of over 4 million still films, and 14,000 films. There are always captivating exhibits that deal with current events that are worth a visit.

Solomon R. Guggenheim museum

The next place to hit is the Solomon R. Guggenheim museum which showcases art from popular international artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. This museum has a unique shape like a round upside down teacup and was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The building is just as interesting to explore as are the art collections and exhibits.

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Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum

Another must stop for anyone visiting New York City is Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum which features very lifelike and perfectly crafted wax figures of over 200 famed celebrities and artists. This museum first opened in London in 1835 and now has representations in Las Vegas, Amsterdam, Hong Kong and now New York City.

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

If you want to experience the best of performing arts in New York City, then no place is more beautiful than the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. This place is not just an arts venue, it's an entire 16.3 acres neighborhood dedicated to the New York City art and is the world's leading performance center. The Lincoln Center encompasses the famed Julliard School, the New York City Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Ballet and the School of American Ballet. This breathtakingly beautiful section of New York combines performing arts and education, and is a must-see on anyone's list when visiting New York City.

Whitney Museum of American Art

If you want to experience an incredible collection of American Art, then look no further than the Whitney Museum of American Art. This venue offers over 18,000 photographs, drawings, sculptures and decorative arts from over 2,400 artists from the 20th and 21st centuries. The museum focuses on collections of living artists and introducing new and upcoming talent through its Annual and Biennial exhibitions. The Whitney pays special attention to teens and children and offers great media specifically for them.

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Children's Museum for the Arts

If you want to visit another museum that children will enjoy, then head over to the Children's Museum for the Arts. This museum seeks to stimulate children through interactive visuals and performing arts. There are many interactive exhibits that encourage children to paint their own paintings, make their own sculptures, and learn to express themselves through acting. This brightly-colored museum is also very active within the New York City school community, organizing contests, and featuring artwork from local students.

The American Folk Art Museum

The American Folk Art Museum is also a wonderful museum to visit. It features traditional folk art in its many forms from the 18th Century onward. The museum has a high quality collection of folk paintings, pottery, furniture and rugs from the United States and abroad, and there are always interesting exhibitions to visit focusing on various art forms such as quilt making through time.

The American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History is the next stop for anyone visiting New York City. This magnificent museum, which is one of the most visited tourist sites in New York City, features an imposing architecture that is a sight in itself, and children will love it. The museum has a vast collection of millions of artifacts spanning anthropology, zoology, geology, astronomy and much more from various regions of the world. With four floors of gallery space, it's impossible to take it all in one day, but it definitely worth a visit.

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Paley Center for Media

If you want a unique museum experience, head over to the Paley Center for Media, formerly known as the Museum for Television and Radio. This venue offers an amazing collection of various media content from TV, radio, and internet. Instead of galleries, this museum has many screening rooms and a collection of over 120,000 TV shows commercials and radio programs that showcase the evolving American media landscape.