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Places to Go in NYC: Art Museums You Can Enjoy From Home

New York City is famous for its art museums, among the top places to go on a visit here. When you're planning a trip you can get a virtual preview from home of some of the amazing artwork awaiting you. From the Guggenheim to the Brooklyn Museum to a 360° tour of the Met.

Virtual Tours: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

The Guggenheim Museum is Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece of modern architecture. Completed in 1959 (after 16 years of construction), the Guggenheim is home to one of the world's finest collections of modern and contemporary art, including works by artists such as Kandinsky, Picasso, and Pollock, plus intriguing special exhibitions. Hear the story of the building's history—and learn a few secrets—on a guided tour from "99% Invisible" podcast host Roman Mars and museum staff. Or check out the plan your visit video above. 1071 Fifth Ave., 212-423-3500, guggenheim.org

Virtual Tours: The Brooklyn Museum

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Brooklyn Bridge/Georgia O'Keeffe

Brooklyn has become a tourist destination to rival Manhattan, complete with its own world-class institution: the Brooklyn Museum. Just 20 minutes from Manhattan you’ll find a priceless collection that will surprise you with its range, from ancient Egypt to European masterpieces to a feast of decorative art. Swing by Google Arts & Culture to enjoy selections from temporary exhibitions and the permanent collection200 Eastern Pkwy., 718-638-5000, brooklynmuseum.org

Virtual Tours: The Met Museum

met museum virtual tour

The Met Museum displays some of the greatest cultural treasures in the world, representing every category of art from just about every country from every time period from the Stone Age to the present. The museum houses some of the finest American art in the world, as well as an impressive collection of European, Greco-Roman, and Ancient Egyptian art. Visit The Met 360° Project to virtually experience the museum's art and architecture through a series of six video shorts that make use of spherical 360° technology. 1000 Fifth Ave., 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org

Virtual Tours: The Frick Collection

Frick Collection
What if you could tour the home of an art collector? You’d see masterpieces hanging inside beautiful interiors and peek in on the life of someone with impeccable taste. That’s exactly what you get at The Frick Collection. This mansion on Fifth Avenue formerly housed Pittsburgh industrialist Henry Clay Frick (1849-1919) and in addition to its gorgeous Gilded Age interiors, the house contains Frick’s own collection of fine art. The paintings and sculptures on display include works by Bellini, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Gainsborough, Goya, and Whistler. You can go on a virtual tour of the Frick, showing off the collection and the elegant ways the art is placed within the mansion. 1 E. 70th St., 212-288-0700, frick.org

Virtual Tours: The Morgan Library & Museum

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The Morgan Library & Museum in Midtown East is the former home of Gilded Age financier John Pierpont Morgan and it's filled with fine art and rare books in its lavish interiors. An audio/visual tour will let you learn the backstory and stroll the rooms. 225 Madison Ave., 212-685-0008, themorgan.org

Virtual Tours: Museum of Modern Art

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The Starry Night/Vincent van Gogh

The Museum of Modern Art had just reopened after a lengthy expansion and renovation project when the city went on pause. You can explore of MoMA’s rich and varied collection, online however. Google Arts & Culture has paintings, prints, photographs, drawings, sculptures, and design objects from the collection on virtual display now. 11 W. 53rd St., 212-708-9400, moma.org

Virtual Tours: Asia Society and Museum

Dedicated to fostering connections between Asia and the United States, the Upper East Side's Asia Society and Museum covers arts, culture, education, and business in its presentations and exhibitions. The 2020 show season kicked off with "The Art of Impermanence: Japanese Works from the John C. Weber Collection and MR. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection." The video here is narrated by Adriana Proser, the John H. Foster Curator of Traditional Asian Art, and shows off Japanese masterpieces of calligraphy, painting, sculpture, ceramic, lacquer, and textile. 725 Park Ave., 212-288-6400, asiasociety.org/NYC

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