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"The Guggenheim" Guggenheim Museum Tip by apbeaches

Guggenheim Museum, New York City: 77 reviews and 108 photos


The spiral design of the Guggenheim recalls a nautilus shell, with continuous spaces flowing freely one into another. In June 1943, Frank Lloyd Wright received a letter from Hilla Rebay, the art advisor to Solomon R. Guggenheim, asking the architect to design a new building to house Guggenheim's Painting Museum. Both Guggenheim and Wright would die before the building's 1959 completion.

We take the elevator to the top of the building by elevator, and follow the exhibits downward on the slope of a continuous ramp. The galleries are divided like the membranes in citrus fruit, with self-contained yet interdependent sections. The open rotunda views varied bays of art on different levels simultaneously.

The permanent collection at the Guggenheim presents a variety of private collections from the 20th to the present. We've seen some memorable & special exhibits at the Guggenheim. The small gift shop and cafe on the first floor are limited and a bit pricey.

Address: 1071 5th Avenue (at 89th Street)
Directions: To reach the museum by subway, take the 4, 5, or 6 train to 86th Street. Walk west on 86th Street, turn right at 5th Avenue and proceed north to 88th Street.
Phone: (212) 423-3500

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Dec 9, 2008
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