"Dahesh Museum of Art" More Museums Tip by danchatman
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While the big museums warrant their grand reputations, it's often the smaller venues that can make for a rewarding, intimate experience. The Dahesh Museum chiefly features academic works of art, which means you won't see Modernism or Expressionism, but classical pursuits and methods - similar to the Frick Museum, though not as stuffy. Occaisionally they'll have a great show, and you can check their web site for that information.
My sense is that when they do host a show, they do it well. It's also right in the heart of midtown near all the shopping along 5th and Madision Avenues.
If you're into saving yourself the regular $9 entry fee, you can swing by on the first Thursday of every month starting at 6pm, when you can pay what you wish (I suggest $1) - they even have free drinks and snacks and are pretty darn friendly about the whole affair.
In back of the museum is a large, open and relaxing public space with lots of chairs, so if museum or shopping fatigue gets to be too much, you can grab a quick rest here. The space can be entered on 57th Street between the Tourneau (look for all the clocks) and Nike stores, through the rear of the Dahesh Museum, or at the corner of 56th and Madison.
Address: 580 Madison Ave @ 56-57th Streets
Directions: Midtown, along with all the stores along 57th Street
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