Did You Know NYC Has More Than Two Art Museums? Here Are Four You Probably Have Not Visited

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Everyone knows about The Museum of Modern Art and the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Met Museum sees almost 5 million visitors every single year, and the Modern Art Museum saw more than 3 million visitors in 2010. Both of these NYC museums are incredible sources of art and culture, and fantastic places to spend the day with friends are family. However, many people do not realize that NYC is home to many more museums worth visiting.

Here are just four that you should check out before paying a third or fourth visit to your favorite arts museum.

1. The Guggenheim Museum

The Guggenheim is fairly popular among the NYC museums, but one significant reason to visit if you have not already is that it doubles as an architectural marvel. Modern and contemporary art are the specialty here, but their Sackler Center also provides rich educational opportunities.

2. Museum of the Moving Image

Sometimes you want a little something different from an art museum, and when you do, the Museum of the Moving Image is where you want to go. It maintains a collection of artifacts significant to the moving image, and it also screens lesser known films in addition to displaying exhibits you are unlikely to find anywhere else in NYC.

3. Museum of American Illustration

This NYC museum features the permanent collection of the Society of Illustrators. While the museum periodically hosts new exhibitions, it is the home to more than 2,000 works by the greatest American illustrators. If you belong to an accredited art school, be sure to ask for a behind the scenes tour.

4. Chaim Gross Studio Museum

Chaim Gross was a modern American sculptor in the mid 1900s. Both his unique wood sculptures and his personal art collection are on display in his studio in Greenwich Village. Chaim Gross and his wife Renee collected American, European, and African art, so if you ever want to visit a museum, but you are not sure what you want to explore, the Chaim Gross Studio Museum is a good choice.

Visiting a museum is not just good for expanding your intellect and learning new things, it can be beneficial to your happiness. Harris Interactive conducted a study recently that showed people who spent money on an experiences rather than something material were happier for it. So get your friends or family together, pick a new museum, and spend the day soaking up illustrations, sculptures, and the brilliant work of creative minds from all over the world.

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