Favorite Museum Rooms

Museums can be overwhelming. So much to see, but only a limited amount of true art-appreciating energy to expend.

Though I adore them, I’m a believer in the fact that you can’t spend more than two hours (and even that’s pushing it) in any one museum on a given day without art fatigue setting in.

To help out, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite museum spaces in the city, the ones I come back to and savor, again and again. And the best part is: each can be fully appreciated in 20 minutes or less.

Neue Galerie New York, Klimt Gallery, second floor, center: This room of turn-of-the-20th-century Viennese art showcases both decorative and fine art pieces, including some of my all-time-favorite paintings by Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele. The museum’s pièce de résistance, Klimt’s Adele Bloch Bauer I portrait, anchors the space.

Klimt Gallery

Klimt Gallery

Image courtesy of Neue Galerie New York

MoMA, The Alfred H. Barr, Jr. Painting and Sculpture Galleries, fifth floor: This permanent collection showcases works by beloved artists like James Ensor, Paul Cezanne, Vasily Kandinsky, Pablo Picasso and Vincent Van Gogh. Don’t miss your chance to see the world-famous Starry Night in person. 

Picasso paintings at MoMA

Picasso paintings at MoMA

(Image via ana carina lauriano, Flickr.com; made available under Creative Commons license)

The Met, The Annenberg Collection, second floor, south side: An embarrassment of riches, this collection housed in nine gallery rooms features some of the world’s most acclaimed Impressionist and post-Impressionist works by artists like Monet, Renoir, Degas and Manet.

A room filled with Monet's waterlillies

Monet’s Waterlillies

Brooklyn Museum, American Identities: A New Look Look, Modern, fifth floor: An eclectic, expertly curated collection of 20th century design, sculpture and paintings by American artists.

American artists at the Brooklyn Museum

American artists at the Brooklyn Museum


One thought on “Favorite Museum Rooms

  1. Your favorite museum spaces is very ADD-friendly! Maybe next time we visit we can go to the Neue Galerie. Always so much to see so little time.

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