The newest addition to New York City’s Museum Mile, Neue Galerie opened in November 2001. Specializing in early 20th-century German and Austrian art, assembled primarily by cosmetics-fortune heir and well-regarded art collector Ronald S. Lauder, it features work by Egon Schiele, Oskar Kokoschka, Paul Klee, and Wassily Kandinsky, among others. Also on display is Gustav Klimt’s Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer, purchased by Lauder in 2006 for $135 million—making it the most expensive painting ever sold.
In addition to the gallery, the museum has a design shop, bookstore, and two well-regarded Viennese cafés: the comfortable Café Fledermaus; and the more formal Café Sabarsky, which is open till 9 p.m. Thursday–Sunday and occasionally offers cabaret entertainment in addition to its excellent Austrian-Hungarian cuisine.
Neue Galerie Information
- Public Transportation: Very good (Short walk from 4, 5, or 6 subway at 86th Street or by buses M1–M4, and M86)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Hours: Thursday–Monday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. (closed Tuesday and Wednesday)
- Admission: $15, students/seniors $10. Children under 12 not admitted; children 12–16 must be accompanied by an adult
- Tours: Acoustiguide audio tours are included with admission. Free public tours take place Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
- Membership: Individual membership begins at $275 and includes free entry to all lectures, concerts and exhibition receptions.