Museum Mile’s gem, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum building is an artwork in and of itself. The famous spiraling design by Frank Lloyd Wright has endured for 40 years and was recently unveiled once again after an exhaustive exterior restoration.
Inside, you’ll find works from the collection—Beuys, Chagall, Kandinsky, Klee, Monet, Twombly—generally housed in the tower galleries, while one central exhibit sprawls from the ground floor up the spiraling rotunda. Recent exhibitions of note have included Catherine Opie’s mid-career retrospective of explosive portraits and meditative landscapes and Chinese artist Cai-Guo Qiang’s rotunda exhibition “Cait Guo Qiang: I Want to Believe”, featuring his installations, unique gunpowder paintings, and videos.
Programming includes free events such as Just Drop In, a program for families to explore galleries with an educator who leads creative and interactive projects. The basement floor of the museum, opened to the public in 2001 as the Sackler Center for Arts Education, features studio art, computer and multimedia labs, an exhibition gallery, resource center, and theater where current exhibition–related programming takes place every day.
Guggenheim Museum Information
- Public Transportation: Very good (close to subway 4, 5, or 6 at 86th Street and M1–M4 buses)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good, except for the High Gallery, at the top of the first ramp and only accessible by two low stairs
- Hours: Saturday–Wednesday 10 a.m.–5:45 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.–7:45 p.m., closed Thursday
- Admission: Regular admission $18, students and seniors (65+) with valid ID $15, children under 12 free, discounts available for groups of 10 or more; on Friday evenings beginning at 5:45 p.m., the museum hosts pay what you wish, in which admission is by donation. The last tickets are issued at 7:15 p.m. These tickets are not free and cannot be purchased in advance
- Tours: Free; schedules are subject to change. For daily schedules, consult the electronic signboard near the admissions desk. Gallery Guides are arts professionals available throughout the museum during all open hours to discuss the art on view, the Frank Lloyd Wright building, and the history of the Guggenheim
- Audio Tours: Free
- Membership: Individual membership is $75 annually and entitles members to free unlimited admission for one to all Guggenheim museums (New York, Venice, Berlin, Bilbao), the ability to bypass ticket lines, invitations to exclusive members-only exhibition previews, free admission for one at Art After Dark: First Friday events (regular price $20), and a free subscription to Guggenheim magazine. A 15% discount is available on membership for students, seniors, and artists at the individual member level
- Other Benefits: Young Collectors’ Council individual membership ($500/annual) and Fellow Associate membership ($250/annual) allow you reciprocal admission to other museums.