Guggenheim is not a new name to any art lover, no matter which part of the world he resides. The Guggenheim Foundation has established 5 museums dedicated to art around the world, the best one being in New York.
Situated in Manhattan at Upper East Side, started in 1932 and was then known as Museum of the Non-Objective Paintings. In 1952, the museum was re-christened as Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in memory of the founder. The museum is housed in a signature cylindrical building designed by the world famous architect Frank Wright to display paintings of the Impressionist, Post Impressionist, Early Modern and Contemporary art.
The spiral building is a cultural icon of the modern era. The windowless display in the central hall is in itself a masterpiece of modern architecture. The influence can easily be seen on movies, comic books and has had considerable impression on contemporary art.
The museum is open on all days except Thursday from 10 am to 5:45 pm. Children under 12 years of age are given free admission while adults pay $22 each. However, if you are a senior citizen or a student with a valid ID, you only get to pay $18. If you visit the museum in a group of 10 or more, you get discounted entry, guided tours as well as dining facility.
Free daily tours are available to all between 11 to 1 pm. If you wish, you can also get private guided tours, architecture tours, audio tours and browse their podcast archives on request. You can also watch stage theater shows and be a part of various workshops conducted here regularly. Not only this, you can get to talk with contemporary artists like Reem Fadda and the likes as well.
The museum is currently featuring the famous Thannhauser collection of paintings and will feature the works of James Tunner and Christopher Wool in the near future. Before you visit the museum you can go through their e-books and learn more about the museums and the artists featured here.
The museum has transformed from a personal collections of an art enthusiast to a public museum of the best intangible art in the world. Walking through the spiral galleries of the museum will certainly give you a sense of tranquility mixed with an essentially spiritual and abstract knowledge of the visual arts. The museum enjoys the status of a cult as artists and art lovers from all over pour here in large numbers to witness the best art of the world inside an architectural masterpiece.