One most normally tends to associate the world’s great museums with the birthplaces of the classicists — masters such as Van Gogh, Monet, and de Goya y Lucientes (Goya) — whose masterpieces adorn the private collection spaces and public exhibition halls of homes and museums across the European landscape.
It’s not that unreasonable that a highly-developed cultural scene would also take hold in other major cities, as well. Landmark locations such as Boston, New York, and Cleveland, in the United States, also began to curate fine collections over the decades and centuries, occasionally seeded with contributed pieces or entire estate items bequeathed to the institutions favored by their donors.
Eventually, localized expansions grew to encompass area craftsmen and artists, or stylized collections, housed in suburban and rural spaces, broadening mass appeal of artistic creation and the modes and methods of its employ.
Several of this countries’ finest collections can be found in each cities’ versions of their museums of Natural History, such as the collections found in Boston, New York, and Cleveland, which showcase the flora, fauna, and environmental aspects of our earth. Others house a fine collection of Classical, Contemporary, or Modern Art, such as those found in Boston, New York, and California.
New York City, along with Manhattan’s outlying areas and boroughs, contains some of the finest art in the world, showcased by its knowledgeable art curators and historians in many notable galleries in the state. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Museum of Modern Art represent some of the finest examples of collected art, anywhere in the world.
New York City’s American Museum of Natural History was founded in 1869, and it is touted as the largest natural history museum in the world, encompassing 25 connected buildings spanning four blocks (1).
The Museum of Modern Art, with its more illustrious, abbreviated designation of MoMA, covers the previous 150-year time-span with a collection of nearly 200,000 works. It was founded in 1929, and is located in New York (2).
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, also in New York, is a three-complex collection of art dating beyond 5,000 years. Its idea was conceptualized by lawyer, John Jay, in 1866, and was implemented and incorporated in 1870 in New York.
The “Met”, as it’s more colloquially known in today’s parlance, acquired several European masterworks by the renowned French artists Matisse, Manet, and Renoir, as well as several works by renowned Dutch master, Vermeer. It is here, at the museum’s more-famous Fifth Avenue site, where the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts, outside of Cairo, is housed. The classical antiquities collections can be found onsite, as well as its more contemporary sections, rounding out the collection.
The second of the three-complex Met facility is known as the Met Breuer. This site formerly held the collection of another famous museum, known as the Whitney Museum of Art, which has since relocated to another area. The building was designed by famed Bauhaus architect, Marcel Breuer, who physically had a hand in helping to create the site. This building contains the Met’s more contemporary pieces and gallery of new, revolving artists on display.
With a view to the Hudson River, the Met Cloisters building in Fort Tryon Park was built in an agglomerated fashion of varying architectural styles and debuted in 1938. The collection features European medievel art and architecture of the twelfth- through fifteenth-centuries, including tapestries, enamelwork, ivories, stained glassworks and illuminated manuscripts (3).
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(1) Alliance for the Arts, © 2015. https://www.nyc-arts.org/organizations/54/american-museum-of-natural-history; accessed August 4, 2016.
(2) The Museum of Modern Art © 2011. http://www.moma.org/collection/about?locale=en; accessed August 4, 2016.
(3) The Metropolitan Museum of Art © 2000-2016. http://www.metmuseum.org/; accessed August 4, 2016.
(4) Drygulski, Jennie. “$20 — MoMA. View Works by Matisse, Van Gogh, Dali & More”; travelzoo.com: http://www.travelzoo.com/local-deals/manhattan/other/221233/; accessed August 4, 2016.