What to see at the Guggenheim Museum in New York: timetables, prices and tips

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The Guggenheim is considered one of the most famous museums in New York and of the whole world thanks to its collection of modern and contemporary works of art. Not only that, the structure that houses this art gallery is itself a work of art: the building has a cylindrical shape with the lower base smaller than the upper one and externally it is surrounded by a white ribbon that wraps it.

The Guggenheim Museum is located in the heart of New York and precisely a few steps from the luxurious windows of Fifth Avenue and one of the entrances to Central Park. Therefore, even if you do not have in mind to visit art galleries and galleries during your American stay, you cannot fail to come and see this architectural jewel only from the outside.


  1. What to see and how to visit Guggenheim Museum
  2. Yellow cow
  3. The Green Violinist
  4. Jeanne Hébuterne in a yellow sweater
  5. Study for composition II
  6. Gentle climb
  7. The peasant woman sitting on a meadow
  8. Nude lying down
  9. Mountains in Saint Rémy
  10. Ocean Greyness
  11. Red balloon
  12. Hours and prices
  13. Online tickets and guided tours
  14. User questions and comments

What to see and how to visit Guggenheim Museum

The structure of about 4000 square meters consists of 6 exhibition floors and a transparent dome that surmounts the spiral and serves to give light to the interiors. In the 90s, an eight-story tower was added to the east in order to expand the structure. The Museum has 7000 works which, however, are never exhibited all at the same time but in rotation and in addition to the permanent collection there are always temporary exhibitions. Among the best known artists in the catalog are: Paul Cezanne, Paul Gaugain, Eduard Manet, Pablo Picasso, Kandinskij, Chagall and many others.

To visit the Guggenheim once you enter the atrium you have to take the lift that leads to the top floor and then go down following the spiral just as the architect Frank Lloyd Wright suggested. However, due to the crowding in the small freight elevator, one is often forced to look at the exhibition starting from the ground floor. Below 10 works not to be missed!

1 - Yellow cow

The protagonist of the painting is a slender and graceful yellow cow chosen by the author to emphasize that grace is present in each of us.

  • Date created: 1911
  • Author: Franz Marc Chagall
  • Dimensions: 1,4mx 1,89m
  • Technique and subject of the work: bovine subject painted in oil on canvas

2 - The Green Violinist

The protagonist of the work is a violinist dressed in viola, with a green face and a dog. The author chose this tool because in his opinion it represents the means to meet God and the secrets of life and death.

  • Date created: 1923
  • Author: Marc Chagall
  • Dimensions: 78 cm x 42 cm
  • Technique and subject of the work: oil painting on canvas

3 - Jeanne Hébuterne in a yellow sweater

The painting depicts Jeanne Hebuterne, a young woman with whom Modigliani had a strong sentimental bond and who committed suicide two days after the painter's death.

  • Creation date: circa 1919
  • Author: Amedeo Modigliani
  • Dimension: 100 × 65 cm
  • Technique and subject of the work: human subject painted in oil on canvas

4 - Study for composition II

This painting marks the passage from the figurative to the abstract phase of the painter. It was made as a study for the realization of another painting that was destroyed during the Second World War. Although the artist did not want to paint a specific theme, there are those who see biblical or pagan subjects depicted inside.

  • Date created: 1910
  • Author: Vasilij Kandinskij
  • Size: 97,5cm x 130,5cm
  • Technique and subject of the work: abstract work painted on canvas

5 - Gentle climb

This picture was painted by the author shortly after his arrival in Paris and the painter wanted to paint many fantastic beings (shaded and evanescent colors) that emerge from the abyss of the unconscious

  • Date created: 1934
  • Author: Vasilij Kandinskij
  • Size: 80,4cm x 80,7cm
  • Technique and subject of the work: abstract subject painted in oil on canvas

6 - The peasant woman sitting on a meadow

This painting by the French painter, one of the leading exponents of the post-impressionist movement and pointillism technique, portrays a seated woman. You can see the strong contrast with the background, the lack of detail and the stillness of the subject.

  • Date created: 1883
  • Author: Georges-Pierre Seuret
  • Size: 38,1cm x 46,2cm
  • Technique and subject of the work: oil portrait on canvas

7 - Nude lying down

This work is characterized by the sensuality transmitted on a visual level by the position of the woman. Modigliani portrayed a woman lying on the pillow with her arms folded behind her head, highlighting the intimate organ covered with hair.

  • Creation date: between 1917 and 1918
  • Author: Amedeo Modigliani
  • Size: 60x90 cm
  • Technique and subject of the work: subject painted in oil on canvas

8 - Mountains in Saint Rémy

The work was painted by the author during his hospitalization at the Saint Paul de Mausole hospital in southern France.
The painting represents the Alps that he could see from the small windows of his room which he decided to transform into a small painting studio during his hospital stay.

  • Date created: 1889
  • Author: Vincent Van Gogh
  • Size: 71,8 x 90,8 cm
  • Technique and subject of the work: landscape painting painted in oil on canvas

9 - Ocean Greyness

Pollock's abstract work depicts several disembodied eyes hidden among the colored fragments materialized by the gray ground. What emerges in this picture is the dynamic tension between representation and abstraction.

  • Creation date: 1953
  • Author: Jackson Pollock
  • Size:
  • Technique and subject of the work: oil painting on canvas

10 - Red Balloon

This work represents a red balloon floating on a mass of geometric shapes. The cubist technique used by the painter serves to quickly point out the main object in order to immediately capture the attention of the spectators.

  • Creation date: 1922
  • Author: Paul Klee
  • Size: 32x31 cm
  • Technique and subject of the work: oil work on canvas muslin.

Hours and prices

The Guggenheim Museum is open every day of the year except Thursdays, December 25th and Thanksgiving.

  • Mon-Tue-Wed-Fri-Sun from 10:00 to 17:45; Saturday from 10:00 to 19:45.
  • Best time to avoid queues: the best time to avoid queues and enjoy the works in the picture gallery with calm and tranquility is at 10:00 in the morning, as soon as the museum opens.
    On Saturdays the Guggenheim is often overcrowded especially from 17:45 pm when admission is free. Even Monday afternoon is not a good day to dedicate yourself to visiting the works as the other museums in New York are closed and those who want art and culture come here.
  • Admission to the Guggenheim Museum is $ 25 (approximately € 22,00) for adults, $ 18 (€ 16,50) for students and people over 65. Buy online
  • Free: for children under 13. On Saturdays starting at 17:45 pm the entrance is free or as the Americans say "Pay What You Wish", or free offer.
  • Any other business: This Museum, like many other New York attractions, is included in the New York Pass, The City Pass and the Explore Pass.

Online tickets and guided tours

Useful tips for visiting the attraction

When it comes to visits to museums, a premise is mandatory: each person has different interests, therefore there are those who love to spend the whole day in an art gallery and who, on the other hand, a couple of hours are enough. Having said that, we want to give you some information that may be of help for your visit to the Guggenheim Museum.

  1. Get up early: the ideal would be to reach the entrance around 9:30, so as to be already in the queue when the cash desks open.
  2. Buy a city card: if you are interested in visiting other museums or attractions in the city, you can buy one of the many city cards and save on admissions. Learn more about the New York Pass - Learn more about the New York Explorer Pass.
  3. Priority ticket: buy the ticket with priority entrance to avoid the endless queues that you can encounter on weekends and on holidays. Find out more about the priority access ticket.
  4. Minimum time: we advise you to consider a minimum of 2-3 hours for the visit; though
    the ideal would be to be able to dedicate 4 hours of your time.
  5. Guides, apps and audio guides: At the entrance you can take the audio guides which in different languages ​​will introduce you to the world of art explaining all the works in the Museum. Alternatively you can download the useful Guggenheim App available for both Apple and Android. Finally, the guided tours that start every day at 11:00 and 13:00 are very interesting and allow visitors to discover the most valuable works of both the permanent and temporary collections.

Where is it and how to get there

The Guggenheim Museum in New York is located at 1071 Fifth Ave, at 89th St.
It can be reached in different ways depending on where you are.

  • On foot: if you are in the Upper Esast Side area you can go to the Guggenheim with the help of a map Get directions
  • By metro: the alternative are the comfortable lines 4,5 and 6 of the subway which stop at 86th Street a few steps from the art gallery.

Historical notes and curiosities: what to know in brief

The Guggenheim Museum building was designed byarchitect Frank Lloyd Wright initially to contain the private collection of Solomon R. Guggenheim, a New York mining magnate, then as a picture gallery for many other works. It was completed in 1959 and neither Wright nor Guggenheim saw the outcome. Since its inauguration, however, this facility has often appeared in films, TV shows and billboards.

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