The Metropolitan Museum of Art, located on Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street, is one of the largest art museums in the world, with over 2 million square feet and permanent collections of more than 2 million works — giving it a size, variety, and depth that visitors appreciate.
“I love the Met because I feel like I could get lost in the Met,” says Amanda Knox, an actor originally from Texas. “It’s just a great resource. For actors, I’ll use artwork sometimes when I work.” Depending on the type of project she’s in, Knox will wander the collections of Roman, Greek, medieval, European, or Asian art, plus the costume gallery. There’s a sense of tranquility that appeals to her as well, offering a meditative outpost in hectic New York. “It’s inspirational to me,” Knox says. “I love going and sitting in the Buddhist room and just being quiet.”
Similarly renowned for artistic excellence, the Museum of Modern Art took the second spot. MoMA’s architecture has always been integral to the visitor experience, and Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi’s bold new design combines light, glass, and space to nearly double the size of the former facility. Under its roof are collections of paintings, films, drawings, sculptures, and photographs, not to mention some of the world’s most influential and moving art: Van Gogh’s Starry Night, Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans, plus pieces by Jackson Pollock, Frida Kahlo, Jasper Johns, Edward Hopper, and Georgia O’Keeffe to name just a few.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., NYC; (212) 535-7710 www.metmuseum.org.
Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St., NYC; (212) 708-9400 www.moma.org.