National Academy Museum

By Seth Fera-Schanes

Museum mile, located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side is home to the Guggenheim, Cooper-Hewitt, Met and a handful of other world class museums.  I typically visit the Met (Metropolitan Museum of Art) mainly due to the volume of pieces and history it houses.  If you are on a first (or second or fifth) visit to the city and have never been then put it at the top of your list.

Last weekend, I wanted to visit the Jewish Museum (also located on, you guessed it, Museum Mile) but the line had at least 100 people and I didn’t have the patience to even attempt the wait.  So I found myself in a typical NY situation.  Something I want to see is popular and overrun, so I need to make an adjustment.  That adjustment happened to be the National Academy Museum three blocks south.

When I went, the exhibit was featuring Seven Post-War American Painters .  While not a large show (or museum for that matter) there was a lot of thought that went into the curation.  I would recommend this museum for someone who is looking to learn more about a specific artist or artistic styles.  I spent about 1 hour in the museum and saw everything so this will not be an all afternoon event.

Next time you are on 5th Avenue, be sure to drop by a few of the many museums available to the public.

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