New York in museum
New York museum are the most beautiful. They are so cinegenic. Discover them in this selection or in our guide New York of 1000 cult movies, series, musics, comics and novels locations.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
On Gossip Girl, the famous steps of this emblematic museum serve as a lunchroom for the Queen of the high school and her court. For numerous years, Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester) possesses this title, then Jenny Humphrey (Taylor Momsen) takes over. It’s forbidden to sit higher up than the Queen. This position symbolises her superiority.
The figures alone are dizzying: more than 2 million works of which 250,000 are exhibited throughout the 2,000,000 square feet of the edifice, 7 million visitors a year… The Met is one of the biggest museums in the world and possesses some unique works. And as art should be accessible to all, the entrance fee is a donation and you choose the amount.
American Museum of Natural History
On Friends, after having succeeded in his palaeontology studies, Ross (David Schwimmer) works in this rather oddly named museum under the direction of Dr. Ledbetter (Michael Ensign). He invites Rachel for a romantic evening which ends up on animal hides. This museum of Prehistoric History doesn’t exist but the American Museum of Natural History is quite real and fascinating.
With 32 million specimens of which 3 million in Palaeontology alone, this venerable institution presents a complete panorama of natural science history as well as the history of human civilisation. Experience “old age” in the rooms with gigantic dinosaur skeletons.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
On Men In Black, the first chase between agent J and an alien takes place in this magnificent modern art museum designed by the great architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. What’s unique is its helical structure: the visitor enters by the top and spirals progressively down a slightly sloped ramp to finish on the ground floor.
The exhibits are remarkable just as is the setting. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, deceased before the inauguration in 1959, this museum offers the visitor a unique journey: first you take the elevator to the top, then you spiral down through the museum.
Museum of Modern Art
On Manhattan, While he’s looking at a photography exposition in this museum with Tracy (Mariel Hemingway), his girlfriend, Isaac runs into his best friend Yale (Michael Murphy) with his mistress, Mary. This first meeting is a turning point.
Salvador Dali, Jackson Pollock, Roy Lichtenstein, Piet Mondrian, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, Paul Cézanne….and Edvard Munch whose painting “The Scream” is to the MoMa what the Mona Lisa is to the Louvre. Let’s say the Museum of Modern Art is compulsory. With more than 3 million visitors each year, it is the third most visited museum in the United States after the Met and the National Gallery.
Queens Museum of Art
On New Year's Eve, if, like the character Ingrid, you’ve promised yourself to “set foot in each of the boroughs in one day”, this is the place to visit. The Queens Museum of Art has a splendid 860 m2 model of the city! It needed three years and about a hundred artisans to lay out the 900,000 elements. And as the city that never sleeps is always changing, the model is regularly updated.
On The Godfather: Part II, as a teenager, Vito (Robert de Niro) arrives in Manhattan and is mistakenly given the name Corleone, which corresponds to his hometown in Sicily. Like for all the immigrants at the beginning of the 20th century, the Statue of Liberty is the first thing the young Vito Corleone sees when he reaches America.
To visit Ellis Island is to meet up with the history of the United States. This little island, of which 83% of the area is artificial, was required passage for immigrants in quest of a better New World. It is estimated that about 100 million Americans descend from one of the 12 million people that transited here between 1892 and 1954.