Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

1071 Fifth Avenue
The Guggenheim holds a unique place in the history of New York City's museums. Established some sixty years ago by philanthropist Solomon R. Guggenheim and artist-advisor Hilla Rebay, it first assumed temporary residence in a former automobile showro... more
The Guggenheim holds a unique place in the history of New York City's museums. Established some sixty years ago by philanthropist Solomon R. Guggenheim and artist-advisor Hilla Rebay, it first assumed temporary residence in a former automobile showroom on East 54th Street in New York. The "Museum of Non-Objective Painting," as it was then known, took as its basis the radical new forms of art being developed by such artists as Vasily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, and Piet Mondrian. The insistence of its founders on a wholly new kind of art seen in a wholly new kind of space set the Guggenheim on its path. Throughout its history, it has stood as a groundbreaking institution geared as much toward the promise of the future as the preservation of the past. The belief in preservation was furthered by a recent extensive restoration of the museum’s exterior, which as of 2008 is now nearly complete. The innovative cylindrical building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, has suffered cracks in its concrete surface since the museum opened in 1959. In 2005, twelve layers of paint were removed in order to repair and restore the building’s unique structure. The museum remained open throughout the process ... more
The Guggenheim holds a unique place in the history of New York City's museums. Established some sixty years ago by philanthropist Solomon R. Guggenheim and artist-advisor Hilla Rebay, it first assumed temporary residence in a former automobile showroom on East 54th Street in New York. The "Museum of Non-Objective Painting," as it was then known, took as its basis the radical new forms of art being developed by such artists as Vasily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, and Piet Mondrian. The insistence of its founders on a wholly new kind of art seen in a wholly new kind of space set the Guggenheim on its path.

Throughout its history, it has stood as a groundbreaking institution geared as much toward the promise of the future as the preservation of the past. The belief in preservation was furthered by a recent extensive restoration of the museum’s exterior, which as of 2008 is now nearly complete. The innovative cylindrical building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, has suffered cracks in its concrete surface since the museum opened in 1959. In 2005, twelve layers of paint were removed in order to repair and restore the building’s unique structure. The museum remained open throughout the process as visitors passed under scaffolding to enter the building.

The first permanent home for the museum, as mentioned, was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. He envisioned a building that not only broke the rectilinear grid of Manhattan but also shattered existing notions of what a museum could be. He conceived of its curving, continuous space as a "temple of spirit" where viewers could foster a new way of looking. Named the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in honor of its founder, the building opened in 1959, drawing huge crowds and stirring considerable controversy. It has never lost its power to excite and provoke, standing today as one of the great works of architecture produced in the twentieth century.

While the Guggenheim Museum in New York is the Foundation’s flagship museum, there are also several other global branches of the Guggenheim network which include The Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain and The Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin. The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Museum is scheduled to open in 2025.

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1071 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10128
(212) 423-3500
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$25 - Adults
$18 - Seniors, Students
Children under 12: Free
Members: Free

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This Week's Hours

Monday 11am – 6pm
Tuesday 11am – 6pm
Wednesday 11am – 6pm
Thursday 11am – 6pm
Friday 11am – 6pm
Saturday 11am – 8pm
Sunday 11am – 6pm

Members-only hours on select Mondays 6-8 pm

Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

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"The making of my silueta in nature keeps the transition between my homeland and my new home. It is a way of reclaiming my roots and becoming one with nature." —Ana Mendieta Learn more:
https://t.co/R5NB8fAwYD 🎨: Ana Mendieta, "Silueta Muerta," 1976 #GuggenheimWomensHistory
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Nick Cave discusses "Time and Again" and "TM13," works informed by Cave's past experiences. See #Forothermore on view through April 10. 🎧: Designed for our blind and low-vision communities, listen to the full audio on the Guggenheim Digital Guide, on the @bbgconnects app.
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Happy #StPatricksDay! 🍀 Grace Hartigan, an artist of Irish descent, created this work deeply rooted in her experience of Ireland when she traveled there for the first time in 1958. This work is in the @GuggenheimPGC. 🎨: Grace Hartigan, "Ireland," 1958 #GuggenheimWomensHistory
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In his youth, Mark Bradford worked in his mother's salon. In this work, he overlaid translucent endpapers, their burned edges forming a grid, evoking the social and political significance of hair styling in the Black community. 🎨: "Daddy, Daddy, Daddy," 2001 © Mark Bradford
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