New York

United States


Phone: 212 423 3500

Guggenheim Museum

The mission of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is to promote the understanding and appreciation of art, architecture, and other manifestations of visual culture, primarily of the modern and contemporary periods, and to collect, conserve, and study the art of our time. The Foundation realizes this mission through exceptional exhibitions, education programs, research initiatives, and publications, and strives to engage and educate an increasingly diverse international audience through its unique network of museums and cultural partnerships.

Founded in 1937 by Solomon R. Guggenheim, what was originally the Museum of non-objective painting has become a leading museum around the world. Housed in a purpose built space designed by Frank Lloyd Wright the museum opened to the public in 1959.

Permanent Collection

The metamorphosis from private collection to public museum is an extraordinary transition. For the Guggenheim this occurred in 1937, when Solomon R. Guggenheim established a foundation empowered to operate a museum that would publicly exhibit and preserve his holdings of non-objective art. Today, the Guggenheim is a museum in multiple locations with access to shared collections, common constituencies, and joint programming. Nevertheless, it is the permanent collection that constitutes the very core of the institution, no matter how far-reaching its activities may be. The story of the Guggenheim Museum is essentially the story of six very different private collections—Solomon R. Guggenheim's collection of non-objective painting premised on a belief in the spiritual dimensions of pure abstraction; his niece Peggy Guggenheim's collection of Surrealist and abstract painting and sculpture; Justin K. Thannhauser's array of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and early Modern masterpieces; Karl Nierendorf's holdings in German Expressionism; Katherine S. Dreier's paintings and sculptures of the historic avant-garde; and Dr. Giuseppe Panza di Biumo's vast holdings of European and American Minimalist, Post-Minimalist, Environmental, and Conceptual art—that have been augmented through the years by the museum's directors and curators to form one richly layered collection dating from the late 19th-century to the present. Unlike most institutions dedicated to the visual arts, the Guggenheim does not divide itself into departments devoted to specific mediums or eras. Rather, the collection is conceived as an integrated whole that may be continuously enhanced in response to eme...


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Admission and complimentary audio tour
Adults $18
Students and Seniors (65 years +) with valid ID $15
Children under 12 Free
Members Free

Opening hours

Museum Hours
Saturday–Wednesday 10 AM–5:45 PM
Friday 10 AM–7:45 PM
Closed Thursdays

On Friday evenings beginning at 5:45 PM the museum hosts Pay What You Wish, in which admission is by donation. The last tickets are issued at 7:15 PM. These tickets are not free and can not be purchased in advance.

General information: (212) 423–3500.

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