Guggenheim Museum

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Guggenheim Museum
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The artwork

The Guggenheim Museum specializes in modern art from the late 19th century to the present. The artist list reads like a who's who of modernists: Calder, Cezanne, Chagall, Ernst, Giacometti, Kandinsky, Klee, Leger, Matisse, Miro, Mondrian, Moore, Picasso, Van Gogh, to name a few.


The museum has permanent collections and stages two or three temporary special exhibitions per year. It's the latter that creates the most buzz and attracts the most visitors.

The major special exhibitions are almost always held in the atrium-ramp section. The  permanent collections primarily use the spaces in side rooms and in the 10-story tower.

Check beforehand whether the museum is in the midst of changing exhibitions in the ramp section. If yes, some or all the rampway may be closed. And, there is the issue of construction noise.

How to tell a newbie

The first-time visitor walks up the sloping six-story ramp and takes the elevator down. The seasoned visitor does the opposite, eliminating the uphill climb, as Wright intended.

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