The 20th-century artwork displayed on the gently inclining white walls of the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum often take second place to the building's landmark Frank Lloyd Wright design.
The great architect's last work is an uplifting sight, from both outside and within, and a thorough restoration program was completed in 2008. Unwinding like a coil of white ribbon, the exhibition space spirals upwards around a central skylight.
As well as hosting changing exhibitions of photographs and paintings, the Guggenheim's permanent collection includes works by Gauguin, Picasso, van Gogh, Monet, and other early Modern masters.
On the Upper East Side of Manhattan on Fifth Avenue at 89th Street, the Guggenheim is opposite the huge Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir in Central Park. Rubbing shoulders with such prestigious neighbors as the Met, it’s on an eminently walkable stretch of Fifth Avenue known as Museum Mile.
To get here by subway, take the train to 86th Street.