New York City has its fair share of world-known, crowd-drawing museums, but sometimes you might crave something a little more intimate and specialty. That’s what you’ll find at the Columbia Square-located Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), a venue that features objects of all kinds that document contemporary craft, art and design across many fields. This includes everything from actual materials to techniques and even the artisans themselves.
Indeed, its not just art-related curiosities on display here, but in fact an entire floor is dedicated to working artist studios, which you can explore, and where you can even engage with the crafters themselves. With an ever-changing rotation of exhibits, as well as a permanent collection, the museum offers other highlights such as the rooftop restaurant with its views of Central Park, and a gift shop selling a range of browse-worthy items, particularly jewelry. Keen to have a more immersive museum experience? Be sure to arrive for a free, first-come-first-serve docent-lead tour at either 11:30 a.m. or 3 p.m. (daily).
Note that photos are permitted only with cell phones, and that given the museum’s smaller size only small, umbrella strollers are allowed. The museum is closed on Mondays, and the entrance fee is pay-what-you-wish on “KLM Thursdays” between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.