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Guggenheim Museum – tickets, discounts, free entry, hours

Guggenheim Museum in New York exhibits modern and contemporary art.

It boasts of one of the most beautiful collections of European and American paintings throughout the 20th century.

Also known as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, this instantly recognisable landmark of NYC is sure to leave you spellbound.

In this article, we explain everything you need to know before your visit to the Guggenheim Museum.

1. How to reach
2. Opening hours
3. Best time to visit
4. Tour duration
5. Free entry
6. Ticket discounts
7. Buy tickets
8. Museum collections
9. Audio Guide
10. Floor plans
11. Reviews
12. Food & drinks
13. Museum’s architect

Guggenheim Museum’s address

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 5th Ave, New York, NY
Between 88th and 89th street

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How to reach Guggenheim Museum?

It is best to try and reach the Guggenheim Museum by public transport.

SUBWAY: Take up the 4, 5, 6 and Q subway lines to reach the museum.

BUS: Take the M1, M2, M3 or M4 bus lines on the Madison or 5th Avenue.

Parking at Guggenheim Museum

Since there is a lot of parking space nearby, driving to the Museum is not a bad option.

Two of the best parking options nearby are:

1. Impark Parking, located at 40 East 89th street
2. Champion Parking, located at 60 East 90th street

Both parking lots offer a discount for tourists visiting the Guggenheim Museum.

You will have to validate your parking ticket at the Membership desk.


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Guggenheim Museum hours

Guggenheim Museum is open on all days of the week.

Every day it opens at 10 am. However, the Museum’s closing time is different on different days of the week.

Open hours

Monday: 10 am to 5.30 pm
Tuesday: 10 am to 8 pm
Wednesday: 10 am to 5.30 pm
Thursday: 10 am to 5.30 pm
Friday: 10 am to 5.30 pm
Saturday: 10 am to 8 pm
Sunday: 10 am to 5.30 pm

The last ticket is issued 30 minutes before the day’s closing time.

Guggenheim Museum store hours

The Museum’s store follows a different schedule.

On Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday the Guggenheim Museum store opens at 9.30 am and closes at 6 pm.

On Tuesday and Saturday, the closing hours are extended till 8.30 pm.

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Best time to visit Guggenheim Museum

Guggenheim Museum top view
Tourists visit the Guggenheim Museum for two reasons – to see the exhibited artwork and to marvel at the building. Image: Twitter.com/guggenheim

There are two things you can do to avoid the crowd at Guggenheim Museum.

Book your tickets in advance and plan your visit at 10 am on a weekday – that’s the best time to visit the Guggenheim Museum.

The second best time to visit is around 5 pm on a Tuesday.

There is no crowd, and since the Museum is open till 8 pm, you get three hours to explore what’s on display.

When NOT to visit the Guggenheim Museum

Guggenheim Museum is crowded on weekends and during school hours on weekdays – because a lot of school groups land up.

On Monday most prominent Museums in New York are closed.

Since the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is open on Mondays, it attracts a lot of crowd.

This is why Monday isn’t the best time to visit.

On Saturday, from 5 pm to 8 pm visitors can ‘pay what they wish’ and walk in.

Because of this discounted admission, there are long lines everywhere – definitely a time slot to avoid. Book your tickets now!


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How long does Guggenheim Museum take?

Some visitors are known to complete the tour of Guggenheim Museum in less than an hour.

However, if you love art and prefer to get into the details, you can spend around three hours exploring what’s on display at Guggenheim.


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Guggenheim Museum free

Children 10 years and below can enter Guggenheim Museum for free.

There is no other way to gain entry to this New York Museum for free.

Guggenheim Museum discounts

Every Saturday from 5 pm to 8 pm you can enter the Museum at a highly discounted rate.

During this three-hour window, you can ‘Pay as You Wish’ and get in.

The minimum submission amount is $10.

New York PASS is yet another great way to save money while visiting the Guggenheim Museum.

To skip the line and save up to 45% on admission to top New York attractions, buy New York Pass.

If you choose to purchase the New York Pass, you can skip the regular admissions line at the Guggenheim and go directly to the Membership Desk.


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Guggenheim Museum tickets

This ticket allows you to access both the Museum’s famous permanent collections as well as temporary exhibitions.

It is a ‘skip the line’ ticket, thus saving you a considerable amount of waiting time.

These are also smartphone tickets – that is, there is no need to take printouts.

On the day of your visit, just show the ticket in your email and walk in.

With this ticket, you get a free multimedia guide to help you explore the Museum.

If you want something more than the multimedia guide, you can also opt for the Docent-led guided tour at 2 pm.

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Guggenheim Museum exhibits

New York is home to the best Museums in the world, and Guggenheim certainly does not disappoint.

It features both the permanent and the temporary collections of art to leave you inspired.

Permanent collections

The most popular permanent collection is the Thannhauser collection.

It showcases French Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and Italian Futurist artwork.

The collection includes over 30 Picassos and works by Degas, Gaugin and more.

The permanent collection also showcases works by Brancusi, who was known to be the pioneer of non-objective sculptures.

Temporary collections

Hilma af Klint paintings
Bold, colourful paintings by Hilma af Klint (1862–1944) have been exhibited at Guggenheim Museum. Image: Guggenheim.org

Some of the artworks showcased in the Guggenheim museum are temporary.

These temporary exhibitions generally last three to six months and can include multiple artists or focus on one individual.

Some of the prominent temporary displays have been the artwork of Jackson Pollack and the experimental works of China post-1989.

To get a sense of what to expect, you can look at the ongoing exhibitions and the past exhibitions of Guggenheim Museum.


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Guggenheim Museum audio guide

The Guggenheim Museum audio guide is quite comprehensive and informative.

It is available for free at the Museum. Make sure, you ask for it.

Check out some of the samples of the audio guide.

Kids are also known to love this guide.

The Museum’s audio guide is available in Spanish, English, French, German and Italian.


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Guggenheim Museum plan

Guggenheim Museum is spread over seven-stories, and there is a lot to see and do.

Like all Museums, Guggenheim also comprises of various floors, zones and sections separated for showcasing different paintings and artworks.

With the help of a floor plan, you won’t waste your time trying to find what you want to see.

A floor plan can also help you find the other tourist facilities such as washrooms, shops etc.

Floor-plan of Guggenheim Museum (pdf)

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Guggenheim Museum review

According to Tripadvisor, Guggenheim Museum is one of the top attractions of New York.

Check out two Tripadvisor reviews on what’s best about the Museum.

Review 1

Even if you don’t like art, go for the building. It’s impressive and quite lovely. Easy to reach.

If you do like art make sure you explore all the floors. When we visited last, they had Giacommeti and Brancusi. Indeed a lovely experience. A bit pricy but definitely a must see.CDI_review

Review 2

Absolutely love the architecture of the building, the spiral floors and the exhibition of Hilma Af Klimt + the resident pieces from the Impressionism movement. I love the emotions that are evoked by the paintings, esp from Af Klint. An excellent museum to go when you are in NYC!Cpwee

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Guggenheim Museum restaurants

There are two places to eat and drink at the Guggenheim Museum.

1. Café 3

It is called Café 3 because it is on the 3rd floor, and is ideally placed for a mid-tour break.

Cafe 3 serves refreshments such as tea, coffee, wine, beer, pastries, chocolates, sandwiches, salads etc.

Take a break here while enjoying the spectacular view of Central Park.

Cafe 3 opens at 10.30 am every day.

2. The Wright

The Wright is a beautifully created space, designed by artist Sarah Crowner.

On weekdays The Wright opens at 11.30 am, and on weekends it begins a bit early – at 11 am.

The colourful ambience makes it the perfect spot to take a break from art exploration.


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Guggenheim Museum architect

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Inside Guggenheim Museum – as seen from the ground floor central area.

Ace architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed and built the Guggenheim Museum.

Ever since its inauguration on October 21, 1959, the architectural marvel has inspired countless visitors by its beauty.

No wonder, it is considered as Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece.

Unline traditional Museums, this building spirals upward and outward in smoothly sculptured white concrete.

You will notice the construction widen as it rises.

When it came to the experience of the visitors, architect Wright decided to do away with the traditional Museum approach.

As soon as the visitors enter the Museum, they are taken to the top of the building via an elevator.

They then explore the Museum and keep walking downward on the gentle slope of a continuous ramp.

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