Must-see attractions in Upper East Side

  • A woman takes notes in front of a sculpture at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

    Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Upper East Side

    What started with a handful of paintings brought over from Europe or donated by a coterie of philanthropically minded robber barons in the 19th century…

  • SolomonR. Guggenheim Museum, detailed view

    Guggenheim Museum

    Upper East Side

    A New York icon, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, more commonly known as the Guggenheim, is an internationally-renowned art museum and one of the most…

  • The Frick Collection courtyard garden.

    Frick Collection

    Upper East Side

    This spectacular art collection sits in a mansion built by steel magnate Henry Clay Frick, one of the many such residences lining the section of Fifth Ave…

  • Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum

    Upper East Side

    Part of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, this is the only US museum dedicated to both historic and contemporary design. Housed in the 64-room…

  • Neue Galerie

    Upper East Side

    This restored Carrère and Hastings mansion from 1914 is a resplendent showcase for Austrian and German art, featuring works by Paul Klee and Ernst Ludwig…

  • Met Breuer

    Upper East Side

    The newest branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art opened in the landmark former Whitney Museum building (designed by Marcel Breuer; there's an…

  • Temple Emanu-El

    Upper East Side

    Founded in 1845 as the first Reform synagogue in New York, this temple, completed in 1929, is now one of the largest Jewish houses of worship in the world…

  • Museum of the City of New York

    Upper East Side

    Situated in a Georgian Colonial Revival–style building at the top end of Museum Mile, this local museum focuses solely on New York City’s past, present…

  • Asia Society & Museum

    Upper East Side

    Founded in 1956 by John D Rockefeller III (an avid collector of Asian art), this cultural center hosts fascinating exhibits (Buddhist art of Myanmar,…

  • Jewish Museum

    Upper East Side

    This gem occupies a French-Gothic mansion from 1908, housing 30,000 items of Judaica including torah shields and Hannukah lamps, as well as sculpture,…

  • Gracie Mansion

    Upper East Side

    This Federal-style home served as the country residence of merchant Archibald Gracie in 1799. Since 1942, it's been the residence of New York’s mayors and…

  • Cheim & Read

    Upper East Side

    With its roll of artists past and present including Bill Jensen, Louise Bourgeois, Jannis Kounellis, Jenny Holzer and Tal R, Cheim & Read showcases…