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The Guggenheim Museum

The Solomon R Guggenheim Museum was designed by US architect Frank Lloyd Wright and was completed shortly after his death in 1959. It is well worth a visit just to see this icon of Modernist architecture, which was designed specifically to showcase the modern art within. Inside, it features a highly commended collection of late 19th and 20th-century art works, as well as touring exhibitions. From beneath the huge glass dome, a quarter-of-a-mile-long ramp spirals down the inside of the building, past the collection of art, including works by Pissarro, Kandinsky, Klee, Picasso, Toulouse-Lautrec, Cézanne, Mapplethorpe and Gober. Lovers of modern art will be in heaven.

Address: 1071 Fifth Avenue, at 89th Street

Website: www.guggenheim.org

Telephone: (212) 423-3500

Transport: Subway 4, 5 or 6 to 86th Street; bus M1, M2, M3, or M4 on Madison or Fifth Avenue

Opening times: Sunday to Friday 10am-5:45pm; Saturday 10am-7:45pm; closed Thursdays and Christmas Day.

Admission: $18 adults, free for children under 12; concessions available. Rates differ for special exhibitions.