The Best Photography Museums and Galleries in New York

The Best New York Photography Galleries and Museums

(This guide is part of The New York Photographer’s Travel Book, which is available as a free digital download.)

MoMA: The Museum of Modern Art has some of the most spectacular art in the city. The 5th floor is where to go first, with works from Picasso (Les Demoiselles d’Avignon), Monet (Water Lilies), Van Gogh (Starry Night), Dali, and Matisse (Dance). The MoMA is also home to the best photography permanent collection in the city. It is a must see.

The MET: The Metropolitan Museum of Art rivals MoMA in every way. The Met has a diverse range of art throughout history that complements the MoMA’s modern art collection, and there are always great photography exhibits. It is good to visit the Met in combination with a visit to Central Park. Go on the roof for a beautiful overhead view of the park.

International Center for Photography: Located on the Bowery, the ICP museum is the premier photography museum in New York, with a changing selection of shows from top photographers. This is a must see for any photography enthusiast. They also have a great photography bookstore.

The Strand Bookstore: Located on the corner of 12th Street and Broadway is probably the best photography gallery in the city, a large old bookstore called The Strand dating back to 1927. On the second floor is a photography section that is rivaled by no other. Covering multiple aisles and more than a handful of very large tables are more photography books that you can possibly imagine. Spend two hours here and you will be in photography heaven.

Photography Galleries: The best photography galleries in the city are Howard Greenberg Gallery, Steven Kasher Gallery, Leica Gallery SoHo, Yancey Richardson Gallery, Robert Mann Gallery, Pace/MacGill Gallery, Yossi Milo Gallery, and Danziger Gallery.

(This guide is part of The New York Photographer’s Travel Book, which is available as a free digital download.)