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For a true understanding of New York’s cultural art scene, a visit to the museums, concerts, and extraordinary theater, is an absolute must.
Take one of over 500 available seats at one of 41 professional theaters to see a show at the Broadway Theater District in midtown Manhattan. Join tens of millions of people who come to the Big Apple every year to get a firsthand look at the epitome of dramatic theater in the English-speaking world, along with the West End Theater in London, and what solidifies New York’s place as a cultural capital of America.
Get acquainted with one of the world’s finest collections of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, early Modern art, as well as contemporary art at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The Guggenheim gets over a million visitors per year and is New York City’s most popular exhibition.
Take the bus or subway to Fifth Avenue and see the largest art museum in the United States at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Observe over two million works among 17 different departments, as well as musical instruments, costumes, antique weapons, armor, and various accessories from African, Asian, Byzantine, Oceanian, and Islamic origins.
Pay a visit to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum to commemorate the nearly 3,000 lives lost on the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks as well as the six lives lost in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. The memorial is right at the site of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center that were knocked down on 9/11.
Come on out and see over 40,000 images, 14,000 artifacts, 3,500 oral recordings, and 500 hours of video honoring the people and city that helped build the WTC and that put it on the road to recovery when it was taken away.
Head out about 90 miles west of the city and see the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Sullivan County. Known mostly as the site of the 1969 Woodstock festival, this outdoor concert venue has a capacity of 15,000, a 400-seat event gallery, as well as the Museum at Bethel Woods; all located on a 2,000-acre campus. On top of live performances, Bethel Woods also offers educational and community-based programs such as the Harvest Festival, which covers community outreach and collaboration, history, and the arts.
Take a short ride outside Albany to Clifton Park and find a seat at one of the Empire State’s best-kept secrets at Upstate Concert Hall. Take a ride out to Buffalo and see one of the best showcases around for modern and contemporary art at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Get to know works of cubism, surrealism, constructivism and other defining styles of the 20th century from such legendary artists as Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Jean Metzinger, Henri Matisse, and many others.
Drive up to Saratoga and have an experience you’ll treasure at Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Enjoy summertime performances from the New York City Ballet and Philadelphia Orchestra as well as solo concerts from such famed classical musicians as Yo-Yo Ma, Yuja Wang, Sarah Chang, Gil Shaham and many others. If you’re not into classical music, SPAC also hosts plenty of rock, pop, dance, jazz, and opera performances, as well as a Wine & Food Festival. Bring some friends and make a weekend out of it.
Get yourself up to Utica and check out the Stanley Theater. Originally open primarily as a movie theater and having been added to the National Register of Historic Places, the Stanley is home to a plethora of delightful live events, such as the Great Artist Series of the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute; the Broadway Theater League; the Utica Symphony; and the Mohawk Valley Ballet.