Attending this year’s NAEA (National Art Education Association) National Convention in New York City this March? There’s plenty to see and do at the show, including visiting our booth #2215! But New York is the city that never sleeps, so there’s plenty to do after the show closes each day, too. With easy public transportation (many tours will pick you up at your hotel and you can always take the subway or train) and discounted or free admission for show attendees, you might not want to sleep, either. Check out these ideas for must-see visits while you’re in the city:
Museum of Modern Art – Some say New York’s MOMA has the best collection of modern art in the United States. Visit on a week day, if possible, to avoid the crowds. And don’t forget to bring your show badge—attendees get in free!
The Whitney– Dedicated to American art, The Whitney houses works by 20th century and contemporary American artists, with a focus on living artists. Aside from an impressive collection, the museum offers a great restaurant and spectacular views of the city. Your show badge gets you free admission from March 1-3.
The American Folk Art Museum– Featuring more than 7,000 works dating from the 18th century to the present, The American Folk Art Museum is dedicated to works created by self-taught artists who never received formal training. Get free admission with your NAEA badge.
Museum of Arts and Design– Your NAEA badge also gets you free admission at the Museum of Arts and Design. The ultimate maker’s space, MAD (as it’s called) houses an array of works from artists, designers, and artisans celebrating the process of creating things that enhance contemporary life. Free admission.
Central Park – Designed by architect Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted, Central park is the most visited urban park in the United States. Featuring 29 sculptures, several ponds, the Strawberry Fields tribute, and even a castle, a walk through the park provides a welcome respite from a busy day in the city. Consider NAEA’s $29 NAEA guided walking tour.
High Line – Located between Gansevoort and W 34th (between 10th and 12th) in Chelsea, this public park is built on an elevated rail line and offers art installations, native plants and flowers, public art, exhibitions, events, and spectacular views, including sunset. NAEA offers a walking tour—learn more on their website.
Grand Central Station – A treasured architectural masterpiece designed by Cornelius Vanderbilt, among others, Grand Central Station offers shopping, restaurants, and even a market, in addition to midnight trains going anywhere (sorry, we couldn’t resist). NAEA offers a $39 guided walking tour—learn more on their website.
Madison Square Park– Smack in the middle of New York City lies 7 luscious acres of greenery, trails, and outdoor space. Madison Square Park offers live music, food, horticulture events, a dog park, and, yes, an art program including art talks, art walks, and outdoor installation pieces by visionary artists. Best of all, it’s free!
Lincoln Center – Priding itself on being the world’s leading presenter of superb artistic programming, Lincoln Center is home to the New York Philharmonic, the New York City Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera, and more. Take NAEA’s guided tour for $39 or walk the center on your own. Either way, a wonderful way to spend the day.
Check the NAEA website for a full list of tours and discounts. Do you have a favorite spot in New York City? Let us know in the comments below and don’t forget to stop by and say “Hi” at the show.