One of the places I knew I had to hit up was the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Charles James: Beyond Fashion exhibition. I had already read some fantastic reviews on the exhibition, which showcases pieces from James’ work throughout his career, and it certainly didn’t disappoint.
I didn’t have a guide or specific part of the museum I wanted to visit, so I let myself roam the corridors for pretty much the entire day. The great thing I soon found out about The Met is the ability to walk down one corridor and find yourself surrounded by medieval armoury and artifacts, then walk down another see a 10ft huge Ancient Egyptian temple, and then down another find yourself face to face with works by Picasso or an entire wall of Chinese calligraphy.
Another museum I found that was great for this type of browsing and finding wonderful things was the Museum of Modern Art, in Midtown Manhattan. I went on a particularly rainy day and was content to while away the hours wandering the floors and stumbling upon some fantastic artwork by the likes of Pollack, Monet and Mondrian. My absolute favourite moment was walking into an exhibition area with a crowd of people and seeing ‘Starry Night’ by Van Gogh front and center! MoMA is also a great place to discover lesser known works, I know I personally found myself drawn to their Lygia Clarke and Sigma Polke exhibitions.
The last big museum I hit up was the Natural History Museum. Again, like the Met and MoMA, it was a great places to let yourself wander and discover different parts of the exhibits as and when you came across them. I did book in some time to go to the Hayden Planetarium to see a screening of Dark Universe, which immerses you in a surround screen arena and makes you feel like you’re flying through space. I also spent some time under the belly of the famous big Blue Whale in Ocean Life hall – if you ever visit the museum I highly recommend lying on the floor underneath it (loads of people do it so you won’t look weird!), space out for a minute or two. It’s oddly relaxing.