Head straight to Floor Five of this great Museum, that's looking very spiff after a $425M renovation.
On this floor you'll find a hit parade of the early "modern" age, starting in the late 1800's.
Van Gogh's Starry Night is next to Henri Rousseau's LSleeping Gypsy; there are works by Picasso, Chagall, Magritte, Klimpt, and more. I visited with two reluctant teens, who both ended up being wowed.
Also, check what's on at the Guggenheim Museum, not far from the Metropolitan, on Fifth Ave. at 89th St. At the least, you can walk into the lobby for an inside look at the Museum's famed spiral architecture (by Frank Lloyd Wright.)
At any of New York's great museums, be sure to rent the audio guides! Here's how they work: beside a painting (or sculpture etc.) you'll see a number: press it into your keypad, and get an interesting audio insights into the painting. Sometimes you can press again for more in-depth comments, perhaps by a curator or museum director. And bonus for families: some art objects have a special number for commentaries geared to kids.
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