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NYC: Guggenheim Museum Entry Ticket

1. NYC: Guggenheim Museum Entry Ticket

Book your entry ticket to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural masterpiece housing world-renowned collections of modern and contemporary art. Enjoy full access to all exhibitions, and a downloadable audio guide included with your ticket. The building was recently named a UNESCO World Heritage Site — one of two in New York — the other being the Statue of Liberty. Founded on a collection of early modern masterpieces, the Guggenheim Museum today is an ever-evolving institution devoted to the art of the 20th century and beyond.  Your ticket gives you unlimited time to discover all that the museum has to offer. Connect to the Museum's Wi-Fi and download the digital guide with audio guides and texts for each exhibition, as well as information about the permanent collection and the Frank Lloyd Wright building. The audio guide is available in 11 languages, including Spanish, Mandarin, Italian, and Arabic. Exhibitions on view: • Thannhauser Collection - permanent Gego: Measuring Infinity - through September 10, 2023• Sarah Sze: Timelaspe - through September 10, 2023• A Year with Children - May 5 - June 19, 2023• Young Picasso in Paris - May 12 - August 6, 2023• Only the Young: Experimental Art in Korea 1960s - 1970s - September 1, 2023 - January 7, 2024• Going Dark: The Contemporary Figure at the Edge of Visibility - October 20, 2023 - April 7, 2024

New York City: Private Central Park Pedicab Tour

2. New York City: Private Central Park Pedicab Tour

One of New York City's most celebrated sights, Central Park, is a vast green space plum in the heart of Manhattan. With this private pedicab tour you are guaranteed to see more of this oasis than possible on foot. As you travel you will be regaled in stories of the park's highlights, such as the Bethesda Fountain and Strawberry Fields, John Lennon's memorial. You knowledgable guide is bound to provide you with extra information you might miss if you were doing it alone. There will be more than fifty highlights throughout this experience, which include historical landmarks, movie locations, celebrity apartments, and much more. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be dropped off at either the Rockefeller Center, Times Square, or the Fifth Avenue Shops.

The Metropolitan Museum In-App Audio Tour (EN) (w/o Ticket)

3. The Metropolitan Museum In-App Audio Tour (EN) (w/o Ticket)

Set off on a captivating journey through time at the renowned Metropolitan Museum of Art, a global cultural treasure located in New York City. With this immersive in-app audio tour created by a local, you'll delve into the extraordinary collection, which spans various epochs and artistic forms, while uncovering the brilliance of its most prominent masterpieces. The Met remains committed to diversifying its collection by showcasing historically underrepresented groups, including women, artists of color, and the LGBT community. Additionally, you'll have the opportunity to explore the speculative Afrofuturist Period Room exhibition, offering a unique perspective. Your exploration commences in the Egyptian Art galleries, where the museum's main attraction awaits: the world's largest collection of Egyptian treasures. Prepare to be captivated by the grandeur and intricate interior of the iconic Temple of Dendur. Next, you'll immerse yourself in the medieval era through the Met's unparalleled collection of Medieval and Byzantine art, rivaling those found in Europe. Shifting focus to the Impressionist movement, you'll encounter Van Gogh's breathtaking painting, "Wheat Field with Cypresses," widely regarded as one of his finest summer landscapes. You'll also contemplate renowned canvases by masters such as Monet, Picasso, and Klimt, engaging with their artistic brilliance. Finally, you'll be moved by Rodin's deeply emotional and thought-provoking marble sculptures, particularly the profound work, "The Tempest." Concluding your art-filled adventure, take a leisurely stroll down Fifth Avenue to the adjacent Upper East Side, where you'll uncover fascinating Met-related trivia, adding another layer of intrigue to your visit. Note! This tour DOES NOT include a ticket! This tour is not affiliated with the Metropolitan Museum of Art but is provided by an independent creator. HOW IS THE TOUR GOING — Stay flexible: join the tour whenever you want and explore the sights as long as you like. — Enjoy the tour even offline: all audio tours are tested for high quality and easy navigation.

New York City: Guided Highlights Bus Tour and Ferry Ride

4. New York City: Guided Highlights Bus Tour and Ferry Ride

Meet your guide at Rockefeller Center and kick off the day with a walk by The Rink, Prometheus statue, and Radio Music City Hall. Then board a comfortable, climate-controlled bus as travel south on the famed 5th Avenue. Pass through the Diamond District and Koreatown to make your first stop at Madison Square Park. Named after James Madison, AKA the Father of the Constitution, Madison Square Park provides a spectacular view of the Empire State Building and an up-close look at the Flatiron Building. Continue south along 5th Avenue and pass through vibrant and unique neighborhoods such as Greenwich Village, SoHo, Chinatown, Little Italy, and Wall Street. Learn about their fascinating history as your guide points out the sights. Stop at the Whitehall Ferry Terminal and then board the Staten Island Ferry for a trip around New York Harbor passing by Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, and a breathtaking view of the New York skyline. Pause for reflection at the emotionally gripping 9/11 Memorial before heading back uptown to the Hudson River. Pass by the towering Vessel sculpture at Hudson Yard as well as Columbus Circle, Time Warner Center, and the Lincoln Center before arriving at Central Park. Here, enjoy a walk to Strawberry Fields and view the “Imagine” tribute to John Lennon. You’ll also have a great view of the luxury Dakota apartments where John Lennon was infamously assassinated. The finishing stretch of the tour will take you through the Upper West Side and pass by the Natural History Museum. Ride through Central Park and come back down on 5th Avenue past the Metropolitan Museum. Finish your tour at Times Square. If you want to stay to catch a show, dinner, or other attractions, your guide will have plenty of insider tips for things to see and do.

NYC: Museum Mile City Exploration Game

5. NYC: Museum Mile City Exploration Game

The city game starts in front of the Plaza Hotel. It will take you between 2 to 3 hours to complete and you can also explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. You will finish at the Smithsonian Design Museum. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. Ready for an adventure? After your booking you will receive an email with instructions on how to download and play the game on your phone. You can play on your own, in a large group or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game. We recommend that each user purchases a ticket for an optimal experience, although several people can share a phone. You will visit the following locations: • Pulitzer Fountain • Lombard Lamp • Inscope Arch • The Delacorte Clock • Balto Statue • William Shakespeare Statue • The Mall and Literary Walk • Bethesda Terrace and Fountain • The Frick Collection • Ukrainian Institute • Metropolitan Museum of Art • The Obelisk • Neue Gallery • Guggenheim Museum • Smithsonian Design Museum

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Ray was a fantastic tour guide. Well prepared and friendly. Great overview of the city highlights. Would recommend as a great starting place to visit NYC.