Museum day uptown on the Upper West Side | New York City
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created by | Nicholas
transit | walkable
total distance | 1.3 miles
est. transit time | 26 minute walk end to end
Put on your favorite oxford and cardigan. Pull those old Dr. Martens out of the closet and find a warm coat to wear during this NYC Uptown excursion that will take you from one famous museum to another, but not without taking a walk through the center of Central Park. For couples who love art, expression, history, and a little bit of nature, this is the perfect quaint outing for conversation and exploration. This trip begins at the American Museum of Natural History and takes you through Central Park's Great Lawn to the Upper East Side where the Metropolitan Museum of Art awaits. After hours of art interpretation, analysis, conversation, and intimate bonding, take a short stroll from the MET to Le Pain Quotidien and enjoy French-inspired brunch.
American Museum of Natural History
Museum showcasing everything from dinosaurs to outer space
Central Park West & 79th St, New York, NY 10024
TIP: Pay what you want to get in
Nestled on the Upper West Side of New York City, the Museum of Natural History offers an exploration into a variety of histories from all over the world. A casual walk through this museum will inspire you to learn more about astronomy, archaeology, Egyptian ruins, and the Mayan empire, among other things. This museum features recreated exhibits, interactive displays, and authentic artifacts representing different parts of history. Aside from learning more about the world from this visit, the experience is really casual; walk around freely, talk about what you see, and be yourself. It's a really family-friendly, open environment.
Central Park - Great Lawn
Grassy 55-acre section of Central Park
Accessible via 79th Street &, W 85th St, New York, NY 10022
Care for a walk? That'll be easy. Directly outside the front gates of the Museum of Natural History is 79th St Transverse, a small road/foot path that takes cars/pedestrians directly through the center of Central Park. There are plenty of opportunities to stray from the scenic Transverse path. Sit by Turtle Pond and observe the wildlife. Go in a little farther and you will find yourself at the Great Lawn, a massive grassy area where frisbees are thrown, footballs are kicked about, and people lounge and talk. Enjoy bucolic Central Park as you make your way to the upper west side to get back into the Museum state of mind; this time, the MET.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET)
One of the world's greatest collections of art, from ancient to contemporary
1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028 (near 82nd street)
TIP: Pay what you want to get in
Casually referred to as "The MET", this fine arts and history museum attracts couples, friends, historians, writers, artists, musicians, and practically every other human identity. Vastly different from the Museum of Natural History, The MET is famous for its highly valuable, absurdly rare, original, and sought-after paintings, lithographs, sculpture, and artifacts. This museum features world renowned European painters and sculptors. Within, you will find works by Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh, and Claude Monet. More into sculpture? That's great, because a large portion of the first and second floors features original Grecian and Roman sculpture. This museum is massive to the point of intimidation, but don't let too much beautiful art deter you from exploring the absolute beauty and originality within The MET. I'm sure you'll return.
Le Pain Quotidien
Classic light fare & organic breads in a rustic-chic vibe
1131 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10028 (btwn 84th and 85th streets)
It's no wonder after two long museum excursions separated by a walk through Central Park that you've built up an appetite and need to rest your legs. Take a quick five minute walk east of the main entrance of The MET and you will find Le Pain Quotidien, a rustic-chic bakery/cafe/restaurant. Warm lighting, friendly staff, and a carefully crafted ambience will bring you and your friends or loved one closer, whether it's over a cup of coffee or their delicious French pastries. Lunch at this hot spot is the ideal way to talk about the museums and wrap up your afternoon.
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