Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue
(at 89th Street)
New York, NY 10128-0173
Sun 10 am–5:45 pm
Mon 10 am–5:45 pm
Tue 10 am–5:45 pm
Wed 10 am–5:45 pm
Fri 10 am–5:45 pm
Sat 10 am–7:45 pm
Students and Seniors (65 years +) with valid ID $18
Children 12 and under Free
This blog is about the first impression of the museum. I want to know what strikes the common visitor and ways to fix those issues. I love problem solving and figuring out ways to make a museum experience as positive as possible. This post will include an interview from my friend Maggie Howley. We attended the museum together but I am always curious to see how certain aspects of the museum impact others. I have a fear my education and course work comes at a disadvantage because at times I over think how certain things will effect a visitor experience and I feel hearing other peoples opinions always helps me clear my head.
What aspects of this visitor experience make it a memorable trip?
The actual architecture of the Guggenheim was whatfirst caught my attention. The unique shape and its
prominence on Museum Mile made me, as a visitor,instantly intrigued. We did utilize public transportation, which entails a 10-15minute walk through the beautiful Central Park, and it’s adjoining reservoir. Those traveling from Penn Station needonly one subway and the brief walk to get to the museum.
Because we attended the museum on a Sunday, it
was fairly crowded. All of the visitors, however, were
welcoming and friendly. The daunting line moved
swiftly and the staff was sure to include our student
discount and welcome us.
• Guided Tour?
o We chose to forego the guided tour and take the
museum at our own pace. As an art amateur, to say
the least, this was a much more attractive route. It
allowed me to spend more time on the pieces and
exhibits I found interesting, and less time on the
“over artsy” pieces that didn’t catch my eye.
• Lack of Appeal?
o The layout of the museum allows for the pieces to
function separately but also as a part of the exhibit
as a whole, which was very appealing. I would
recommend comfortable shoes, because the stair-
free incline gets a little challenging toward the top
• Art itself?
o Some pieces were absolutely wonderful, while
others were more intimidating and confusing. Any
show titled “Splendid Playground” is right up my
alley, and the pieces did not disappoint. Some were
less “artsy” and more fun, under the watchful eye
of the museum staff, so that the visitors didn’t have
too much fun. A particular free-floating red box that
visitors were allowed to enter stood out to me.
• Is message being articulated well?
o Very well. The whole “play” theme was consistent
throughout each exhibit and made for an interesting
and insightful experience.
1. How are prices?
With our student discount, the $18 admission fee is more than
reasonable for a top-notch museum like the Guggenheim.
2. Are employees personable / helpful?
Though some were friendlier than others, many of the staff
were taking their post seriously and making sure that no
visitors touch the pieces.
• Do you feel they have a passion for their place
None that particularly stood out.
• Do they have knowledge of galleries and tours?
We didn’t really utilize the staff as much, and
instead went at our own pace and read the placards
for further information
3. Are provided maps and information helpful?
There was plenty of literature available upon entering the
museum that would help with the layout and specific rooms of
Are content over worded or under described?
I didn’t really reference the literature, but the
placards were well written but understandable
4. Is there a proper way to travel the museum, if so is
there a lot of traffic?
Because of the architecture there is really only one way to travel the museum. You can walk all the way up and then you walk all the way down. Elevators are provided but the levels basically flow into each other. There are single hallways in which the entire museum can walk therefor at times there was some congestion.
5. Are signs within the museum helpful? ie. Exhibition,
cafeteria and bathroom location?
a. Definitely. Every level had a unisex bathroom that was easy
to find and accessible.
6. Is the art the main focus?
a. Yes. Though the museum layout itself is so interesting and
unique, the art is the main focus throughout. Each piece is
separate but equal and very well described.
7. What visual’s really work or fail within the museum?
a. The hanging plastic tubes from the ceiling were fascinating
and mesmerizing. I think their inclusion in the exhibit added a
great deal of visual pleasure.
8. Is there any interactive media?
a. Yes. Which I liked and disliked. Some pieces utilized
projectors and interactive descriptions, which I thought took
away from the art itself. However, some pieces necessitated
technology and it created a better understanding. The museum has also created an application on the Iphone to enhance your visit the flaw being that this is only accessible to Iphone users.
9. What types of people are attending the museum?
a. We saw people from all walks of life; ages, races, apparent
art knowledge and tourists. Very welcoming and accessible.
10. Is there any thing that stands out about the trip to this
a. Besides my wonderful tour guide, the accessibility and
content of the exhibit were wonderful. I know so little about
art, but really understood the exhibit and my interest was
piqued. There was nothing pretentious about the museum,
its staff and the exhibit. I’m glad that I ventured in, and I left a
more cultured and excited art appreciator.