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An Intimate Cultural Museum Experience

For a cultural experience more intimate than NYC's most popular museums, check out the Neue Galerie's collection of twentieth century German and Austrian art. Neue Galerie, opened in 2001, is one of the most recent additions to NYC's Museum Mile.

Neue Galerie is located at 86th St and 5th Ave, in the former William Starr Miller mansion. You can move comfortably through the museum's three floors in a couple of hours.

On current exhibition is "Munch and Expression," which considers the influences and influence of Edvard Munch, one of modern art's seminal figures. Every casual museum goer knows Munch's most famous work, The Scream (1895). His psychological, expressionistic style influenced not only painting but also the literature of Franz Kafka and the films of Alfred Hitchcock.

This exhibition introduces you to Munch's lesser known peers, including Erich Heckel, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Emil Nolde, Egon Schiele, and Max Pechstein. The exhibition runs until June 13th.

Outside of the exhibition, the Austrian Gustav Klimt is heavily featured. You may recall his elegant, non-realist portraits from the recent film Woman and Gold staring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds. The painting, also known as Lady in Gold, was purchased by Neue Galerie in 2006 for a then record $135 million.

In addition to painting, Neue Galerie emphasizes design, so pay attention to the clocks, furniture and propaganda posters. In the basement there are two cafes, Cafe Sarbasky and Cafe Fledermaus, operated by Austrian cuisine restaurateur Kurt Gutenbrunner.

Both iTunes and Google Play provide audio tours for patrons interested in more than looking. Audio tours are free with the price of admission. The Neue Galerie is open 11 AM - 6 PM Thursday through Tuesday. Cost of admission is $20, or $10 for seniors and students -- unless you visit on the first Friday of the month, when admission is open to the public free of charge.

Address: 1048 5th Ave, New York

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