The Top Art Galleries & Museums in Long Island City

Long Island City may be on the national radar now more than ever, but the Queens neighborhood in the shadow of Manhattan has long been a destination for the city's art scene. From a fun offshoot of the MoMA to the Noguchi Museum, a little-known gem of sculptures and serenity in the midst of an industrial area, you could spend an entire day wandering from gallery to gallery in LIC. Here are the top art destinations to add to your list.

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MoMA PS1 Contemporary Art Center

PS 1 Contemporary Art Center
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Address
22-25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101, USA
Phone
+1 718-784-2084

Long Island City has the greatest concentration of art in NYC outside of Manhattan, and MoMA PS1 is its most famous art institution and the biggest draw to the neighborhood.

PS1 has won international acclaim for its art exhibits. Yet, for a major art institution, there's real zing in the corridors, not the plain white walls of most spaces. Come for the excellent art, and keep coming back to explore this former public school turned art world star.

Recommended Length of Visit: 1.5 hours
Visiting Times:

  • Thursday to Monday - Noon to 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday and Wednesday - closed

Cost: Adults: $10; Students/Seniors: $5; Admission is free for all NYC residents
Where to Eat: Lounge 47 serves a great burger and is cool and comfortable for the post-art daze.

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SculptureCenter

The exterior of SculptureCenter

SculptureCenterĀ 

Address
44-19 Purves St, Long Island City, NY 11101, USA
Phone
+1 718-361-1750

SculptureCenter showcases emerging and well-known contemporary sculptors. It's a small, experimental space, and though not every exhibit hits the Prize, Sculpture Center is definitely worth a visit.

Recommended Length of Visit: 30 minutes
Visiting Times:

Cost: $5 suggested donation

Where to Eat: Court Square Diner is a great local.

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Dorsky Gallery

Dorsky Gallery in Long Island City
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Address
1103 45th Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101-5109, USA
Phone
+1 718-937-6317

The Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Program is a 1,200-square-foot exhibition space, run by a non-profit arts organization dedicated to giving independent curators a place to exhibit contemporary art.
Recommended Length of Visit: 30 minutes
Visiting Times: Thursday through Monday - 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; also by appointment.
Cost: Free

Where to Eat: Lounge 47 serves a great burger and is cool and comfortable for the post-art daze. (47-10 Vernon Blvd, at 47th Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101, 718-937-2044

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Noguchi Museum

Noguchi Museum in Long Island City
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Address
9-01 33rd Rd, Queens, NY 11106, USA
Phone
+1 718-204-7088

The Noguchi Museum is one of the best small museums in NYC. It is home to the art of Isamu Noguchi, a prominent modern art sculptor, renowned for stone work. The rock garden is a highlight, a precise corner perched in a ramshackle neighborhood.

Recommended Length of Visit: 45 minutes
Visiting Times:

  • Wednesdays-Fridays - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sunday - 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Monday, Tuesday - Closed

Cost: $10/adults; $5/seniors, students. Free for children under 12. The first Friday of every month is pay what you wish.
Where to Eat: The Noguchi Museum cafe serves sandwiches and snacks.

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Socrates Sculpture Park

Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City
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Address
32-01 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, NY 11106, USA
Phone
+1 718-956-1819

On the East River waterfront, the Socrates Sculpture Park hosts outdoor sculpture by contemporary artists and puts on community events. The events make the area come alive.

Recommended Length of Visit: 30 minutes
Visiting Times: Open all year, 7 days a week, 10 a.m. to sunset.
Cost: Free

here to Eat: Two blocks away the Noguchi Museum cafe serves sandwiches and snacks, but the adventurous should walk up to 21st Street and then south a block or two to Roti Boti 2, cheap, hot Pakistani food. More options await you in Astoria.

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Museum of the Moving Image

The Jim Henson Exhibition Ribbon Cutting
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Address
36-01 35th Ave, Astoria, NY 11106, USA
Phone
+1 718-777-6800

The Museum of the Moving Image is a jewel of Queens. It has more than enough movie and film exhibits to entertain and educate a group for a couple hours, but it's not overwhelming like the super-museums in Manhattan. Kids, parents, and hipsters will love the hands-on exhibits. Plus on weekends there are great movie screenings.

Recommended Length of Visit: 1.5 hours
Visiting Times:

  • Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sunday - noon to 6 p.m.
  • Monday - Closed

Cost: Free - $5 donation asked

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The Top Art Galleries & Museums in Long Island City