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School Art Trip to New York

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An art school trip to New York will be a completely unforgettable, inspirational experience for your young artists!

Home to a wide selection of art museums and photographic collections, New York is recognised worldwide as a centre for arts and culture, and so is a must-visit destination for your young artists. There really is a fantastic selection of visit options for your school art trip to New York, from landmark institutions such as MOMA, to more niche offerings, such as the International Center of Photography.

Why not open your school trip to New York up to more students by making it cross-curricular? This is a great destination for all kinds of subjects, including politics, business studies, performing arts, media studies, fashion, design and technology, food technology, maths and religious studies.

Suggested Itinerary (5 days, 3 nights)

Guggenheim New York

Visit the Guggenheim New York

The iconic Guggenheim Museum specialises in 20 th century art, with a rotating permanent collection, as well as temporary exhibitions. And it’s completely unmissable for art school trips to New York.

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation was created in 1937, with its first venue opening two years later, to allow the public to see the somewhat eccentric collection that Guggenheim had amassed.

The iconic building that now houses the collection opened in 1959 and was designed to be a ‘temple of spirit’ where radical art and architecture meet.

Did you know?

Unlike more traditional art galleries and museums, where the art is often displayed in different rooms, forcing visitors to retrace their steps, at the Guggenheim you take a lift to the top and then view each piece of art as you slowly descend the spiral ramp back to the ground floor.

MoMA New York

Visit MoMA

Explore one of the world’s leading collections of contemporary art at New York’s MoMA!

MoMA is considered to be one of the largest and most influential modern art museums in the world, which makes it an unmissable stop on an art school trip.

The museum’s collection includes over 150,000 pieces. 22,000 films and 4 million film stills. Some of the most famous works of art in the collection include Dalí’s The Persistence of Memory, Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon and Van Gogh’s The Starry Night.

Did you know?

There’s a work called *Object* by Meret Oppenheim that has a curious history. The fur covered cup and saucer was conceived during a lunch with Picasso, who said that fur could be put on anything. It was purchased by MoMA’s director for $50 of his own money in 1936, but the trustees would not agree to its inclusion in the collection. They later changed their minds, completely oblivious to the fact it had been installed in the museum a decade before and labelled as an ‘extended loan’!

Metropolitan Museum New York

Visit the Metropolitan Museum

The Metropolitan Museum is one of the world’s most prestigious art museums and its permanent collection spans around 5,000 years!

The largest art museum in the US, the Met’s permanent collection includes more than 2 million works by artists such as Rembrandt, Vermeer, Caravaggio, Degas, Renoir and Turner.

The museum has three locations in New York. The main building is on Museum Mile on the eastern edge of Central Park and is one of the largest art galleries in the world by area. The second building, known as The Cloisters, is at Fort Tyron Park in Upper Manhattan and focuses on medieval European art. And the Met Breuer is on Madison Avenue and features modern and contemporary art.

Did you know?

The Met also houses around 5,000 instruments, including the world’s oldest surviving piano, which dates back to 1720 and was built by the creator of the piano himself, Bartolomeo Cristofori.

Day 1


Flight from UK to New York


Transfer to accommodation on arrival


Optional evening meal at local restaurant

Day 2


Visit the Frick Collection

Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art


Visit the Guggenheim Museum


Visit the Empire State Building for evening views across the city

Optional evening meal at local restaurant

Day 3


Visit the International Centre for Photography


Visit the New Museum of Contemporary Art


Optional evening meal at a Times Square restaurant

Chance to enjoy a Broadway show

Day 4


Visit the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)


Transfer to the airport


Overnight flight back to the UK

Day 5


Arrive back in the UK





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Educational activities and visits

Frick Collection

Frick Collection

Steel magnate Henry Clay Frick left his priceless art collection to the American nation on his death in 1919. The… Read More

Guggenheim New York

Guggenheim New York

The original Guggenheim museum, conceived by Solomon Guggenheim in 1937 as an exhibition space for twentieth-century art, is a must… Read More

International Centre of Photography

International Centre of Photography

The International Centre of Photography (ICP) is the world’s leading institution dedicated to photography and visual culture and, therefore, is… Read More

Metropolitan Museum

Metropolitan Museum

One of the world’s most prestigious art galleries, the Met’s comprehensive permanent collectionspans five thousand years of art from a… Read More



From a modest collection of eight prints and a drawing in 1929, MoMA has grown to be one of the… Read More

New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York

New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York

Founded in 1977, the New Museum is a leading destination for new art and new ideas. It is Manhattan’s only… Read More

Cultural activities and visits

Macy's Department Store

Macy's Department Store

Shopping in New York is not complete without a trip to Macy's, not only can you stop by and pick… Read More

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

No trip to New York would be complete without a visit to the Statue of Liberty; the city’s iconic symbol.… Read More


Best Western Fairfield Inn
Days Inn Broadway
Hostelling International NY
Best Western Fairfield Inn

This hotel is conveniently located just 20 minutes from the Meadowlands Sports Complex and provides easy access into New York City. The hotel has their own in-house restaurant Cucina Calandra, and Executive Lounge.All rooms include free wireless high speed Internet access, 52-channel cable television, a refrigerator, microwave, 2 phones with data-ports, radio alarm clock, iron/iron board, coffee maker, and hairdryer.

Days Inn Broadway

This Broadway hotel is located on New York's popular Upper West Side, with many restaurants, shops and coffee shops nearby and Central Park just minutes away.The 14-story New York City hotel offers 214 air-conditioned guest rooms. All rooms offer cable TV, coffee-makers, in-room safes, irons and ironing boards. Refrigerators are available upon request.

Hostelling International NY

HI New York is Manhattan’s premier hostel, and is located in a landmark building on the Upper West Side. The building was built in 1883 to help widows of both the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 and re-opened as HI New York in 1990.The hostel offers clean, modern, mixed and separate male/female dormitory-style accommodation (4 - 12 bedded rooms) with shared bathrooms in the hallways. Linen, towels and a housekeeping service are provided.Private rooms with and without baths are also available (subject to availability).

The hostel is situated just one block from Broadway Avenue and a main subway line, and only minutes from Central Park.

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