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New York City certainly doesn’t lack for world-renowned cultural institutions, so I’d like to give a shout out to some that may be lesser-known, but equally worthy of a visit.  I’ll update this post as I visit venues, so be sure to check back.

If you’re over by Lincoln Center – one of the great performing arts centers anywhere – stop in at the  American Museum of Folk Art    on Columbus and 65th.  This gem of a space houses very comprehensive exhibits focusing on self-taught artists,  often encompassing a wide variety of media.  Even though the space is small, you will come away with real insight and knowledge.  The museum has the added virtue of being free, but if it weren’t it would be worth paying for.

Over at Columbus Circle is the Museum of Art and Design, a multi-story facility of changing exhibitions on everything from jewelry to paper art to furniture, fashion and textiles from the US and abroad.  The museum also houses artists studios, which are often open to the public.  You also might want to check out their lectures, movies and performances.

If design is what captivates you, then be sure to head uptown to the newly re-opened Cooper Hewitt – Smithsonian Museum of Design on Fifth Avenue at 91st Street.  Housed in the former Carnegie Mansion, the museum has incorporated technology in it’s redesign, including a pen to let visitors make their own designs. 

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