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If you thought the suburbs were devoid of culture, think again. Some of these suburban museums have artwork by Georgia O'Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, and many other famed artists. They're just an easy day trip from the city if you aren't up for dealing with the crowds at the MoMA - and as an added plus, they're probably a short drive from a Taco Bell drive-thru.
Nassau County Museum of Art (Facebook)
You'll feel like you're visiting Gatsby's house when you enter the Nassau County Museum of Art. The museum is housed on the former Frick Estate in a stretch of the North Shore of Long Island filled with Gold Coast Mansions. The permanent collection includes work by Roy Lichtenstein and Larry Rivers. Be sure to bundle up and stroll through the Sculpture Park on the grounds of this 145-acre property, home to over forty sculptures including works by Tom Otterness and Richard Serra.
Currently on exhibit is China Then and Now, the museum's first exhibition on Asian Art.
African dancers at the Neuberger Museum of Art (Facebook)
Housed on the SUNY Purchase campus, this Westchester art museum features modern, contemporary, and African art in their collection. The museum's permanent collection includes paintings by Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, Thomas Cole, and Georgia O'Keeffe, to name just a few. The museum is free the first Saturday of the month, and is open Tuesday-Sunday, 12-5 p.m.
Montclair Art Museum (Facebook)
This New Jersey museum celebrated their centennial this year. In February, MAM will host the exhibit Come As You Are: Art of the 90s with sixty pieces by forty-five artists including paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photography, video, and digital art. In addition to the temporary exhibits, the museum has a large collection of American and Native American art.
Heckscher Museum of Art (Facebook)
Located in Heckscher Park in the town of Huntington, this Long Island museum's collection includes Lucas Cranach the Elder's 16th century painting Virgin, Child, St. John the Baptist and Angels and Frederic Church's Autumn. Opening this week is the museum's exhibit Modern Alchemy: Experiments in Photography, which runs until March 15th. After a visit to the museum, stroll around the charming town of Huntington, filled with shops and restaurants. Booklovers must pay a visit to Book Revue, Long Island's largest independent bookstore, which sells both new and used books.
Japanese action painter Ushio Shinohara at Katonah Museum of Art in October (Facebook)
This respected Westchester museum also houses a sculpture garden on its scenic property with large Norwegian spruce trees. The museum doesn't have a permanent collection, but hosts ten to twelve exhibits each year. In January, this Westchester museum will present Cone: Tri-State Juried Exhibition, an exhibit of works that explore the meaning of space in visual work. If you're a tri-state artist, the museum is accepting submissions for the exhibit until December 15th.
Alison Lowenstein, Gothamist Getaways editor, is the author of NYC guidebooks, and travel articles for National Geographic Traveler, Newsday, NY Daily News, etc. When she isn't planning trips, she enjoys jogging around the streets of NYC. Despite her athletic pursuits, her favorite food is the donut. You can find her on Twitter at @cityweekendsnyc