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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Guggenheim Museum Logo.svg
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View from Fifth Avenue
Established 1937
Location 1071 Fifth Avenue at 89th Street
Manhattan, New York City
Type Art museum
Visitors 953,925 (2016)
Public transit access Subway: "4" train "5" train "6" train "6" express train trains at 86th Street
Bus: M1, M2, M3, M4, M86 SBS
Built 1956–1959
Architect Frank Lloyd Wright
Architectural style(s) Modern
Criteria Cultural: (ii)
Designated 2019 (43rd session)
Part of The 20th-Century Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright
Reference no. 1496-008
State Party United States
Region Europe and North America
Designated May 19, 2005 (2005-05-19)
Reference no. 05000443
Designated October 6, 2008 (2008-10-06)
New York City Landmark
Designated August 14, 1990 (1990-08-14)
Reference no. 1774 (exterior), 1775 (interior)

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, often referred to as The Guggenheim, is an art museum at 1071 Fifth Avenue on the corner of East 89th Street on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City. It is the permanent home of a continuously expanding collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, early Modern, and contemporary art and also features special exhibitions throughout the year. The museum was established by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in 1939 as the Museum of Non-Objective Painting, under the guidance of its first director, Hilla von Rebay. It adopted its current name in 1952, three years after the death of its founder Solomon R. Guggenheim.

In 1959, the museum moved from rented space to its current building, a landmark work of 20th-century architecture designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The cylindrical building, wider at the top than at the bottom, was conceived as a "temple of the spirit". Its unique ramp gallery extends up from ground level in a long, continuous spiral along the outer edges of the building to end just under the ceiling skylight. The building underwent extensive expansion and renovations in 1992 when an adjoining tower was built, and from 2005 to 2008.

The museum's collection has grown over eight decades and is founded upon several important private collections, beginning with that of Solomon R. Guggenheim. The collection is shared with sister museums in Bilbao, Spain and elsewhere. In 2013, nearly 1.2 million people visited the museum, and it hosted the most popular exhibition in New York City.

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Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Museo Solomon R. Guggenheim para niños

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