Central Park in New York City is a huge place, surrounded by a very good handful of museums and places of interest. I spent a couple of afternoons in and around the park, usually walking through the park to get from one place to another, in that way maximising my sightseeing efforts.

central park new york

Loved this elegant wooden bridge.

central park new york

central park new york

central park new york

Another beautiful bridge in Central Park.

central park new york

Being Danish I was also quite thrilled to find our very own Hans Christian Andersen both here with Alice in Wonderland, and on his own.!

central park new york

new york city central park

new york city central park

The first place I visited in the vicinity of Central Park was the Natural History Museum. The queue takes a while, but that is all made up for when you can decide for yourself how much you want to pay to get in. The 25 dollar suggestion is really just a suggestion..!

new york city natural history museum

Call me a nerd, but I do enjoy the dinosaur and ice-age mammals sections..

new york city natural history museum

Next Central Park museum I visited was the Guggenheim. Beautiful building, both inside and out.

new york city guggenheim

The cool thing about this was that I was visiting with my friend who lives in Hoboken, New Jersey, and he was able to go to his local library and ‘borrow’ tickets for both me and him for the museum. That saved us 25 dollars each (which I promptly spent in the museum shop. Mark Rothko poster..)!

new york city guggenheim

new york city guggenheim

The last Central Park museum I visited was the Metropolitan Museum of Art, or just the Met. I got there a little late so I only had about two hours before they closed – that wasn’t nearly enough! They employed the same concept as at the Natural History Museum, where you could spend whatever you liked on the entrance, which definitely encourages a revisit or two.

new york city the met

Such a gorgeous building! I tried to walk around and get a nice taste of the place in the short time I had – I saw some Greek statues, European art from a couple centuries back, some Modern art, the Weapons section (that was cool!) and finished by going up to the rooftop to enjoy the view from there.

new york city the met

That’s all I had time to around Central Park during my week in New York. I would also have loved to visit the Museum of the City of New York and the Central Park Zoo, but that will have to wait until next time.

Have you been to Central Park or the Met? What was your favorite place? Comment below.

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