Visiting the Guggenheim Museum was one of the most exciting, and most disappointing, experiences of our first trip to New York. Having been HUGE fans of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture for a very long time, this museum was number ONE on our list to visit. Little did we know Labor Day weekend in the USA marks the end of the summer events calendar and almost all major museums and galleries start dismantling their summer exhibitions on the Tuesday after the long weekend. And yes, my friend, we arrived on the doorstep of the Guggenheim for the 10am opening on the Tuesday after the long weekend.
Long story short, we and everyone else were offered discounted admission tickets, we stood in the foyer in awe looking up at the famed round spiral floors, photographed them and were then ushered to the annex floors to see the permanent exhibitions while scores of gallery workers pulled down the summer exhibit piece by piece on the far side of the ropes in preparation for the first autumn show. Admittedly we saw the start of a very long list of the most amazing art I’ve ever managed to see in the space of four weeks in my life. But a lesson was learned. Check the dates before you leave of all the galleries (and not just the exhibitions) you wish to see. Because sometimes the architecture becomes off limits too.