Lion of the Blogosphere

A guide to museums in New York City

Many of the museums in New York City are ridiculously crowded. New York is a big tourist destination, and the tourists want to see all of the famous museums, like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), or the American Museum of Natural History. If you are looking for a quieter museum, check out the New York Historical Society or the Brooklyn Museum. And the Cloisters, although not undiscovered, are more out of the way and thus less crowded than the main Met.

Other than MoMA ($25) or the Whitney ($22), most museums that have a required admission charge less than the cost of a movie ticket, so visiting museums is very affordable. I highly recommended visiting MoMa on Friday evenings from 4 to 8 when the admission is free.

A big secret for visiting the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (including the Cloisters) and the Brooklyn Museum is that they charge suggested donations. I only give a dollar; theoretically you could give a penny or even demand free admission, but that just feels wrong. When I was younger, I used to think that this behavior was really cheap, but now that I’m older and wiser, my feelings about this are (1) serves them right for charging a suggested donation; (2) the person who takes the money doesn’t give a crap about how cheap I am, and if anything I bet that he or she thinks that those paying full price are stupid; and (3) my tax dollars are used to support these institutions, so I’ve already paid my fair share.

Strangely, if you take the time to observe who pays full price and who pays a dollar (or even less), you’ll see a trend in which prole looking people and non-Asian minorities pay full price, while people who look upper-middle-class white (SWPL) and who can presumably better afford the full price will donate a tiny amount. I attribute this to the SWPLs being more in the know. It’s not like there’s a big sign explaining the policy. It’s there in fine print, but for someone who has never done it before, it just seems too good to be true. (Indians, of course, will never pay the full price. They make a big hobby out of getting stuff on the cheap, and no Indian has ever been embarrassed about being cheap.)

What kind of people do you find in Museums? There are basically four categories: (1) SWPLs; (2) tourists (who are as often proles from the Midwest as they are sophisticated Europeans); (3) Indians (for whom the penny-per-person admission is cheap entertainment); (4) at the AMNH on a weekday morning/afternoon there will be a lot of schoolchildren on class trips, and the schoolchildren, unlike the other museum visitors, more closely reflect the racial and economic diversity of the New York metropolitan area.

John Derbyshire once wrote an essay about keeping yourself safe by avoiding places where black people go. Well, you never have to worry about being a victim of violent crime while in a museum. You never see any ghetto-looking people in a museum. This is even true of African-American themed museums located in black neighborhoods. You may get mugged in the parking lot, but once inside most of the people are SWPLs, with a handful of non-ghetto upper-middle-class-looking blacks.

Why should you go to museums? Besides being safe from violence, you get to see objects that can’t be fully appreciated by looking at pictures of them online. And the architecture of the buildings themselves is often pretty impressive.

The downside of museums is that they have been subject to two modern trends. One is the increasing emphasis on audio-visual presentations. As I wrote above, the upside of museums is that you can see objects that can’t be appreciated on a computer monitor. But what’s the point of an audio-visual presentation with a bunch of photos, TV screens, etc.? It’s just reproducing something that could just as easily be presented on a website, or as a documentary on the History Channel. No thanks.

The second bad trend in museums is the increasing political correctness of them. The old exhibits at the AMNH are real dead animals which were shot in Africa, and then preserved and stuffed. But the new exhibits are all models, and they mix in messages about preserving the environment and global warming. It makes me want to puke. My recommendation for visiting the AMNH is to skip the newer galleries and just look at the old-school galleries.

At art museums, nearly all of the art worth looking at was created before World War I. Curators look at any post-WWI art that actually looks skillfully executed as being “kitsch” and not worthy of display. So if you visit a museum specializing in post-WWI art, such as MoMA or the Whitney, you have been warned.

If there’s a photography exhibit, then the secret meaning of the photos will generally be to mock proles. Either that, or they will be photos that gay men find interesting. Which is not to say that gay men don’t have good taste; in fact they have much better taste than feminists and leftist SWPLs.

*Note: this post is a slight edit of a post from six years ago.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 19, 2017 at 2:52 pm

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  1. OT: this is a very good article


    January 19, 2017 at 3:41 pm

  2. “You never see any ghetto-looking people in a museum.”

    In Los Angeles you do. MoMA charges no admission one day of the week (can’t remember which), so I went there that day with my parents and was treated to the sight of a tattooed mexican gangbanger wearing a T-shirt proclaiming “FUCK SURENOS” in the company of his ugly, over-painted chola girlfriend.

    A pajamaboy employee of the museum told my mom she couldn’t bring in her little bottle of water, but said nothing to the cholo wearing a disgusting shirt that could get him and/or bystanders shot by a rival cholo (the Nortenos).

    Mexifornia blows, I’m so glad I left there 12 years ago.


    January 19, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    • I meant (the Surenos). I assume the gangbanger was a Norteno.


      January 19, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    • This is a vast exaggeration. On Friday night at MoMA, it’s all SWPL just like every other day.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      January 19, 2017 at 4:14 pm

      • He’s referring to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.


        January 19, 2017 at 10:48 pm

  3. Indian man here, and I have to say your observation of my people’s money pinching ways is spot on. When I was growing up, the stereotype of the cheap Indian was as prevalent in Canada as snow, and given that I was still a lefty In my younger years, the stereotype really grated on me. Post adulthood, I’ve had many business encounters with other Indians and the ruthless bargaining I experienced in some instances, left me emotionally scarred. Interestingly, some of the most obnoxiously cheap Indians I met were from the US, while the Canadian variety is just a tad bit better. As hard as it may be to believe Indians treat Caucasian better than they treat each other.

    FYI, I abhor political-correctness but the idea of shooting animals and putting them on display in museums is appalling and I’m glad it’s gone out of fashion. Damien Hirst, British pop artist bucked this trend up till the early nineties, and made a name for himself creating displays of very large animals in formaldehyde filled glass boxes. The works were stunning to look at, but the Indian in me found them grotesque.


    January 19, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    • do you hate white people?

      Otis the Sweaty

      January 19, 2017 at 4:28 pm

      • If he hated white people, he would have written a very different comment.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        January 19, 2017 at 4:34 pm

      • The Bengali “wt” who posts here occasionally hates white people but doesn’t act like it. Sometimes you need to ask.

        Otis the Sweaty

        January 19, 2017 at 5:07 pm

      • No, no, no, nothing but love for you guys.


        January 19, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    • Member of (((The Tribe))) here, so am familiar with stories about penny-pinching. I had a friend of Scottish descent who once asked me if I knew how copper wire was invented?

      A Jew and a Scot (or substitute your own target ethnic group(s) as desired) fighting over a penny.


      January 19, 2017 at 8:51 pm

      • @Sestamibi,

        I have to say that I don’t agree with the stereotype of Jews as being cheap, and I’m not saying that out of sensitivity. I do think a lot of Jewish stereotypes are true: I think we are argumentative, inflexible, phony about being liberals here and nationalists there, but cheap…haven’t noticed that.

        I think women are cheaper than men, and that the stereotype of women arguing over who had the guacamole and who had the shrimp dip when the check comes, while guys just split the check equally, is 100% accurate.


        January 20, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    • @Roli,

      In the other post I referenced an Indian friend who gives a nickel for admission to the museums. To his credit, he is an avid museum goer, and goes a lot. He loves Western culture. He feels no shame at giving only a nickel. ZFG.

      I agree w/you about animals, no shame in saying that unnecessary killing is inhumane.


      I’ve seen lots of blacks at the Cloisters. I have to say I was a bit surprised. But why should I be? They are probably Christians, looking at Christian art. Is that less strange than a Jew like me looking at Christian art? They didn’t strike me as being a bit resentful. They were in awe, like the rest of us. Maybe real black people aren’t the all the resentful assholes that populate the internet.


      January 19, 2017 at 9:21 pm

      • The Cloisters is also located in Fort Tryon Park, which isn’t too far off from a drug and crime infested area of Washington Heights, Dominicano-Landia.


        January 19, 2017 at 11:59 pm

      • JS, STFU. Washington Heights is a reasonably safe neighborhood. I walk there a lot. I have no fear. You’re a coward. Cowards are despicable unmanly creatures.


        January 20, 2017 at 12:41 pm

      • Relative to Central Park, Fort Tryon Park in Washington Heights is dangerous. There was a rape incident not too long ago and robberies are quite common.

        With such statistics, I have every reason to be a coward and not visit the Cloisters taking the A-Train. I’m sure SWPLs are nowhere to be found inside the park during twilight hours,


        January 20, 2017 at 7:41 pm

      • Fort Tryon Park is nearly all SWPL. The A train station for the park is in a SWPL neighborhood (Hudson Heights).

        Remember that ghetto people don’t like trees.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        January 20, 2017 at 7:52 pm

      • There was one rape and 4 robberies in Ft Tryon Park in 2015.


        January 20, 2017 at 9:49 pm

      • And how is this good news to you?


        January 20, 2017 at 10:27 pm

      • The Morris-Jumel mansion, where Washington billetted for a time and the oldest mansion in Manhattan, could be a worthwhile attraction but it’s in sore need of repair.

        Besides Hamilton’s Grange, Dykman’s Farmhouse is the colonial era attraction in Washington Heights that most merits seeing.

        Stunningly, the American Academy of Arts and Letters is housed in palatial buildings in the 150s. I’ve heard the best acoustics in the world are to be found in its recording studio. Alas the this establishment is infrequently open to the public. And doubtless totally unappreciated by denizens of Washington Heights.

        The other museum in Washington Heights , the Hispanic Society of America, is not as bad as it sounds. The buildings it’s housed in are actually elegant classically styled structures. The place looks like an Italian palazzo. It’s shares this complex with the American Academy of Arts.

        They don’t seem to be kept up terribly well, however, and the artwork is of course a hodgepodge of outright crap and the merely trite.

        It’s better than the African American museum in Harlem, which I must say is most pitiful. I was shocked by how small and unremarkable it was. I expected it to be bad, but in a different way. I also expected it to have at least some good. Nada.


        January 21, 2017 at 7:36 am

      • I’ve never heard of any of these except the Jumel!

        Another interesting site is Trinity Church’s uptown mausoleum, and graveyard. It’s in the 150s off Riverside Drive. I’ve only ducked into the mausoleum because the cemetery is up a hill, and I’m usually on a walk from upper Manhattan downtown and don’t want to go off-track. I have to conserve energy at my age.


        January 21, 2017 at 6:37 pm

      • @gothamette

        Ha. You know that cafe Taszo? I once sat beside a girl there and she was reading Steve Sailer. I quite nearly fainted for joy.

        Another time, I ran into a guy reading Sailer next door at Cafe Bene.

        Good times.


        January 21, 2017 at 7:59 am

      • No I don’t. Is that the cafe in the park?


        January 21, 2017 at 6:38 pm

      • Actually it’s in Audubon Terrace, on 157th street, just around the corner of Broadway.

        Taszo is pretty SWPL. Not a bad espresso pitstop if you’re walking up from the UWS.


        January 22, 2017 at 1:13 pm

      • Is that the Columbia Presbyterian Hospital neighborhood?

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        January 22, 2017 at 1:19 pm

      • Yea, approximately. The hospital is 10 blocks north. Street blocks lengthen a bit that far north, though. It’s a brisk 10 minute walk or about .7 of a mile, I’d wager.


        January 22, 2017 at 4:24 pm

      • Thanks for the tip. When in that area I usually chow down at the prole Latino bakery on 160th/Bway, west side of street. I may have the block wrong. It’s a very prole place. The pastries are yuge. But the last time I went there I thought they’d gone down in quality.

        I’ll have to check out Taszo. Thanks!


        January 22, 2017 at 1:37 pm

      • PS I’ll be sure to read me some Sailer there.


        January 22, 2017 at 1:38 pm

      • Haha. Oh, go on!

        My pleasure. Come to think of it, it’s right smack next to the 1 train stop; that’s the easiest and most proximate landmark.

        You know, Washington Heights supposedly has a growing, good size Orthodox population. But I’ve never so much as seen anyone wearing kipah!

        “Washington Heights’ Jewish Population Thriving After Lean Years”, DNAinfo.

        “In the past decade, the number of people living in Jewish households in Washington Heights grew 144 percent — from approximately 9,500 in 2002 to almost 24,000 in 2011, according to the most recent Jewish Community Study, released by the United Jewish Appeal Federation of New York in January 2013. This increase was the largest growth rate of any neighborhood in New York City or its suburbs, even in Orthodox Brooklyn, according to the study — which is done every decade.”

        “Rising To New Heights: Washington Heights and Inwood experience a Jewish revival — and this time, young families are putting down roots.”, The Jewish Week, September 24, 2013.

        “In recent years a growing number of Jews have moved to Inwood and to nearby Washington Heights, fueling a Jewish revival that began about a decade ago, and has accelerated over the last few years.”


        January 22, 2017 at 8:09 pm

      • My friends and family are excited about the Cloisters when I tied it to the “real DaVinci code” and “In the 30’s Rockefeller stripped out all these real medivel churches and reassembled them here (in our forum).”


        January 20, 2017 at 4:30 pm

      • FT Park is literally inside a ghetto.


        January 20, 2017 at 7:56 pm

      • No it’s not. The arteries leading to Ft. Tryon park on south, Ft. Washington Avenue and others (the names escape me) are mostly white. If you want, you can see Mother Cabrini’s corpse in that church. I did and found it totally disgusting.


        January 20, 2017 at 9:50 pm

      • The Hispanic Society of America serves only one true function and that’s not the interest of most SWPLs, let alone proles. It’s also has a sub-department called the Hispanic Seminary of Medieval Studies. The entire place is really a research institution for anything Medieval and Early Modern Spain.


        January 22, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    • I’m a white Canadian and I try to avoid doing business with Indians because i assume i will get ripped off.


      January 20, 2017 at 6:44 pm

      • Canada is beginning to appear like a modern day Ancient Greece in the 5th Century. The First Nations represent an outside entity like the Persians that precluded the Peloponnesian War, whom both Athens and Sparta fought against, and then the Athenians started to encroached into territory of their neighbors, which ignited a serious conflict to be told by Thucydides.

        Both Anglophone Canadians and Québécois have had strong tensions with the First Nations, but the French Canadians’ foremost nemesis are the Anglophones.


        January 20, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    • Recently I visited the Taj Majal. There are two separate lines for admission. Foreign tourists pay around US$15 and go rights in. The Indians have to wait in a long line and get thoroughly searched but pay only about US$0.40. Seems like a good deal to me – I always go first class in Asia. It’s worth it not to have to wait in line, not that there’s any choice in the matter. BTW, the Raj is as spectacular in person as it seems in pictures.

      Black Death

      January 20, 2017 at 7:42 pm


    …as for mocking proles this is my favorite (totally staged) example. try to guess what it is:


    January 19, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    • Well, damn that preview. Wasn’t in the original post.


      January 19, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    • It’s a photo by a woman named Ruth Orkin that she took in Italy in the early 50s, of a pre-obesity epidemic American girl running a gauntlet of Italian guys. And no, I didn’t have to google it. It’s not staged.


      January 19, 2017 at 9:27 pm

      • Also those men weren’t proles judging by their clothes. Those are young middle class Italian men. It was a different time.

        Peter Akuleyev

        January 20, 2017 at 3:52 am

      • Proles back then dressed in jackets and ties. They were prole.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        January 20, 2017 at 10:02 am

      • Most Italians in the early 50s were extremely poor but they always put a great stock in looking spiffy, so what little wealth they had was put into appearance. “Prole” means nothing here. Lion, you’re obsession with that word is so…prole.


        January 20, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    • Interview with the depicted woman:

      “The big debate about the picture, which everyone always wants to know, is: Was it staged? NO!” Craig said. “No, no, no! You don’t have 15 men in a picture and take just two shots. The men were just there … The only thing that happened was that Ruth Orkin was wise enough to ask me to turn around and go back and repeat [the walk].”

      “Some people want to use it as a symbol of harassment of women, but that’s what we’ve been fighting all these years,” Craig said in a telephone interview from her home in Toronto. “It’s not a symbol of harassment. It’s a symbol of a woman having an absolutely wonderful time!”

      Something of a precursor to ’10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman’, one might say.


      January 20, 2017 at 3:25 am

      • “It’s not a symbol of harassment. It’s a symbol of a woman having an absolutely wonderful time!”

        It’s remarkable how she was able to survive that harrowing and utterly demeaning experience of eye rape.

        Lewis Medlock

        January 20, 2017 at 11:44 am

  5. I’ve made a couple of weekday visits to the MoMA in the past year or so (the virtues of working nonstandard hours). My best guess is that the crowds each time were about 65% white, 30% Asian, and 5% black. None of the blacks were remotely ghetto; they tended to be older women in small groups, or one black girl in a group of young suburban white girls (I’m sure most of the latter were as acquainted with ghetto culture as I am acquainted with Siberian Native culture). I didn’t see any visible Hispanics but occasionally heard Spanish spoken.

    Demographically, the big thing is that the crowds were your basic Fish Taco Festival. Especially among the Asians.



    January 19, 2017 at 4:26 pm

  6. Don’t overlook the superb Frick Collection.

    Two in the Bush

    January 19, 2017 at 4:49 pm

  7. Is it consider mocking if the photograph is of impoverished proles suffering from disease, aftermath of war, etc?


    January 19, 2017 at 5:02 pm

  8. Tenement Museum on the LES is highly recommended, and undeservedly unknown.

    Uptown has some lesser known delights. In addition to the Cloisters, there’s
    Alexander Hamilton’s estate, The Grange, which has also been recently been reopened after relocating and renovation.


    January 19, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    • Yes, Tenement Museum highly recommended. I took my wife there on our second date back in 1996.


      January 19, 2017 at 8:53 pm

  9. What about Lauder’s Neue Gallery? I hear the restaurant is good.

    Re African museums, my sister had to go to a local one for a college course. I went with her. There were no black people there. It was run by white missionaries of some sect.

    Dave Pinsen

    January 19, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    • The coffee at the Neue Galerie is the best in NYC, desserts good, main courses meh.


      January 19, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    • Went to an African American museum once in Hampton VA. The place was huge and me and my white family were the only people in the place aside from the black employees. Was a little surreal but not completely unexpected given that I’d been raised among blacks and knew they disliked such things. The staff didn’t acted surprised.


      January 20, 2017 at 12:09 am

    • Indeed. Great collection. And the authentic Linzertorte is highly recommended.


      January 20, 2017 at 2:26 pm

  10. Don’t forget New York Transit Museum, has cool stuff and is open late. I always pay full admission, just never thought about it. I mean, when I go out to enjoy I’m large. I hate it when you go out and people start penny pinching. Fine, go shopping and be cheap, but not when you go out. I think people who pay a penny got no class or status. Say, they brought El Greco exhibit from Europe like they did a couple of years back, you gonna pay a penny to see El Greco? You are an animal.


    January 19, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    • Of course, Lion forgets to mention the Hispanic Society located in Washington Heights, founded by Archer Milton Huntington, a foremost Hispanicist from the early 20th century, which many people often overlook and do not visit. Hispanic as is Spain, and this institution was built during a time when the neighborhood was 100% White and not overrun by Dominicans. The artwork that are housed in the Society comes from Spain, including works by El Greco.


      January 19, 2017 at 11:54 pm

  11. I head that the Morgan Library and Museum is also excellent.


    January 19, 2017 at 7:26 pm

  12. Lion, during your years in Philly, did you ever visit the Barnes? Supposedly the Barnes has one of the most impressive collections of modern art in the world. And by modern I mean interesting good quality modern from the late 18th and early 19th centuries, not this crap that they pass around today.

    I lived in Philly for a while and I never heard of the Barnes, and nobody I associated with had heard of it. I’ll bet that most people in Philly were unaware of its existence. That probably had to do with the fact that it was located out in the suburbs and one had to make an appointment (no $charge, though) to visit. It is now housed in downtown Philly. More accessible. Worth taking a day trip to Philly to see.


    January 19, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    • Nope, never hear of it before. Been to the PMA (the museum that Rocky climbed).

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      January 19, 2017 at 7:53 pm


        Chock full of Picasso, Matisse, Cassat, Cezanne, El Greco, Renoir and much, much, much more.

        >>Been to the PMA (the museum that Rocky climbed).

        Of course you have.

        You know why you never heard of the Barnes, and why I never heard of it either, don’t you?………….

        Because we are proles.


        January 19, 2017 at 9:44 pm

      • ha!


        fine art is prole. museums are super prole.

        that's what she said!

        January 20, 2017 at 8:45 pm

      • The only worthy object that comes out of the Metropolitan Museum of Art which isn’t prole and of practical value is this:

        The Islamic Astrolabe – which was used to measure latitude, based on the observation of celestial beasts.

        Other than that, the Islamic wing in the museum is my favorite:

        Seen here with the curator during her heyday. Now how many museum curators are as attractive as her?


        January 21, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    • Been to the Barnes many times – it was better in the original building. The new one doesn’t fit with the vibe and I’m not a fan of salon style displays in general.

      Simba of the Blogosphere

      January 19, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    • The Barnes was in the news a lot a decade ago or so. The original owner of the works left strict instructions as to where and how the art was to be displayed. It got moved anyway.

      January 19, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    • The Barnes was truly amazing, insane almost. There were more important impressionist artworks than the MOMA and in a relatively modest maybe 6000 square foot mansion. You could literally walk up to these famous art works and be maybe a foot away- there were no ropes, no plexiglass, no frowning security people in the rooms. And every wall was covered with major names- a single room held more than most museums.

      And this trove was located in a woody neighborhood of similar sized houses and it was completely inappropriate for an ongoing attraction, hence you had to get tickets in advance as there was no parking lot. I parked on the street and walked back but tour buses would snake in and have to drop people off and leave the area completely,

      There is a documentary “The Art of the Steal” about sleazy Philadelphia politicians (and Ed Rendel) breaking the trust and looting the place and moving the art work to the down town museum. I am sure everything is all “curated”, sanitized, and walled off now.

      Lion o' the Turambar

      January 19, 2017 at 10:26 pm

      • The Barnes collection is worth $billions. Yet, the trustees through the years have been cash poor. In fact, the trustee nominated in Barnes’ will was the historically black Lincoln University, who – I think – has passed it on to some other entity. They were glad to get rid of the responsibility. Barnes’ will stated that the collection would be funded by his bequest which could only be invested in bonds, and that none of the collection could ever be sold or leased or whatever. Barnes acquired a huge portion of this magnificent collection during the depression when people were selling their assets for fractions of pennies on the dollar, having lost their fortunes in the stock market. Barnes distrusted the stock market. He didn’t anticipate that 1) stocks would be a better investment for the endowment over the long haul, and 2) that his initial bequest wouldn’t be enough to maintain a proper facility for the collection. Anyway, the collection is still intact, has been moved to downtown Philly and is worth a visit to Philly at least once in your lifetime to experience it. I haven’t seen the collection myself, but others state that there are few collections – private or public – in the entire world that rival it.


        January 20, 2017 at 4:07 am

      • I learned about the Barnes at my fancy liberal arts college (he was essentially desribed as a criminal of sorts). I started going to the collection after that. Tickets were very cheap, and even though the mansion was in a fancy neighborhood, the collection had an underground feel to it, like I was in on some sort of big secret.

        Some interested parties broke the will about a decade ago, and now the collection is in center city (the details are on wikipedia). Admission is $25, and the collection is still the same. They have recreated the original exhibition style, though of course the feel is different. Well worth seeing of course, but not cheap.

        The Shepherd

        January 20, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    • Perhaps relevant when pondering the whys of these awkward private museums.

      The Brant Foundation Art Study Center — a picturesque gallery space inside a converted 1902 stone barn — is just down the road from the Greenwich, Conn., estate of its creator, Peter M. Brant, the newsprint magnate and avid art collector. There are no identifying signs for the center, whether at the turnoff on North Street, at the security gate or on the building itself, though the location is known to the art-world cognoscenti and celebrities who attend the twice-a-year gala openings, held at the private polo club next door that Mr. Brant also founded. Visits to the center itself are by appointment only.

      Wealthy collectors, of course, have long saved millions of dollars in federal taxes by donating art and money to museums and foundations. But what distinguishes Mr. Brant’s center and a growing number of private tax-exempt exhibition spaces like it is that their founders can deduct the full market value of any art, cash and stocks they donate, even when the museums are just a quick stroll from their living rooms.


      January 20, 2017 at 3:36 am

      • I don’t see what the controversy is about these private museums. Being open by appointment only is not a big deal so long as anyone can make an appointment, in other words you don’t have to be an art scholar or anything. At one point visitors to the famous Getty Museum in Los Angeles had to make advance parking reservations.
        As for the limited hours, that’s not at all unusual for many smaller museums. For years I’ve followed the journal of a man who has tried to visit every museum in the state of Connecticut, and he’s often noted that the very limited hours of many small museums makes it difficult.



        January 20, 2017 at 1:08 pm

      • Depends on what you think about tax breaks for rich guys to collect art.


        January 20, 2017 at 2:44 pm

  13. Those old exhibits were looking a bit ratty last time I was there Lion. It made me wonder if Teddy Roosevelt actually shot the lions himself. I’m sure they were exciting to see back in their day, but now there doesn’t seem to be much point. You can just watch any of the myriad TV documentaries and get a better, more realistic picture of animal life.

    January 19, 2017 at 8:19 pm

  14. Come on, people, put your heads together and figure out how to get into the Metropolitan Opera House and other halls at Lincoln Center for free. I mean, we don’t want to pay for things, do we?


    January 19, 2017 at 8:21 pm

  15. Haven’t been to the Met in at least 20 years (about as long as I decamped from the NY/NJ area). Lion, you are too young to remember this, but back in 1962 the Met was graced by the appearance of The Mona Lisa itself. My preteen self dragged my father down to see it, which we did for all of about 20 seconds (as much time as the staff would allow us) after waiting on line about 2 1/2 hours.

    From what I’ve been told, that wait was exceeded only by the wait for the traveling King Tut show back in 1977. I saw that one in New Orleans, and the wait to get in was only about half an hour. No doubt it was a lot longer in New York.


    January 19, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    • I saw King Tut when I was a kid.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      January 19, 2017 at 11:44 pm

      • Lion. U can see the King Tut mask @ Egyptian Antiquities museum in Cairo. One of my memorable visits in a museum.


        January 20, 2017 at 1:21 am

    • That you forced a parent to take you to see the Mina Lisa as a preteen is perhaps the most impressive thing I’ve ever read on this site.


      January 20, 2017 at 12:14 am

  16. Went to the AMNH last year and I was bemused by the fact that most of the exhibits looked *exactly* like I remembered museums being like when I was a kid; kinda dingy and dated looking.

    Sadly the parts of the museum my kids found most enthralling were exactly the parts you detest – the movies, computer monitors, and AV presentations.

    Incidentally I thought the Central Park Zoo was a very nice little zoo, very well done.

    Last but not least: USS Intrepid.


    January 19, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    • When I was visiting NY last October I wanted to see the Intrepid the way it was seen in WWII. So I hiked down there very late at night. Nobody around (a few excitable foreigners who seemed a little lost, that is all. I helped them with their selfies and they wandered off). Being almost alone with a major fighting ship like that late at night in a huge city… Cool stuff. Paint scheme was a little off, and there was some weird little ballroom type thingy (a concession stand, maybe?) where the refueling cables were supposed to go, but still it was quite a moving experience to be next to this huge thing that roamed the Pacific with all those brave people on it not that long ago, and to just look at it sitting in the Hudson like that was the most normal thing in the world. Then I took a taxi to Veselka, but that is another story.

      howitzer daniel

      January 20, 2017 at 12:42 am

    • Prospect Park zoo is pretty good too. Lots of frisky African goats and cows to feed. The feed was expensive, so bring your own, if you like feeding a lot. They had nice capebaras at one time, but no more. Couldn’t take Brooklyn, I guess. I hope they didn’t just die, that would be a sad ending for cute animals.


      January 20, 2017 at 8:15 am

  17. ‘but now that I’m older and wiser, my feelings about this are (1) serves them right for charging a suggested donation; (2) the person who takes the money doesn’t give a crap about how cheap I am, and if anything I bet that he or she thinks that those paying full price are stupid; and (3) my tax dollars are used to support these institutions, so I’ve already paid my fair share.’

    I like paying. It gives me a part in preserving and making available to the public the things that are important. Say someone comes over and asks to pay $20 to make a display of a dinosaur or Bosch, I would think it’s worth while to contribute. $20 is nothing today anyway. Not even a penny of my taxes would ever get to a museum, so it’s not relevant.

    One thing you should know Lion, with museums you can give a penny, but with commandments you should never be cheap. You pay the real cost of talis, tefilin, mezzuza, matza etc… What you value, you pay full price for.


    January 19, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    • MFA in Boston has an excellent collection of 18th- and 19th-century American art. I first saw it when in H.S. and it was formative in my understanding of what America should be as a nation. Good meuseum.


      January 20, 2017 at 7:40 am

    • Religious paraphernalia should be sold in head shops (if they still have those).


      January 20, 2017 at 9:37 am

  18. quote from NeoGaf: “I ask this every day but can we start the revolt yet? I’m really at the point where risking a civil war would be worth denying this asshat the office. Everything we know as Americans is going to be ripped away from us and we’re just going to watch it on TV.”

    This was in response to Trump’s plans to cut funding for the National Endowment of the Arts.

    Otis the Sweaty

    January 20, 2017 at 5:50 am

    • Trump knows all about the arts funding bullshit game.

      Is anybody watching the inauguration? You can watch it on the net if you if you’re at work.


      January 20, 2017 at 10:32 am

  19. The Grolier Club has awesome exhibits. It’s a private club for rich bibliophiles but they show off their wares. Highly recommended for bookish types.

    Skip Foreplay

    January 20, 2017 at 7:56 am

    • Hey Skip foreplay, New York City has a museum of sex. Sounds like the sort of place that you would like to visit.

      The Morgan library is very good. It’s not that big, but it gives you an idea of how the 1% lived in the Gilded Age.


      January 20, 2017 at 10:40 am

      • Do they have an Anthony Weiner exhibit (oh, I slay myself) yet?


        January 20, 2017 at 11:24 am

      • Roaring with LOLs. I don’t know, I’ve never been but it’s a great idea. You should write it down and send it to them. I’m quite serious.


        January 20, 2017 at 11:51 am

      • It could be pretty popular.


        January 20, 2017 at 2:45 pm

  20. Bernie Sanders is at the inauguration! My admiration for the old coot is at an all-time high. He complimented Trump on his win, and now he is at the inauguration. He’s acting like an adult. Of course, he will vigorously fight practically everything that Trump tries to do, but he’s being an adult about it.

    Otis, what are the Bernie Bros at neograft saying? I don’t pay too much attention to them, but it strikes me that the Bernie wing of the democratic party is very sheepish about all this whereas the Hillary Wing are the ones who are openly defiant of trump.


    January 20, 2017 at 10:38 am

    • The Bernie Bros don’t like Trump, but they are still pissed at Hillary and the neoliberals. Keep in mind that the neoliberals dominate NeoGaf even more than they do DailyKos.

      The Bernie Bros are still all about “muh populism” to win back working class whites but the bulk of NeoGaf is just in generic Trump Derangement Syndrome. They have a thread up about the inauguration and they are taking it extremely hard.

      Otis the Sweaty

      January 20, 2017 at 11:08 am

      • I simply do not see how the Democrats can suppress the Bernie wing. Sooner or later, they will have to be accommodated. Where will the Jews go?


        January 20, 2017 at 12:43 pm

      • The Dems can easilly suppress the Bernie wing because the Berners are a minority. The Dem coalition of blacks plus neoliberal whites is unbeatable in the Dem primaries.

        So much of the 2020 primaries depends on if Biden runs. If he runs, the nomination is his. If he doesn’t the race will be an absolute free for all and will be extremely racially divisive as the blacks all back Cory and the whites all go with whoever makes it out of IA and NH.

        Otis the Sweaty

        January 20, 2017 at 1:10 pm

      • “The Dem coalition of blacks plus neoliberal whites is unbeatable in the Dem primaries.”

        There are Bernie Blacks. Younger, city-bread, more educated than Southern black church ladies. Then what? What if Keith Ellison gets the DNC chair?


        January 20, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    • I would rather have Trump than Bernie. As someone who did not vote for Trump, after seeing his cabinet appointments, he has grown on me. Bernie, not so much.


      January 20, 2017 at 1:35 pm

  21. Pretty good speech, Mr President.


    January 20, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    • Did he screw up the oath of office? I was too nervous to watch.

      Loved the speech. Never give in! The libs are calling it “divisive.” No shit, Sherlock.


      January 20, 2017 at 12:51 pm

      • Of course he nailed it.

        If you’re a Bernie bro, that speech had to drive your cognitive dissonance to hitherto unknowable levels. So it could potentially be pretty divisive to the Dems. And it was pretty fun to see the stonefaces of the Washington insiders during that part of the speech. I laughed in delight when he got started.


        January 20, 2017 at 2:42 pm

      • I think the Hillbots are more triggered by him.


        January 20, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    • I’ve never seen NeoGaf so distressed. And that is saying a lot. It was almost like Miller reads NeoGaf and wrote a speech just to troll them to the max. He is pushing all their buttons.

      Otis the Sweaty

      January 20, 2017 at 1:17 pm

      • Who/what is NeoGaf anyway?

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        January 20, 2017 at 1:35 pm

      • NeoGaf is a gaming site but it’s “Off Topic” board is the number 1 online community for non insane liberals. Imagine an entire board of diverse, “woke” Vox types as opposed to the middle aged and elderly misfits and weirdos you see at DKos.

        Otis the Sweaty

        January 20, 2017 at 2:17 pm

  22. I’m not sure about the AMNH or the Brooklyn Museum, but the reason why the Met has a pay-what-you-want policy is not because the trustees are so generous. It’s because the city requires the museum to have this policy as a condition for occupying city-owned land in Central Park.



    January 20, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    • I am pretty sure it’s a similar deal that, in the past, the city gave them stuff in return for the policy.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      January 20, 2017 at 1:35 pm

  23. Quote from distressed NeoGaffer:

    “We are looking at history here folks.
    Soak it in because america will never be the same. The world will change too.”

    Otis the Sweaty

    January 20, 2017 at 1:19 pm

  24. Another quote in response to Trump’s speech:

    “I’m so fucking terrified right now. This maniac is consumed by hate and bloodlust.”

    Otis the Sweaty

    January 20, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    • Signed, Washington Insider.


      January 20, 2017 at 2:43 pm

  25. Today is we officially begin the destruction of the immigrant community. Jan 20, 2017 will go down in history.

    Otis the Sweaty

    January 20, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    • No, not the immigrant community, the illegal alien community.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      January 20, 2017 at 2:56 pm

      • so you want to keep importing non-white immigrants by the millions every year?

        Otis the Sweaty

        January 20, 2017 at 3:25 pm

      • My daughter’s maid is petrified she’ll get deported. Was working by a customer today and he had this tinsky, like really tinsky Indian from South America cleaning the house, I felt sorry for her. I mean she is so tiny and she has a good job here and she is happy. Too bad, they’ll have to go back to the jungle, but I can feel sorry for them. This is funny: we all voted Trump and we all employ illegals. I think this is true patriotism when you vote against your own interests in the interest of common good. I’m pretty proud of my family on this account.


        January 20, 2017 at 3:39 pm

      • I don’t employ an illegal.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        January 20, 2017 at 4:21 pm

      • Trump has even back peddled on that promise. Now he is saying illegal aliens that are guilty of some other crime than just being here illegally. This is pretty much what Obama was doing.

        Of course Trump says all kinds of things. Now we get to see what his administration will really do.

        When Trump said a few days ago that he had people working on a health care plan and would propose it in a few days, Republican staffers in Congress working on heath care legislation were taken aback because they were unaware of this. They checked with the transition staff and confirmed Trump has no one working on a health care proposal of his own.

        Trump says a lot of things, but now what he actually does is equally important as what he says.


        January 20, 2017 at 3:41 pm

      • mikeca: you are TruCon scum.

        Trump’s plan for the destruction of the immigrant community has been consistent and clear from day 1.

        1. Border security, including a wall
        2. Defunding sanctuary cities
        3. E verify
        4. Empowering local law enforcement to go after illegals
        5. Massive deportation of illegals using the excuse that they are criminals. Vox had a good article about how Trump was going to go after illegals but spin it as he is just going after criminals.

        He doesn’t care about Obamacare and rarely speaks of it. The things Trump cares about like isolationism, law and order, trade and immigration he has always been extremely specific on and has never wavered.

        Otis the Sweaty

        January 20, 2017 at 4:31 pm

      • Once again, hes’ not going after the immigrant community, he’s going after the illegal alien community.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        January 20, 2017 at 5:01 pm

      • Lion, do you employ anyone?


        January 20, 2017 at 4:31 pm

      • No.

        And when I worked in corporate America, 100% of the employees were working legally (although many H-1Bs were here based on the scam that there was no American worker who could take the job).

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        January 20, 2017 at 5:02 pm

      • Jews shouldn’t hire illegal aliens.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        January 20, 2017 at 5:02 pm

      • ‘I don’t employ an illegal.’

        I was talking about my immediate family, not you. As a Jew you are also my family, but very extended. If it made dollars and sense to you like Medicaid dies, you jolly well would though. These things are very common sense, you know.


        January 20, 2017 at 4:54 pm

      • Lion: so you support legal immigration?

        Otis the Sweaty

        January 20, 2017 at 5:05 pm

      • I support a lot less legal immigration than we currently have. But future immigrants are not part of the present “immigrant community.”

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        January 20, 2017 at 5:07 pm

      • Destroying 13 million illegals and making it impossible for millions of illegal non-citizen immigrants to remain in the US is destroying the immigrant community.

        Otis the Sweaty

        January 20, 2017 at 5:17 pm

      • That’s the illegal alien community. You are falling into the mainstream media language of calling illegal aliens “immigrants.”

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        January 20, 2017 at 5:19 pm

      • Relax, Lion, he just uses that phrase so liberals can’t read his comments without suffering a sudden spike in blood pressure.


        January 20, 2017 at 6:11 pm

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