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Note: The Studio Museum is closed for renovations until 2020. It will be showing works in other venues, mostly in Harlem, so head to its website to see if any offerings are on while you're in town.

Though it’s not a large museum, the Studio Museum is one of the most respected in Gotham, known for presenting challenging, intricate shows of African-American and Caribbean-American art (contemporary and from the 19th and 20th centuries). In addition to two floors of galleries that host changing exhibitions, there’s a space right off the lobby for the semi-permanent “Postcards from Harlem” wall, on which famous artists share their own memories of the neighborhood through text, photography, paintings, and drawings.