The biggest gap in New York's museum scene (at least until the Frick undergoes major renovations) has been the long-term closure of the Hispanic Society Museum. This vastly under-visited institution houses one of the world's most impressive collections of Spanish artwork outside of Spain. When major institutions need to supplement their own collection for an exhibit, they come to the Hispanic Society.
What You Will See
While it is obviously better to visit the Hispanic Society Museum when it is open (currently scheduled for the end of 2019), its location on the stunning Audubon Terrace on 155th street makes it a destination even with its doors closed to the public. Several large-scale outdoor sculptures, including El Cid and Don Quixote, dominate the terrace, while the stunning architecture of the Society building and the surrounding plaza make this one of the best outdoor spaces in Upper Manhattan.
Why You Should Go
Mark your calendars for the most anticipated museum (re)openings of the year, when, after more than two years, the Hispanic Society reopens its doors and its unparalleled collection of Spanish, Portuguese, Colonial, and Phillipino art is back on public view.