The crying shame of business travel is this: you go to cool places where you can spend entire days and see nothing but conference rooms. Never fear. At least in New York I have an easy 45 minute fix for curing the “cultural zero” blues. It’s the Museum of Arts and Design. Here are its virtues:
- FAST. You can fly through the entire place in 45 minutes if you want. Or take the same amount of time to really see two or three exhibits.
- FRESH. Only one of the five small exhibit floors is dedicated to the permanent collection. So it is always fresh.
- FUN. The emphasis is on craft and the combination of interesting materials, techniques and often slightly bizarre themes makes it highly stimulating. And it doesn’t make you feel like an ignoramous if you don’t know your Manet from your Monet.
It’s right at the bottom of Central Park on Columbus Circle so you practically trip on it during many New York sojourns. Give it a try! Visiting this tiny gem of a museum makes me feel 100% better about a kamikaze New York trip. It’s a place that gives and does not take.
Here’s what I took in yesterday with a cool 45 minutes between appointments:
A final insider tip. If you are REALLY pressed for time, just duck into the museum shop right off the lobby. It’s a total visual treat and you can score terrific gifts there, even for kids.