America's Best Small Art Museums

For an intimate look at some of the world’s great art, these smaller, lesser-known museums provide the ideal setting.

David Heald
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The Jewish Museum, New York City

Founded in 1904 in the library of the Jewish Theological Seminary, the Jewish Museum moved to the tony Warburg family’s French Gothic mansion on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 92nd street in 1947. The permanent collection contains nearly 30,000 objects spanning 4,000 years, and explores themes like feminism, food and drink, and ritual in Jewish culture. While works by eminent Jewish artists such as Max Liebermann, Ida Kohlmeyer, and Mark Rothko are continuously on view, it is the temporary exhibitions that tend to draw the largest crowds. Make time to visit Russ & Daughters’ 70-seat, sit-down restaurant in the museum’s lower level for the best knish, smoked salmon, and shissel rye in the city. 1109 Fifth Ave, New York, NY; 212-423-3200; thejewishmuseum.org. —Rachel Hurn