Fotografiska in New York
Fotografiska in New York is a photography museum and an outpost of the renowned Fotografiska Museum in Stockholm. The New York City location opened in 2019 and shows some of the best photography in the world, both from emerging and established artists. The museum hosts many events and aims to be as much a hangout as a museum. Fotografiska NYC is open late, so it’s a great place to go in the evening, and you can even enjoy the artworks with a glass of wine in hand!
The History Behind Fotografiska
Swedish brothers Jan and Per Broman grew up immersed in the world of photography. The brothers learned to create and develop images from an early age, since their father was darkroom manager for a newspaper and even built a darkroom at home. The passion for photography stuck, and in 2010 the Broman brothers founded the Fotografiska Museum in Stockholm, aiming to inspire a more conscious world through the power of photography. It quickly became a big draw, so the brothers decided to take the concept first to Tallinn, Estonia, and then across the pond to New York.
Located in the Flatiron District, Fotografiska in New York is only a short walk from Flatiron Building. The museum is in a historical building from 1894, formerly called Church Missions House. The six-floor Renaissance Revival building is a registered New York City landmark and is an impressive setting for Fotografiska New York’s multi-concept venue.
Exhibitions at Fotografiska New York
Fotografiska in New York is a bit of an unusual museum. The aim is to be more than “just” a place to view art and to give visitors a full experience. The museum has many events and the programming goes beyond photography with talks, workshops, fashion shows, DJ nights, poetry readings, wine tastings and much more.
Fotografiska doesn’t have any permanent exhibitions or collections. Instead, the museum hosts rotating exhibitions which allows it to showcase a broader range of works. This approach also makes it possible to react to current world events, making Fotografiska a very timely platform. The aim is to always have a broad selection of photography on display – from fashion and commercial work to fine art and documentary photography – to attract a wide audience. 5 different photo exhibitions are usually on at the time, and they are often changed, ensuring the museum is exciting for regular visitors as well.
Drinks and Dining at Fotografiska
Fotografiska in New York houses both a café, bar, and restaurant. Museum Café offers bites such as salads, sandwiches, soup, and pastries. Here you can also pick up a glass of wine or a cocktail to enjoy whilst exploring the artworks upstairs.
On the second floor, you’ll find the luxurious restaurant Verōnika with dishes inspired by French and Eastern European cuisine. The name is a nod to the patron saint of photography, Veronica. The decadent interior is modern but at the same time takes you back to the turn of the 20th century.
You can also round off your museum visit at V Bar, a speakeasy bar in the restored chapel next door to Fotografiska.
- Opening hours:
- Wednesday – Sunday: 11:00 – 21:00
- Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day
- Location: 281 Park Ave South, at E 22nd St.
In addition to Fotografiska New York, there are many more top New York museums to visit.
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