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Long Island City Art Tour: Museums and Art Galleries in Long Island City, Queens

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Museum for African Art
African Art Museum

African Art Museum in Sunnyside

Photo (c) John Roleke
The only museum dedicated to African art in New York City, the Museum for African Art is planning to relocate to a new building in Manhattan. While still based in Sunnyside, Queens, the Museum has curtailed its exhibits. Only offices and a gift shop are currently open. The Museum continues to stage exhibits at other locations.

The Museum is in a Sunnyside warehouse, separated from the rest of the Long Island City art world by rail yards. It's only minutes away by the 7 train, but walking can be tricky. From the Museum of the Moving Image take Steinway/39th Street.

Visiting Times:

  • Monday, Thursday, Friday - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sunday - 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Wednesday - Closed
Cost: Free to visit gift shop

Address: Museum for African Art, 36-01 43rd Ave, 3rd floor, Long Island City, NY 11101, 718-784-7700

Directions by Car:
  • Queensboro Bridge, follow signs to Queens Blvd and turn left on 35th. Right on 43rd Ave. Museum is at 36th St.
  • LIE-East, just after Midtown Tunnel toll plaza, exit Borden Ave. Left on Borden. Left onto Van Dam St. Right on Queens Blvd. Left on 35th. Right on 43rd Avenue. Museum is at 36th St.
  • LIE-West, exit Van Dam St. Right on Van Dam. Right on Queens Blvd and then left on 35th. Right on 43rd Ave. Museum is at 36th St.
Subway: #7 subway to 36th St. Walk north on 36th.

Buses: Q32, Q39, and Q60 buses to Queens Blvd.

Where to Eat: It's a walk, but cheap, good coffee-house Alpha has donuts (Alpha, 45-16 Queens Blvd)
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