Amid the Kandinskys and Picassos and Brancusis, NYC's Guggenheim Museum contains a small reading library, with many art and architecture books for adults to peruse. A couple of shelves of art-themed picture books are available for the youngest museum-goers, too. On a recent visit, I noted, among other titles, The Pencil, by Allan Ahlberg, with illustrations by Bruce Ingman (Candlewick, 2008), and Willie Was Different, by Norman Rockwell (Berkshire House, 1994). (My friend Elaine Clayton's book Ella's Trip to the Museum, Crown, 1996, would fit in well here.) The Guggenheim's online shop sells I'd Like the Goo-Gen-Heim, written and illustrated by A.C. Hollingsworth. First published in 1970, it was reissued in 2009.
Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Guggenheim does not have a traditional floor plan; its spiral structure features a continuous ramp running from the top floor to the first. Although not the least interested in the paintings on the walls, my 11 year old thought the building itself was awesome and hoped for a skateboard to ride the spiral walkway down. He settled for taking pictures, like the one above (taken from the first floor, looking up).
He bought a Lego kit of the museum in the gift shop, and quickly put it together when we got home. The mini version of the NYC landmark sits on our mantle, and for some reason, one of our cats often knocks it onto the floor. Oh, gosh, there goes the Guggenheim again—but it's repaired in a timely manner.