Welcome to America Comes Alive!, a site I created to share little-known stories of America’s past. These stories are about Americans—people just like you—who have made a difference and changed the course of history. Look around the site and find what inspires you.
On October 21, 1959, the Guggenheim Museum opened in New York City. Commissioned by art collector Solomon R. Guggenheim and designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the museum was to house Guggenheim’s impressive collection of contemporary art. The museum itself was a work of art with its long inner ramp spiraling downward from a large central rotunda. Located on New York’s Museum Mile, along Fifth Avenue by Central Park, the Guggenheim has become one of the city’s most popular attractions.