5. The Salmagundi Club (Founded 1871)
The Salmagundi Club 47 Fifth Avenue
Art is alive and well at The Salmagundi Club, founded in 1871 and one of the oldest art organizations in the U.S Its current location at 47 Fifth Avenue was built in 1853 as the residence of the president of the Pennsylvania Coal Company and in 1917, The Salmagundi Club purchased the mansion where it has resided ever since. The building was designated a Historical Landmark in 1969 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.
In 2014, the brownstone underwent a major restoration adding more grandeur to the large gallery halls that form the majority of the club. In addition, there’s a tap room downstairs and smaller meeting rooms upstairs. The Salmagundi Club is one of the more affordable clubs, at only $247.50 per year for junior members (under 35) and patrons who support the arts. The Salmagundi also has reciprocal memberships with clubs like The Players Club, The National Arts Club, as well as clubs around the world.