Is NYC cold in January? That would be a yes.  Is it possible to get caught in a massive snow storm during January?  Also a yes.  Should we care?  Nope.  Because we will all be inside, enjoying some of the most important and interesting NYC Antiques Shows and Art Shows in the country.  January in NYC is All About Art and Antiques!  From the Winter Antiques Show, to the Outsider Art Fair, January is a GREAT month to visit Manhattan!

First Published: January 7, 2019 Last Updated: December 11, 2019

NYC Antiques

Many travelers might not pick January as the idea month to visit NYC.  It’s REALLY cold!  But, for all my readers who are collectors, weather has never been a factor in the hunt for the next object or treasure to add to our collections.

There are several amazing NYC Antiques shows in January, as well as great Art Shows an important Auctions, so let’s walk through each of them!


a man in a brown coat and a cowboy hat holding a large wooden boot

Will Evans with his Cowboy Boot Trade Sign, purchased at of of the January NYC Antiques Shows



The Winter Antiques Show


Per the web site, “The Winter Show is the leading art, antiques, and design fair in America, featuring 70 of the world’s top experts in the fine and decorative arts.  Held at the historic Park Avenue Armory in New York City, the Fair highlights a dynamic mix of works dating from ancient times through the present day, and maintains the highest standards of quality in the art market. Each object at the Fair is vetted for authenticity, date, and condition by a committee of 150 experts from the United States and Europe.”

The show runs January 24-February 2, 2020 with a very swanky Opening Night Gala on January 23.  For ticket information, click here.  And for more detailed information about The Winter Show, click here to read a post I wrote in 2018.  But, in a nut shell, these antiques are museum-quality fabulous.  No bargain hunting here, but truly some of the finest American and European antiques I have ever seen.

My husband and I will be in attendance for the 6th year in a row, and would not miss The Winter Antiques Show for all the tea in China.  It’s truly amazing!


a group of antique furniture in a booth at the Winter Show

Gorgeous Antiques are in abundance at The Winter Show



The Outsider Art Fair


Running January 16-19, 2020 at the Metropolitan Pavilion, The Outsider Art Fair is one of my absolute favorites!  Over sixty dealers, including our dear friends Joshua Lowenfels and Steven Powers, will exhibit works by self-taught artists, ranging from paintings, sculpture and iron works to photography and folk art.

There’s an energy and vibrancy at this show that is exciting, and you really never know what you are going to see.  For more information, click here. You will not find any antiques at this show, but you will see important art that is interesting and though-provoking.


man touching a rusty bicycle encased in a tree stump at the Outsider Art Fair NYC

Joshua Lowenfels describes his found art piece “Bicycle Tree”



Christie’s Auction House


Another fun way to enjoy art and antiques in NYC during January is to attend the previews and sales at the major auction houses in NYC.  Attending the preview is like a mini visit to a museum, as all the items for sale during the auction are on display.

Often, Christie’s Auction House will host an auction that coincides with the Winter Antiques Show and/or the Outsider Art Fair.  On January 17, 2020 there will be an auction of Outsider Art, including works by Henry Darger and Bill Traylor.



Important Americana at Sotheby’s


Similarly, Sotheby’s is hosting several sales in January, and you can see the full listing here.  We will absolutely preview the Important Americana sale, and my husband might attend the actual auction.  There’s also several educational symposiums being offered, that would an excellent learning opportunity for anyone who wants to learn more about art and antiques.


Sotheby's building Exterior

Sotheby’s NYC



The Art, Design & Antiques Show at Wallace Hall


This is a NYC antiques show my husband and I never miss.  In its 5th year, the Art, Design & Antiques Show at Wallace Hall hosts over thirty dealers, specializing in gorgeous Folk Art, antiques, decorative objects, paintings, jewelry, and more.  Year after year, we always find several treasures to bring back with us to Texas, like the cabinet we picked up two years ago, pictured below.  The show runs January 24-26, 2020.  For more information, click here.


a red antique dresser with white knobs with two horse shaped weather vanes sitting on top

Found at the Wallace Hall Show


There’s so much to do and see in NYC any time of the year, but in January, for me, it’s all about Art and Antiques.  If you plan to be in the city, and all that antiquing leaves you feeling hungry, you might be interested in my NYC Restaurant Guide.

I’ll be doing a lot of Instagram Live and Instagram Stories, so be sure you are following me on Instagram by clicking here.  And, my husband will be documenting as well, so I’d encourage you to follow him on Instagram as well by clicking here!

Happy treasure hunting friends!




a grouping of antique furniture with text overlay



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