A selection of puzzles from The Met, MoMA, Whitney Museum, LACMA, and the Art Institute of Chicago
Photo: Compilation by Mark Rosen

The Most Artful Puzzles to Buy from Museums Right Now

From Andy Warhol to Frank Stella, a selection of art puzzles from our favorite institutions

With art galleries, museums, and theaters shuttered, culture vultures are looking for new forms of entertainment. And while the art world has certainly stepped up with a number of exciting digital initiatives—countless virtual viewing rooms, talks, webinars, and even artist-hosted cocktail hours—why not take a break from technology with a good old-fashioned puzzle?

These art-inspired puzzles not only call for one’s full mental attention on the task at hand, allowing a brief respite from the anxiety of the pandemic, but their purchase also supports some of our favorite art institutions. Read on for Galerie’s selection of the most artful examples to while away an afternoon indoors.

Inside the Museum puzzle. Photo: Courtesy of the Met

1. Metropolitan Museum of Art: Inside the Museum Puzzle 

See The Met’s galleries and the fascinating objects within come to life in this remarkably detailed 500-piece puzzle. $20, store.metmuseum.com 

Jeff Koons Loopy jigsaw puzzle. Photo: Courtesy of the Whitney

2. Whitney Museum: Jeff Koons Loopy Jigsaw Puzzle 

This whimsical 204-piece puzzle depicts Jeff Koons’s painting Loopy (1999) from his “Easy Fun” series. $38, shop.whitney.org 

Andy Warhol Selfies puzzle. Photo: Courtesy of LACMA

3. Los Angeles County Museum of Art: Andy Warhol Selfies Puzzle

Create your own collage of the artist’s iconic self-portrait Polaroid photographs in this 1,000-piece puzzle. $17, thelacmastore.org

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Frank Lloyd Wright Imperial Hotel foil puzzle. Photo: Courtesy of the Detroit Institute of Art

4. Detroit Institute of Arts: Frank Lloyd Wright Imperial Hotel Foil Puzzle

Revel in the glamour of Art Deco with this re-creation of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Imperial Hotel Peacock rug. The gold-foil embellishments add a special touch. $15, diashop.org

Claude Monet Arrival of the Normandy Train puzzle. Photo: Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago

5. The Art Institute of Chicago: Claude Monet Arrival of the Normandy Train Puzzle

Sort through 1,000 die-cut pieces to re-create one of Monet’s most famous paintings, and start thinking about a trip to France when the world opens back up. $20, shop.artic.edu

Frank Stella puzzle. Photo: Courtesy of LACMA

6. The Museum of Modern Art: Frank Stella Puzzle 

Featuring Frank Stella’s bold, geometric painting Firuzabad, where two overlapping circles are filled with both concentric and diagonal stripes of brilliant color, this 750-piece puzzle is made with die-cut and contoured edges. $20, store.moma.org

Pattern puzzle. Photo: Courtesy of LACMA

7. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago: Pattern Puzzle 

This striking pattern puzzle features the designs of Dusen Dusen, a clothing line known for its bold, original textile prints. $25, mcachicagostore.org

Andy Warhol “Flowers” puzzle. Photo: Courtesy of LACMA

8. Los Angeles County Museum of Art: Andy Warhol ‘Flowers’ Puzzle 

Enjoy a hint of spring with this 500-piece puzzle that features Warhol’s iconic “Flowers” series from 1970. $15, thelacmastore.org

Dehn: Spring in Central Park puzzle. Photo: Courtesy of the Met

9. The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Dehn: Spring in Central Park Puzzle 

While housebound, you can still enjoy a spring walk in the park, thanks to this 1,000-piece puzzle that features a charming watercolor by Adolf Dehn, found in The Met’s collection. $20, store.metmuseum.org

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