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Tour the Met for the 50th anniversary of From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

Rebecca Fontana

In the perfect combination of art history and middle school nostalgia, The Metropolitan Museum of Art will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of E.L. Konigsburg's From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler with special tours on July 13 and 15.

The Newbery Medal–winning book turns 50 this year, so by now the majority of New Yorkers likely read it at some point in grade school. And we’d be lying if we said we didn’t scope out our choice hiding spots every time we’ve visited the Met since. (Please only participate in official museum sleepovers, though. You don’t want to be that kind of lawbreaker.)

For those less familiar with classic children’s books, the 1967 tome tells the story of two children who sneakily spend the night at the museum. The tours at the Met this summer will take you to locations featured in the story, like the Egyptian mummy and bronze cat. The Michelangelo "Angel" is fictional, unfortunately, but if you want to see more of his work we got you.

The free Art Trek events are held several weekend each month, and though they’re technically for families, our inner eight-year-old selves want to crash the tour. We’re pretty sure the Kincaids would approve.


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