It would take multiple visits to fully appreciate this sprawling–as in 13-acres of Central Park sprawling–collection of over 5,000 years of art from every corner of the world. As one of the biggest museums in the world, the gorgeous late 19th century neo-classical institution displays some of the finest examples of art spanning from mummified royalty of ancient times to avant garde fashion couture from last year’s runway. Visitors young and old are mesmerized by the Temple of Dendur, an Egyptian temple from 10 B.C. that was transposed from its Nile-side location to the bright, sun drenched Sackler Wing overlooking a reflective pool. Other highlights include the impressive array of European and Asian armor, Grecian sculptures, medieval art and contemporary photography. After hours of exploring relax by a fountain in the indoor sculpture garden or ponder what it all means in the Astor Chinese Garden Court, nestled off the Asian Art galleries.
Advanced online tickets will allow museum-goers to skip the lines, but, word of warning you’ll have to pay the full suggested donation ($25, seniors $17, students $12). Budget-conscious art fans should come early on weekdays, pay what they wish and come often–the special exhibits change every few months and vary from big-name retrospective block busters to displays of little-known gems.
|Venue name:||The Metropolitan Museum of Art||Contact:|
1000 Fifth Ave
|Cross street:||at 82nd St|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu, Sun 10am–5:30pm; Fri, Sat 10am–9pm.|
|Transport:||Subway: 4, 5, 6 to 86th St|
|Price:||Suggested donation $25, seniors $17, students $12, members and children under 12 free|
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Cristóbal Villalpando: Mexican Painter of the Baroque
Witness the sumptuous Old and New Testament portraits of this 17th- and 18th-century master at this special exhibition, which collects works never seen outside Mexico. You won’t be able to miss the showstopper: Villalpando’s dramatic, 28-foot painting...Exhibitions Until Sunday October 15 2017
“Irving Penn: Centennial”
As one of the giants of 20th-century photography, Irving Penn (1917–2009) was known for his fashion photography, portraits and still lifes. His stunning large format, black-and-white images of models and celebrities helped to define the look of midcentury...Contemporary art Until Sunday July 30 2017
Adrián Villar Rojas, “The Theater Of Disappearance”
Born in 1980, Adrián Villar Rojas is a young Argentine artist who has rapidly achieved major success thanks to his ambition of scale and the deep pockets of his patrons. Judging from his work, he aspires toward the same sort of ruined grandeur admired...Contemporary art Until Sunday October 29 2017
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Nasty Women of the Metropolitan Museum
Calling all shady ladies and nasty women of the art world! Learn about all the OG glass-ceiling breakers to be found at the Met as erotic-art historian and professor Andrew Lear takes you on a tour of the museum’s works featuring woman scientists, suffragettes...Exhibitions Thursday July 27 2017 - Thursday August 31 2017
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Every visit to the Met is like being inside my own personal Bedknobs and Broomsticks movie. You could spend DAYS exploring this massive place, so plan accordingly. The building itself is absolutely statuesque, and the inside is no different. The place is covered in marble and holds cultural treasures from all corners of the earth. I usually settle on the paintings of the Renaissance, and I need to make it over to the rooftop exhibit before it closes for the colder seasons. It's also lovely to get a glass of wine here on Friday evenings and listen to live classical music playing. The Met represents the absolute best of New York, including its beauty and intelligence. I should go a lot more than I do and try to steal some of its presence.
The MET offers the richest cultural experience available to anyone who has a dollar to spare. I visited over the summer with my girlfriend and we were able to enjoy drinks on the rooftop while enjoying the sun and breathtaking view of Central Park. We were in disbelief that we could see the original masterpieces of some of the greatest artists that have ever lived, including Vincent van Gogh's self portrait and Monet's Impressionist classics. My girlfriend idolizes Monet so for us, that was one of the best exhibits. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is an incredible place we will happily visit time and time again.