Opened in 1880, The Metropolitan Museum of Art isn’t technically NYC’s oldest museum (that distinction belongs to The New-York Historical Society, founded in 1804) but it is the largest among Gotham’s art institutions, with some impressive statistics to prove it. Taking up 11.5 acres within Central Park along Fifth Avenue, The Met measures two million square feet and receives more than 4 million visitors annually. Its collection, which spans 5,000 years of art history from pre-history to the present, boasts 36,000 objects, including 2,500 European Old Master, Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, as well as the greatest collection of Egyptian art and artifacts outside Cairo—among them, the full-scale Temple of Dendur. Other major attractions include The Met’s American and Lehmann Wings; The Costume Institute; the Rooftop Garden, which offers spectacular views of the Park and the Midtown skyline; and, of course, its 29 amazing period rooms. The Met no longer offers pay-what-wish admission to anyone who isn’t a New York State resident, but even so, a stroll through the museum’s multitude of treasures is one of the greatest pleasures of being in New York.
Where is the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York?
The museum is at 1000 5th Ave on the Upper East Side.
When can I visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York?
The museum is open seven days a week, Mon–Thu, Sun 10am–5:30pm; Fri, Sat 10am–9pm.
How do I get tickets to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York?
Tickets can be purchased online at the Met website or at the museum entrance.
What’s the best way to get to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York?
Take the 4, 5, 6 to 86th St.
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Best exhibitions, current and upcoming, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
No matter how you slice it, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is the greatest art museum in the world. Among New York City museums, it's numero uno, seconded only by MoMA. Just five blocks south of the Solomon R. Guggenheim on Fifth Avenue's fable Museum Mile, The Met contains artworks spanning some 5,000 years. Meanwhile, The Met Breuer at 75th St and Madison Avenue hosts Contemporary and Modern Art. Both places feature exhibitions that are not to be missed. If you want to find what's currently on view at both places, along with the upcoming shows that are on tap this summer and fall (including this year's rooftop commission by Berlin artist Alicja Kwade, a show of rock-and-roll guitars and a Costume Institute survey of camp fashion) look no further than our guide to best exhibitions, current and upcoming, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to museums in NYC
You can soon take a Game of Thrones-inspired tour of The Met
Adventure tour group Fable and Lark is turning the Metropolitan Museum's collection into an epic fantasia this spring. Starting March 1, you'll be able to join "Crown and Prophet: An Epic Fantasy Adventure" in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which brings you up close to works sharing thematic resonance with Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings and other beloved high fantasy sagas. Through group activities, scavenger hunts and guided tours, you'll discover iconic pieces that inspired some of your favorite series. George R.R. Martin found heavy inspiration for Game of Thrones in the story of the Wars of the Roses, so count on taking in some classic artworks from medieval England. And you'll likely be jumping around the massive museum to hit some of the vast mythological influences from Norse, Germanic, Persian and Greek mythologies that strongly influenced J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. The (unofficial, unauthorized) tour starts March 1, and runs Tuesdays at 11am and Fridays at 5:45pm. Tickets start at $47.50, and you can learn more about the tour here.