The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Time Out says
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.
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“In Praise of Painting: Dutch Masterpieces at The Met”
This re-installation of The Met’s holdings of 17th-century Dutch painting brings together masterpieces by Rembrandt, Hals, Vermeer, and others in a thematically arranged hanging that presents these treasures from Holland’s Golden Age in a whole new l...Masterpiece Until Sunday October 4 2020
“Making Marvels: Science and Splendor at the Courts of Europe”
This show covers the centuries between the Renaissance and the Enlightenment, an era of discovery led by figures such as Galileo and Newton. This revolution in knowledge based on empirical evidence attracted the attention of the rich and powerful. Wanting...Arts centers Until Sunday March 1 2020
“Sahel: Art and Empires on the Shores of the Sahara”
This splendid exhibition at the Met covers a part of history that isn’t well known in the United States: the period, spanning more than a millennium, in which a succession of kingdoms and empires enriched by gold and trade routes—Ghana (circa 300–1200...Arts centers Until Sunday May 10 2020
“The Facade Commission: Wangechi Mutu, The New Ones, will free Us”
For the first-ever facade commission at the Met, Mutu fills the niches flanking the museum’s entrance with four monumental bronzes that put an Afro-futuristic spin on a classical architectural feature known as a caryatid, a column or pillar that takes...Contemporary art Until Monday June 8 2020
“The Great Hall Commission: Kent Monkman, mistikôsiwak (Wooden Boat People)”
The 2010s witnessed an unprecedented increase in the number of artists of color exhibiting at galleries and museums—a wave of diversity challenging white heterosexual cultural hegemony that nevertheless remains dependent on both formal tropes borrowed...Contemporary art Until Sunday April 12 2020
“About Time: Fashion and Duration”
The Metropolitan Museum is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, and in light of all of those years passing by, the Costume Institute is mounting this exhibition about fashion’s relationship with time. The show explores how fashion’s history is...Design Thursday May 7 2020 - Monday September 7 2020
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This is a great museum with a TON to see. You've gotta plan out your plan of attack in advance as you can't see everything in one visit. There's just so much great exhibits to see.
The special exhibit was one on Michelangelo which showcased his works leading up to the Sistine Chapel with an awesome lighted replica shown at the end. There are also some great highlights and real famous works of art throughout that you can make your way around and will say "I know that piece" but be sure to spend some time in the Egypt section. It's absolutely incredible. Enjoy!
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.