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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“Before/On/After: William Wegman and California Conceptualism”
With the help of his canine collaborator Man Ray, William Wegman deflated the pretension of Conceptual Art with lo-fi videos and photos documenting the various performative shenanigans—starring the aforementioned Man Ray—produced in Wegman’s studio. The...Contemporary art Until Sunday July 15 2018
“William Eggleston: Los Alamos”
The Met brings out its edition of “Los Alamos,” the most famous portfolio of images by William Eggleston. Starting in 1965, Eggleston began experimenting with color film, becoming one the first photographers to do so in a fine art context. “Los Alamos,”...Photography Until Monday May 28 2018
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Nasty Women of the Metropolitan Museum
Learn about badass ladies throughout history on this two-hour tour. Highlights include the most powerful female pharaoh of Egypt, the first official Roman empress, women painters who focused on women's lives (not their bodies) and a female scientist in...Walks and tours Saturday April 28 2018 - Saturday July 7 2018
“Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”
The names of fashion designers raised in the Catholic faith is almost too numerous to list, so suffice to say that fashion has taken many style cues from the Church’s propensity for ritual drama and flair. For this show, papal robes and accessories from...Design Thursday May 10 2018 - Monday October 8 2018
“History Refused to Die: Highlights from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation Gift”
On view are paintings, sculptures, drawings and quilts by such stars of self-taught contemporary African American art as Thornton Dial, the quilters from Gee's Bend, Alabama and Nellie Mae Rowe among others.Folk art Tuesday May 22 2018 - Sunday September 23 2018
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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.