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UPDATE:  The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that all three of its locations—The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters—will be closed starting Friday March 13 due to coronavirus.

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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Address: 1000 Fifth Ave
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Cross street: at 82nd St
Transport: Subway: 4, 5, 6 to 86th St
Price: $25, seniors $17, students $12, members and children under 12 free, NYS residents and tri-state area students, pay what you wish
Opening hours: Mon–Thu, Sun 10am–5:30pm; Fri, Sat 10am–9pm.
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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!


Probably my favorite museum in the city, if not the entire world. I love it because it has something for everyone! And you can visit multiple times and have completely different experiences! And you could probably spend days here! It not only has art, but artifacts and history which is definitely more my kind of museum. And almost every wing has its big grand entrance that are truly jaw dropping. The American Wings courtyard, the Medieval Gates, Monet, Van Gogh and so much more. My favorite part is the horses in armor! They are just so cute! And if the weather is nice definitely check out the rooftop garden and bar! The best part? Its pay what you wish, although I hope you'll support the arts! 


One of the most beautiful museum of the world for me. Each part of the art history has its own design and architecture, that fits with the era. Some pieces of art are really famous. It’s really enjoyable to visit it and the museum overlooks Central Park. Also you have to know that you pay as you wish to discover the museum.


Came here on a Monday with my roommate, honestly coming during the week was a great idea. At some points we were the only ones looking at certain exhibits. The museum is HUGE, you honestly need at least half a day to see everything. The had a beautiful zen garden in the Chinese art wing and these amazing period rooms in the American wing, where they basically recreate old rooms. It was definitely my favorite part. For any art/history lover this is a must see!

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. 

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