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|
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:||$25, seniors $17, students $12, members and children under 12 free, NYS residents and tri-state area students, pay what you wish|
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“Celebrating Tintoretto: Portrait Paintings and Studio Drawings”
One of greatest painters of 16th-century Venice, Tintoretto was known for working fast while employing a bold form of brushwork that was atypical for the era. Though Tintoretto’s reputation rested upon his vast, religious scenes, this show—drawn on public...Masterpiece Until Sunday January 27 2019
“Epic Abstraction: Pollock to Herrera”
This ongoing survey of monumental abstract paintings and sculptures begins in the late 1940s, when Abstract Expressionists like Jackson Pollock stormed onto the scene, and continues to the present with contributions by contemporary purveyors of the genre...Contemporary art Until Tuesday December 17 2019
“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
“Jane and Louise Wilson: Stasi City”
Presented in conjunction with “Everything Is Connected: Art and Conspiracy” at the Met Breuer, this four-channel video installation by British sibling duo Jane and Louise Wilson takes viewers on an immersive tour of the abandoned Berlin headquarters of...Contemporary art Until Sunday March 31 2019
“Nedjemankh and His Gilded Coffin”
Ever since Howard Carter uncovered the tomb of King Tut in 1922, people have been fascinated by Ancient Egyptian treasures. The Met recently acquired one such object—a gold-leafed covered coffin for a High Priest from Egypt’s Ptolemaic period. It's on...Masterpiece Until Sunday April 21 2019
“Lucio Fontana: On The Threshold”
This retrospective of the Argentine-Italian artist Lucio Fontana (1899–1968) is the first U.S. survey of his work in 40 years, and, as you’d expect, showcases the slashed and punctured “Spatial Concept” canvases for which he’s best known. Taking up two...Contemporary art Wednesday January 23 2019 - Sunday April 14 2019
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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.