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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“Camp: Notes On Fashion”
Inspired by Susan Sontag’s seminal 1964 essay, “Notes on ‘Camp,’” The Met Costume Institute examines the spread of the camp aesthetic from its largely gay, subcultural roots to its acceptance by the mainstream. Often characterized by an ironic appropriation...Design Until Sunday September 8 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
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“Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock and Roll”
Technically, it’s “Play it fucking loud!”—at least that’s what Bob Dylan famously instructed his band to do after being heckled for going electric at a gig in ’66—but we understand why the mighty Met would want to scrub out the cursing. To toast the greatest...Exhibitions Until Tuesday October 1 2019
“The Tale of Genji: A Japanese Classic Illustrated”
Sometimes described as the world’s first psychological novel, The Tale of Genji is a classic of Japanese literature. Written in the 11th century by noblewoman and lady-in-waiting Murasaki Shikibu, the story detailed intricacies of court life during the...Masterpiece Until Sunday June 16 2019
“The World between Empires: Art and Identity in the Ancient Middle East”
During the period between 100 B.C and 250 A.D., Rome and the Parthian Empire (situated in today’s Iran) clashed over control of the lucrative trade routes and territories of the Middle East. Between them laid the local civilizations of the region, which...Masterpiece Until Sunday June 23 2019
“The Roof Garden Commission: Alicja Kwade, ParaPivot”
Alicja Kwade, a Polish artist who lives and works in Berlin is this year’s recipient of The Met’s annual commission to create an installation for the museum’s roof garden. These projects are perennial crowd-pleasers, as they add a touch of artistic enhancement...Contemporary art Until Sunday October 27 2019
“Apollo’s Muse: The Moon in the Age of Photography”
A half-century ago, the United States put a man on the moon, an achievement that seems almost inconceivable today, when can-do spirit and faith in progress has been supplanted by social-media-abetted know-nothingness and self-absorption. Yet the mission...Photography Tuesday July 2 2019 - Sunday September 22 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.