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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“A New Look at Vermeer”
A slow and painstaking craftsman, Johannes Vermeer (1632–1675) was believed to have produced a mere 66 paintings in his lifetime of which 34 survive. The Met owns five of his canvases (the Frick has another three), more than any other museum. Now, as...Painting Until Sunday September 30 2018
Hard as it is to believe, this exhibition represents the first-ever comprehensive retrospective in North America devoted to Eugène Delacroix (1798–1863). Joining forces with Musée du Louvre in Paris, the Met offers some 150 paintings, drawings, prints...Painting Until Sunday January 6 2019
“Devotion to Drawing: The Karen B. Cohen Collection of Eugène Delacroix”
As a warm-up to its retrospective this fall of the French painter Eugène Delacroix (1798–1863), the Met presents this trove of his works on paper, which was recently gifted to the museum. Culled from the artist’s notebooks, the collection includes watercolors,...Drawing Until Monday November 12 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 Until 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 Until Sunday September 23 2018
“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
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Shady Ladies of the Met Museum
Discover the true stories behind the muses of some of the Met’s most fabulous artworks, including nude models in ancient Greece, Venetian poets and courtesans, and the true identity of John Singer Sargent’s Madame X.Walks and tours Sunday September 23 2018 - Sunday January 27 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.