The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028, USA
|⏰ Opening Hours
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
|💸 Entrance Fee
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What is The Metropolitan Museum of Art?
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, affectionately known as "The Met," is one of the world's largest and finest art museums. Its collection includes over two million works of art spanning 5,000 years of world culture, from prehistory to the present and from every part of the globe. The museum is located in New York City, on the eastern edge of Central Park along Manhattan's Museum Mile. It's not just a museum; it's an emblem of culture, art, and history that captures the essence of human creativity.
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History of The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Met was founded in 1870 by a group of American citizens – businessmen and financiers as well as artists and thinkers of the day – who wanted to create a museum to bring art and art education to the American people. Since its opening in 1872, it has gone through numerous expansions and renovations to become the iconic institution it is today. I often find guests are particularly moved when they learn about the “Metropolitan Museum of Art” sign, which uses iconic lettering that has been there since the early 1900s, guiding countless visitors into the world of art.
Why is The Metropolitan Museum of Art Important?
The Met is important not only for its sheer vastness and the diversity of its collections, but also because it serves as a cultural bridge across time and space. Art here tells the stories of civilizations long gone, allowing us to reach across history to touch these cultures and understand their perspectives. It is a repository of human history where each gallery and exhibit can feel like a time machine. For anyone keenly interested in how art reflects and shapes society, The Met is a pilgrimage site.
Things to Do & See at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
There’s so much to explore within the walls of The Met that one visit is seldom enough. You can walk through the Egyptian Art section with its impressive collection, including a temple that was actually transported from Egypt. The American Wing features an engaging display of American fine and decorative art, where the stories behind pieces, like the famous portrait of Washington crossing the Delaware, often leave visitors spellbound. And let's not forget the Roof Garden, where you can enjoy striking views of Central Park and the city skyline—accessible, weather permitting, with often thought-provoking contemporary installations.
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- Embark on a guided tour to learn intricate details that you might miss on your own.
- Attend special exhibitions, which are constantly rotating and offer a fresh perspective with each visit.
- Take advantage of family programs if you’re visiting with children, to nurture their love of art from a young age.
- Sit in on one of the many educational talks or artist lectures offered throughout the year to deepen your understanding of specific pieces or movements.
- Simply meander through the vast corridors, allowing your curiosity to guide you from ancient Roman statues to avant-garde fashion displays.