Founded as an American art museum to rival the best of Europe’s, the Met opened in 1880 at its esteemed Fifth Avenue location and continues to fulfill its original lofty ambition. The permanent collection boasts more than two million works from every continent, divided among 17 curated areas. Two main floors house four of the most popular galleries: European Sculpture and Decorative Arts; Egyptian Art (the contemporary-looking Temple of Dendur dates to 15 BC); European Paintings and The American Wing, showcasing paintings, sculpture and decorative arts. One flight down is The Costume Institute, a visual encyclopedia of fashion with some 35,000 pieces dating back to the 15th Century. Additional highlights: the Ming-style scholar’s garden, made with centuries-old construction tools and techniques; decoratively armored figures on horseback in the Arms and Armor gallery, which emphasizes artistry and pageantry; a remarkable collection of musical instruments; and on a nice day or clear night, the roof garden, which makes the hubbub of New York seem miles away.
It's an amazing huge museum. Have a very nice breakfast, wear a very comfortable shoes and be there early as it will take the whole day without even finishing it all. You will have history from all ages. Painting from all ages. Many exhibits and classes to learn new things. If you live in NY a membership would be a great value but if you can't afford it they would not mind you pay $2 at the entrance or get in free as they have time for free. The museum has a few gardens and an amazing rooftop where you can enjoy the view over Central Park and fifth Ave. It's a must if you are visiting New York as it is a mind blowing and a very powerful experience.
Fantastic experience. We spent about 3 hours there, and covered less than a quarter of what the museum has to offer. Some of the art in view is breathtaking. A must-see experience, even if you're not that interested in art - the historic sculpture display (we saw Egypt and South Asia) were amazing as well.
It's a cool experience. This place is huge! It is like a maze, but a very cool one.In every room it feels like a different world. Want is also cool is that it is free!! Family friendly. Beautiful works of art.
It's a unique experience. This place is huge! Wear your walking shoes. The staff was very friendly and helpful unless you touch something on display. It wasn't me... Saw a lady get shaped up real quick for it. The price is pay what you want but they do have guidelines to give you an idea. Family friendly.
Absolutely amazing experience. There was so much to see and it was all actually worth stopping to look at. I'd love to go again and see the rest of it, which is a testament to the value of the ticket. The rooftop garden/lookout/little cafe type thing was also beautiful.