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.
The Met presents over 5,000 years of art from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy. The Museum lives in three iconic sites in New York City—The Met Fifth Avenue. The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded on April 13, 1870, "to be located in the City of New York, for the purpose of establishing and maintaining in said city a Museum and library of art, of encouraging and developing the study of the fine arts, and the application of arts to manufacture and practical life, of advancing the general knowledge of kindred subjects, and, to that end, of furnishing popular instruction." Since it was founded in 1870, The Met has always aspired to be more than a treasury of rare and beautiful objects. Every day, art comes alive in the Museum's galleries and through its exhibitions and events, revealing both new ideas and unexpected connections across time and across cultures. On January 13, 2015, the Trustees of The Metropolitan Museum of Art reaffirmed this statement of purpose and supplemented it with the following statement of mission: The Metropolitan Museum of Art collects, studies, conserves, and presents significant works of art across all times and cultures in order to connect people to creativity, knowledge, and ideas.
My favorite museum on museum mile. It’s a treasure. I visit regularly and never get bored. The museum offers so much programming its amazing. If you have friends with disabilities contact the museum to get accommodations. They offer a wide range of programs for all ages and wide variety of interests with much of it free. I took my best friend who is blind for a touch tour. I can’t praise their facility and staff enough. Right beside Central Park makes this a great place to spend your day off.
Look at the google review ratings.... When I am typing this the rating is at 4.8 out of 5 with 8645 people reviewing it. This is the highest rating I think I have seen on google. This is one of my favorite museums in the world. If you only go to one museum here this is the place. Be sure to go to the roof top patio - great view of central park and the city and no you don't have to buy something to look. You will NOT be disappointed with this museum. ADMISSION COST - the person that reviewed this museum before me (should be the review below this one) suggested the museum is somewhat free. This means it is by donation. They suggested you pay $1. This is insulting unless this is only what you can afford. The suggested donation last time I checked was $25 for an adult, $17 for seniors and $12 for students. And it is worth every penny although you can pay what you wish.
The metropolitan museum of art was simply outstanding. Seeing all the famous work of arts that you only see in textbooks floors you the moment you see it. Fair warning that the museums is absolutely enormous, and should not be attempted in one go. I️ would recommend doing a couple of hours, and returning later. If you rush through it you will not be able to appreciate the beauty of it all.
Fun fact. Since it was founded in 1870, The Met has always aspired to be more than a treasury of rare and beautiful objects. Every day, art comes alive in the Museum's galleries and through its exhibitions and events, revealing both new ideas and unexpected connections across time and across cultures. Huge museum and fun to go. The museum is somewhat free. Just give them a small donation like one dollar, to get in.