The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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.


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Nearest Transit

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86 St. (0.37 mi)
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77 St. (0.40 mi)


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  • Ahmed Allam

    12 Sep 2017

    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.

  • Ahmed Ismail

    3 Sep 2017

    A museum which resides within four city blocks , it is huge in every single mean of the word. Have a nice breakfast wear something really really comfy and be prepared to spend the whole day in there. I saw things from different eras which I had no idea about and/or did not imagine to see it there. Do not miss the Egyptian and the European wings also the old Greek Roman history hall. It's amazing I do recommend this place to be visited even if your are just passing by NYC and you do only have 2 days in the city.

  • Courtney P

    8 Sep 2017

    I love museums, and this has been on my list for years. Approaching the Met is impressive die to its size and architecture. The museum is well staffed and well managed to handle the crowds that visit. The galleries are so impressive and some of them surprisingly massive. This is a cultural must when visiting NYC. Also admission is "pay what you wish" which makes the museum affordable for all.

  • Isbella Chan

    18 Sep 2017

    I have been here multiple times from Elementary school to just leisure stroll. Keep in mind that the admission is voluntary, so you do not need to give them the $25 or whatever suggested price (you can spend a dollar for everyone's ticket, whatever makes you happy). There are many things to look at, I normally spend so much time in one section that I can simply never walk the entire thing. I find it so interesting how people from different cultures perceive themselves and their environment. Oh and no food/beverages allowed, which is also why I often have to leave before walking through the entire place.

  • L Allan

    5 Sep 2017

    A MUST SEE PLACE. Fantastic selection of art. Exhibits new and old with fantastic art. Not to expensive to get in. The cafeteria has good verity of food and the quality is ok. Very calm atmosphere. The lines at the main entrance may look long but goes quickly. To the left of the main stairs there is a side entrance where most people don't know you can get in. There is almost never a line here.

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