Metropolitan Museum of Art | NYC Museums
One of New York City's most popular NYC Museums and Manhattan Attraction, the Metropolitan Museum of Art welcomes over 5 million visitors a year. The Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection and special exhibits offer something for everyone -- from Ancient Egyptian Vases and Roman Statues to Tiffany Stained Glass and Rembrandt Paintings there is something for nearly everyone.
Metropolitan Museum of Art Address:
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10028-0198
Cross Streets - 5th Avenue and 82th Street
- Metropolitan Museum of Art Subways: Take the 4, 5, or 6 trains to 86th Street. Walk west to 5th Avenue and then south to 82th Street.
About the Metropolitan Museum of Art:
With over two million objects—from 77, 000-year-old flints to contemporary digital art—housed under its roof, the Met is one of the largest and most eclectic cultural institutions on earth. Each year, five million people walk up the famous granite steps in search of the thrill of aesthetic vertigo.
Many make a beeline for the Egyptian Art and European Painting collections, both among the finest in the world. But almost every one of the Museum's 17 curatorial departments is superlative, and must-see works abound in every corner of the building. Also competing for visitors’ attentions are about 30 exhibitions a year.
These run the gamut from once-in-a-lifetime blockbusters, like the "The Vatican Collections," and "Splendors of Imperial China," to single-artist retrospectives and smaller shows organized by individual departments. When the Met's first permanent home opened in 1880 it was almost immediately too small to house the ballooning collection, and work began on a never-ending series of additions. Over the past 30 years, the back and sides of the building have been encased in wings that have doubled its size. New space would have to be carved out on the inside, as there is a ban on further intrusion into Central Park (at least for now).
Behind the Museum's imposing Beaux Arts façade, there lies a confusing warren of hundreds of galleries punctuated by some of the city's grandest halls and courtyards. If you’re a "completist," know that it will take several hours just to walk through the whole building—and that's without stopping in front of anything for more than a few seconds.
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The collections of the Metropolitan Museum attract more visitors than any other attraction in New York City, about 5 million per year. It is impossible to see the entire collection in one day, or even in a few days, so I recommend you choose an area or two of interest, or take the Museum Highlights Tour which occurs throughout the day, starting around 10:15 a.m.
Notable Works:With such an extensive and comprehensive collection of art, it is difficult to pick out the highlights, however the Metropolitan Museum of Art Website offers a Director's Tour which highlights 25 important pieces of the collection.
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