The Metropolitan Museum of Art

New York, United States

The Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York City, colloquially the Met, is the largest art museum in the United States. Its permanent collection contains over two million works, divided among 17 curatorial departments. The main building at 1000 Fifth Avenue, along the Museum Mile on the eastern edge of Central Park in Manhattan's Upper East Side, is by area one of the world's largest art galleries. A much smaller second location, The Cloisters at Fort Tryon Park in Upper Manhattan, contains an extensive collection of art, architecture, and artifacts from medieval Europe.

The museum's permanent collection consists of works of art from classical antiquity and ancient Egypt, paintings, and sculptures from nearly all the European masters, and an extensive collection of American and modern art. The Met maintains extensive holdings of African, Asian, Oceanian, Byzantine, and Islamic art. The museum is home to encyclopedic collections of musical instruments, costumes, and accessories, as well as antique weapons and armor from around the world. Several notable interiors, ranging from 1st-century Rome through modern American design, are installed in its galleries.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded in 1870 to bring art and art education to the American people. The Fifth Avenue building opened on February 20, 1872, at 681 Fifth Avenue.



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Founded: 1870
Category: Museums in United States


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David Lopez (5 months ago)
Fantastic way to spend an afternoon. So much history and amazing works of art all throughout. Avoid the MASSIVE ticket lines by buying online or using the mobile kiosk by the Egyptian section entrance. There are also some spots to grab a quick snack or drink that are beautifully hidden so as to not be distracting. Most visitors are respectful and there are employees at every corner. Be sure to visit every exhibit and area! There are great pieces in the American and European paintings but also the Greek and Roman sculptures and Asian works of art. Truly a massive display of artistic history!
L T (8 months ago)
One of the best museums that I've ever been to, aside from the Louvre in Paris. It's one of the few places that is always on my list whenever I'm in New York. The MET is a big museum with lots to see, it's hard to see all the art and artifacts within a day so if you're looking to explore as much of the museum as possible I recommend going early. You can grab a ticket from the ticketing desk when you're there or from the automated kiosk, I highly recommend the automated kiosk since it is much faster. There's audio guides for the art and artifacts within the MET which I highly recommend, since it gives context to what you're looking at. The museum is beautifully set up and built, they have permanent and temporary exhibits. Every exhibit is made with such care that you feel as though you're transported back in time. The Chinese courtyard inside the museum is one of my favourites. I also got a chance to see a lot of beautiful dresses for their fashion week exhibit, which was very tastefully displayed and set up. I highly recommend the MET for anyone looking to checkout a museum with lots of interesting arts and artifacts! It's definitely an experience like no other.
Sonya Williams (Wildflowers and Hooyahs) (9 months ago)
Came here for the first time and loved it so much. The exhibits were beautiful but it’s easy to get lost if trying to get out even with a map. The folks who worked here were nice except for a older white gentleman who was extremely unhelpful and borderline rude compared to how he responded to the Caucasian family before us and how he responded to us. Other than him, we had a good time. The cafe was open but we didn’t go because of the excessive amount of people who were inside of it. Many areas to stop And sit and I really adored how much of a variety the exhibits had: almost every culture was represented in some Fashion. We also didn’t get to see the fashion exhibit because of the long line but maybe next time. Or maybe not. It’s best to buy tickets before so you don’t have to deal with the kiosks. Also, bring a bottled water because it’s pricey here. One of the atm’s doesn’t work to get cash. We will def come back but for family’s I do not recommend you bring a stroller. Some Of the areas you will pass are not very accessible to strollers or wheelchairs and to be honest, there are so many people so close to each other I likely wouldn’t even bring a kid unless you Come when it’s not so crowded.
Mohammed Yaman Allaf (11 months ago)
The museum was phenomenal! It is huge with art work from many different regions! The museum is divided into regions and there was definitely more than enough to see in each section, so be prepared to walk a lot! (Don't worry though, there are many places to sit) I highly recommend buying tickets online ahead of time because if you wait to buy it in person, be prepared to stand in line for a while. Be sure to check online what unique exhibits they have going on at the time, because they are definitely worth seeing and you don't want to miss out on it!
Ranium (12 months ago)
This has been one of the biggest and one of my favorite museums I’ve visited. In summary, it contains art from all over the world. A large part of the paintings are European. The art includes not just platings but also sculptures and other works of art. Some of the highlights there are a full size Egyptian temple, a weapons and armor gallery, and a diverse Southern Asia gallery with large pieces of art. I would recommend booking tickets in advance and you do have to where a mask everywhere in the museum (except while taking pictures).
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