I lived in New York when I was a child, and I go back there every 2 years. One of the places I MUST go every time I visit is the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It is one of my 2 most favorite museums in the world, the other being the British Museum in London.
The entrance to the Met – almost as iconic as the museum itself
According to Wikipedia, the Met is the largest art museum in the US, and was founded in 1870. There are so many works of art housed in the Met that are featured in textbooks on art history.
Manuel Osorio Manrique de Zuñiga (“The Red Boy”), by Francisco Goya
The Met is huge. If you go there, I strongly suggest going on one of the guided tours. The highlights tour is held every hour or so, and the curators will take you on a tour which they created. No two tours are the same, so I love going on the tour every single time I am there. There are also themed tours, focusing on a period of time or on a theme in art history.
Cupid and Psyche by Antonio Canova. This is one of my most favorite sculptures.
The Met has a “suggested” entrance fee of $25. “Suggested” means that you can pay whatever you like. They then give you a sticker with the date on it which you are asked to put a visible location, as there is no ticket gate and you can go in and out of the museum freely. Until 2013, the Met gave you metal buttons
for this same purpose, which became one of the icons of New York City.
The Death of Socrates by Jacques-Louis David
One of the most famous pieces at the Met is the Temple of Dendur, an Egyptian temple which was built around 15 BC. It is obviously fascinating to look at, and is also often used as a meeting spot or a spot to take a rest after walking around in the museum.
The Temple of Dendur
When I was a child, Monday was the “low” day for tourism in New York. Not only are Broadway shows closed on Mondays, but the Met was as well. The Met is now open 7 days a week starting July of 2013. It used to be that weekends and Tuesdays were the most crowded days of the week at the Met, but the curators told me that there now is no significant difference between weekdays.
The armor collections are extremely popular!
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is located at 1000 Fifth Avenue (5th Ave and 82nd St) in Manhattan, New York, on the east side of Central Park. It can be reached on the 4, 5, or 6 train to 86th Street and walk 3 blocks west. My preferred way to get there is on the bus – Take the M1, M2, M3, or M4 bus and enjoy the view on Madison Avenue from downtown.
Hope you enjoyed this visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art!