Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York, NY 10028
The MET was formed in 1870 and has a spectacular collection. Walking down Fifth Avenue, you’re taken in by the building’s immense structure itself! Standing there at 1000 Fifth Avenue roughly between 80th & 84th Streets it takes up an above ground space of maybe 8 square blocks? That’s only my estimate. It’s 1.5 million sq. ft and the museum’s been here since 1880. A little known fact is that the building is leased from the city of New York.
Within are more than two million works of art covering everything from ancient through modern times. Only a small percentage of the museum’s permanent collection is on view at any given time. Additionally, it has about 30 or so special exhibitions every year alongside its catalogues, lectures and related activities. There are guided tours, gallery talks, lectures, concerts, films, teacher workshops and many educational programs.
Some of their collections are: ancient Near Eastern art; arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas; Asian art; costumes; drawings and prints; Egyptian art; European paintings; European sculpture and decorative arts; Greek and Roman art; Islamic art; European art in the Robert Lehman Collection; medieval art; musical instruments; photographs; and 20th-century art and of course my two favorites: American art and the arms and armor collection.
Of all museums in New York City this is my fave! Maybe 20 years ago, the suggested admission was one dollar. It’s gone way up over the years. I loved it so much that years ago a friend and I would stand outside on a hunt for the museum’s entry buttons. People would drop them on the sidewalk and we’d be there to pick them up so’s we could get in…..If only I’d known that Suggested Admission means exactly that! SUGGESTED ADMISSION!!!……lol. Just like the American Museum of Natural History, if you can’t afford the suggested amount of $10 for an adult, then you can pay what you can. But do remember that the museum survives on these donations.
Mind you, there are theme activities through the year. Something for the kids around Halloween and for everyone at Christmas time. I haven’t checked, but I’m sure other major holidays are covered as well!
The Cloisters is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Situated within Fort Tryon Park, it’ll be quite an experience going not just through this museum, but through the park itself!
Note: The museum also has a huge collection on display at their website. You can go there and browse through over 35,000 objects they have through their online display. Go to: The Metropolitan Museum of Art to find out more.
Getting there by Subway: 6 leaves you at a somewhat comfortable distance
Admission includes Main Building and The Cloisters on the same day. To help cover the cost of special exhibitions, for which there is no additional charge or special ticketing, the museum asks that you please pay the full suggested amount.
Admission as of the time of this writing in early 2013 is $25 recommended for adults, $17 recommended for senior citizens, $12 recommended for students, includes Main Building and The Cloisters on the same day; free to Members and children under twelve with an adult. To help cover the cost of special exhibitions, for which there is no additional charge or special ticketing, they ask that you please pay the full suggested amount.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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