If you want to see all of it, you’ll need to plan to spend multiple days day here. It is so massive that it will make every other art museum feel small. There’s so much to see, from the galleries on Egyptian and Medieval art to the rotating exhibits, and they are all so well done. The “suggested donation” admission policy for New Yorkers means it’s feasible for locals to visit on a tight budget, but don’t think you can skip the line if you aren’t giving money… you really do need the tag.
“Over two million works of art!”
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the world’s largest and finest art museums. Its collections include more than two million works of art spanning five thousand years of world culture, from prehistory to the present and from every part of the globe. Founded in 1870, the Metropolitan Museum is located in New York City’s Central Park along Fifth Avenue. Nearly five million people visit each year. The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded on April 13, 1870, "to be located in the City of New York, for the purpose of establishing and maintaining in said city a Museum and library of art, of encouraging and developing the study of the fine arts, and the application of arts to manufacture and practical life, of advancing the general knowledge of kindred subjects, and, to that end, of furnishing popular instruction." This statement of purpose has guided the Museum for more than a century. The Trustees of The Metropolitan Museum of Art have reaffirmed the statement of purpose and supplemented it with the following statement of mission: The mission of The Metropolitan Museum of Art is to collect, preserve, study, exhibit, and stimulate appreciation for and advance knowledge of works of art that collectively represent the broadest spectrum of human achievement at the highest level of quality, all in the service of the public and in accordance with the highest professional standards. Featured in When Harry Met Sally
The Met is the big daddy museum that all the other museums aspire to be. No matter what kind of art you're into, there's a huge section for it. My buddy and I went for five or six hours and we didn't even finish the Modern Art wing (but I did make him stop at every Lichtenstein, so there's that). NB for the impoverished traveler: It says it costs 20 bucks, but that's a suggested donation, so I want to say I gave them whatever change I had in my pocket.
GOSSIP GIRL STEPS
The Metropolitan Museum is also briefly shown in the prologue to the Woody Allen film "Manhattan", and the Whitney also has a brief appearance, since both are such classic, iconic NYC institutions.
YES! These are the steps where Serena and Blair would sit in Gossip Girl! That is the only thing this place is famous for. I think the building is also some sort of art museum. Or something.
Always something interesting to see at the MET. They're constantly changing exhibits and some static ones. Every once in a while they do "free" days-- but, I don't know if it's worth it because the lines get so long. If you are into having the mental freedom/relaxation to explore, just pay the money and skip the lines.
This review is for when I went in July of 2019. I had so much fun exploring The Met. Sadly, I was limited to two hours - which in The Met world is not enough time! I did the highlights and a few of the touring exhibits. My birthday is July 20 - the day the Apollo 11 landed on the moon. They had a HUGE exhibit of photographs on display to celebrate the 50th anniversary. Was really cool to see.
Beautiful architecture, something there for everyone. Best part is it's donation based so you can pay whatever amount! Definitely a must when visiting New York!
Serena van der Woodsen has sat on these steps. That is all.
PS. Definitely plan at least half a day here because there's so much to see.
An absolute must see. Plan to spend easily half a day if your not an art lover, and a life time if you are.
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