The Metropolitan Museum of Art

1000 5th Ave, New York City


The Metropolitan Museum of Art, colloquially "the Met," is the largest art museum in the United States, and is among the most visited art museums in the world.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded in 1870 for the purposes of opening a museum to bring art and art education to the American people. It was originally located at 681 Fifth Avenue.Its permanent collection contains over two million works, divided among seventeen curatorial departments. The main building, on the eastern edge of Central Park along Manhattan's Museum Mile, 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 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, Indian, 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 first-century Rome through modern American design, are installed in its galleries.

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Open Hours:

  • Mon

    10:00 - 17:30

  • Tue

    10:00 - 17:30

  • Wed

    10:00 - 17:30

  • Thu

    10:00 - 17:30

  • Sun

    10:00 - 17:30

  • Fri

    10:00 - 21:00

  • Sat

    10:00 - 21:00

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  • Liv D

    - 04 June 2018 -

    Loved the Met! We went there for 2 days since the ticket was valid for 3 days. We joined a couple of free walking highlight tours which were very informative and entertaining. We loved the contemporary and modern art section, with lots of works from the Impressionists. It's quite a massive place, so having multiple-day tickets were perfect.

  • Jay F

    - 29 May 2018 -

    We had a blast here today. We were welcomed by some really long lines on both sides of the entrance. The lines went really fast and the wait time to get in was less than 15 minutes. The staff was extremely helpful and professional. I highly recommend skipping the lines inside and going directly to the kiosks for your tickets. Another recommendation is to skip the smaller cafes upstairs and go down to the large one on he ground floor. A little expensive but big portions. All in all a great experience. Thanks!

  • Leora Dowling

    - 24 May 2018 -

    I visit the MET at least three times a year. (I live in Vermont, so that's saying something.) In fact, nowadays the only thing I ever do in New York City is go to the MET; I enjoy every moment I spend there, and I always leave wanting more. To my mind (and many others), the MET is the greatest repository of art and history in the United States. I have favorite pieces, favorite rooms, and favorite collections that I visit regularly. I also love the changing exhibitions -- so beautifully curated. The space is massive, so having a plan is a good idea. Everything is top notch: the maps, the audio guides, the stores, and even the restaurants are designed to make the experience memorable. Anyone would find something to love if they spent a few hours there. Art is the most civilized and wonderful thing humans produce. The MET proves that every day in every gallery. (Well worth the $25 admission fee.)

  • Eamon Wood

    - 19 May 2018 -

    I always, always enjoy the Met. Being a member for several years I don't feel compelled to "get it all in" every time I go. While it can be very busy, especially on weekends or if there is a special exhibit, there's always a place to tuck away and enjoy something obscure. Opening and closing are the best times to avoid the crowds. Try the roof in the summer; there's a great bar, wonderful view of Central Park, and away a fantastic exhibit. Also with admission you can go to the Met Breuer, for some modern art, & the Cloisters for some Medieval exhibits with an incredible view of the Hudson River.

  • Debisree Ray

    - 18 May 2018 -

    Absolutely amazing and must visit if you are visiting NYC for the first time. They open in morning and are closed at 5pm. They have huge collections of artifact from different parts of the world. If you love history and art, this is your place. You will need at least 4 hours, just to cover something. You can actually spend more than one day here, if you have real Interest. Their ticket gives you the option that, you can visit MET three days with the same Ticket. So preserve the ticket and come back again on the next day( we did that) also, they have an option of reduced price entry if you are a student ( make sure to show your student id). They do not allow any kind of food inside, so if you have anything left with you, make sure to finish them. Otherwise you have to throw that food. They do not have any locker option. Also, because of the tourist interest, most of the time they have huge queue to enter ( even if you have the ticket /city pass). So it’s probably good to reach early. But it’s worth of everything, as this is one of the world’s best museums.

  • Joe Martinez

    - 06 May 2018 -

    I have a lot of fun there. There is a lot of things to see. I think it's important to go with a guided tour or with enough information of what you are going to see otherwise the experience could be boring or you will not enjoy the bunch of history that is enclosed in this wonderful place. I like the cafeteria. Although it's a little expensive to my taste the variety is good and the food is good. The terrace have an excellent View to the Central Park and to the lower Manhattan. You can take lots of pictures there. It's a place to spend the whole day so wear comfortable shoes because you are going to Walt a lot.

  • Foster W. Krupp

    - 04 May 2018 -

    This is one of the best art museums in the world, and should be visited at least once. There are famous examples of basically every culture and time period's artistic expression on display. More than enough to see, and it would probably take a day or two to really appreciate the entire exhibited collection. If you are not a local, the admission is a little expensive. You really can't go to an art museum like this anywhere else in the country though, so I would argue it's worth it. If you love art and have a day in New York City, visit the Met!

  • Max Dorsey-Gordon

    - 30 April 2018 -

    A must-see world-class attraction. It might be a worth while trip to New York to only see this museum. Always great ongoing legacy exhibits, and usually a good rotation of new material as well. The Egyptian mummy and Temple are amazing and set up in such a way as to take your breath away. The question you ask over and over again is how it could have been constructed and then moved to NYC. Definitely see the Europeans and American wings of paintings. Famous paintings that you only saw in books will be hanging on the wall to enjoy. 'Washington Crossing The Delaware' is a must see and you will be amazed at how large it is!

  • Auptechs Ostaszewicz

    - 01 February 2018 -

    Nothing short of spectacular. Beyond impressed with the collection of art inside this museum. I am going to be sure to visit this museum again. There's so many exhibits to view, so many great era's of art to view. It's nearly impossible to see everything properly all in one day. We walked the whole museum in 4 hours and we thoroughly loved every minute.

  • Rohith Venkata Pesala

    - 26 January 2018 -

    I've heard about this a lot and wanted to check it out. Although I am an art noob, I loved the museum. Just the size and the vast collection they have is daunting. I would recommend going there early in the morning and spending a whole day there. There's food available inside the museum almost at every section. They also host special exhibits that keep changing over time and it's worth making a trip to watch these. I had especially came to see the Michelangelo's exhibit and one would not be disappointed to spend time here. The best part is the tickets are donation based which gives us the freedom of paying whatever we want. So, students can pay nothing or if you are an art enthusiast and have money, you could pay a hefty amount depending on you. A must watch for anyone visiting New York.

  • Lizzy Kim

    - 18 May 2018 -

    Wonderful view from the rooftop

  • Amy Johnson

    - 02 May 2018 -

    The Medieval Art collection is breathtaking!

  • Chantell R. Love

    - 28 April 2018 -

    Beautiful museum. Loved it!

  • Louise de Paus

    - 23 April 2018 -

    Waanzinnig museum

  • Linda Harrison

    - 23 April 2018 -

    It’s huge!

  • Eric Robert

    - 18 April 2018 -

    Awesome collection that needs multiple visits to be truly appreciated.

  • Erica Coles

    - 10 April 2018 -

    I wish I had more time to explore the museum. Don’t be fooled, it’s much larger than you think!

  • Maritza Sanchez

    - 10 April 2018 -

    The best events and activities!

  • David

    - 10 April 2018 -

    One of my favorites museums in the city, and one of the must see places. You can practically travel on time and revisit any major civilization in human history.

  • Joshefo Jacques

    - 08 April 2018 -

    Wonderful place to visit but you have to save all the day to visit all the place.

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