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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  • Priyansh Saxena

    - 28 July 2018 -

    A very good place to visit to get insight about various forms of art in diverse cultures. Greek and Egyptian sections are particularly engaging. Roman section is catalogued a little less intuitively and is harder to understand. Be sure to take up the audio guide to help you understand better. The entrances from the Central Park side are not open. Requires around 4-5 hours to go see everything, but certain sections can be skipped.

  • Kenneth Neumann

    - 27 July 2018 -

    Incredible exhibits and art galleries. Many ancient artifacts from countless different cultures and time periods. It is easy to become immersed in the rich history this museum exhibits. The prices for non-native New Yorkers are very reasonable, and the tickets last three days, which is a major plus, given that you will need at least that to fully appreciate all the art and history on display here. Just a suggestion though, if you are a non-native New Yorker, skip the lines at the main desk and head straight for the kiosks. When I was there, I was able to use the kiosk to buy a ticket without standing in line. You do not need to show your student ID if you are a student also. All in all, this is a must see for anyone visiting New York. One of the greatest museums I have ever visited. Highly recommended!

  • Alexandra Erickson

    - 22 July 2018 -

    Most amazing museum I've ever been to. This place is massive. I wish there was a way that I could make sure I saw every room. With multiple doors in each room, it's easy to miss some of the pieces. There is something for everyone here. My favorite area was Egypt. This seems to be one of the more popular areas of the museum. I recommend going as soon as they open to avoid the massive crowds. The museum is so large, that even though it was full of people, often I was alone in whatever area I was in. I would like to go back several times just to make sure I've seen it all!

  • don willey

    - 15 July 2018 -

    We had very limited time and my first step on arrival was to snagged a map and to discuss what to see in limited time with my wife. We picked the American art (with potentially historic items from New York) and the adjacent exhibits on musical instruments using the criteria that the first might be unique to this place, and that the second was relevant to us because she is a professional musician and I am an amateur. The scale of the museum is remarkable. To get where we were heading we passed by an exhibit about fashion and there were not only gowns, but also music and as my wife might describe it, good opportunities for people watching. This museum is a good place to wander, be surprised at the variety of things people have created, and to learn new things, and was a favorite among a wealth of favorites from a too short visit to NYC.

  • Ciara Belen

    - 09 July 2018 -

    Such a great place to go. I am a NY state resident so it technically could have been free entry! I went in expecting to pay full price so this was a wonderful surprise. Such amazing art here. I would set aside at least 4 hours so that you can see mostly everything. I was unfortunately was only able to stay a little while but would love to return and spend the day there looking at the works!

  • A K

    - 26 June 2018 -

    An amazing, iconic place in NYC! Worth every penny—which is what you could’ve paid even if you were a traveler, but they have changed the “suggested admission fee” to NY-residents only. Even so, the 25$ admittance fee is worth is if you’re a visitor from another state/country. The exhibits are a great treat and the service around is priceless. Art exhibits from all over the world make it a special place to visit! Don’t forget to check out their rooftop!!! It’s a hidden gem! Great cafeteria choices, but a bit pricey.

  • Mel J

    - 25 June 2018 -

    An amazing place. I thought I’d like it but it surprised me just how much. I started with the ancient muddle east and then the people of the islands near a Australia and the Polynesians. Honestly I liked their cultural artwork more than anything else. I didn’t expect that going in. From their masks to their boats and paddles. I just thought it was incredible. Their were two teens near me making fun of it. I guess different people have different tastes? But the works from different African cultures were great. The Persian exhibit was way bigger than I would’ve thought. There was a special thanks to the Iranian American community. Clearly they put a lot into it some of the American and European painting depicting the working class grabbed me too. As did the Black American art and quilts from the Jim Crow days. The Chinese and Indian art was standout too. I’m leaving so much out. It was great. Five times I thought I saw it all and then realized I missed something big. The place turned out to have at four times the amount of art as I would’ve thought. It was just too much. Too much of a good thing. If I didn’t live over a thousand miles away I would’ve gone back the very next day. I had a huge backpack because it was my last day in town and I had just discharged from my hotel. That kinda whooped me and I’m still sore. I should’ve gone a day or two earlier. Don’t go with a heavy backpack. I will say that the fashion show thing isn’t my cup of tea, but it was for a lot of people. They were going wild for it. Fashion inspired by Catholicism. I did like some of it though. I can’t recommend the Metropolitan Museum any higher. An amazing place. I will be back.

  • Pradeep Peethambaram

    - 23 June 2018 -

    Best place on Earth. I spent few hours here on a busy evening but it was the best time of my life. The paintings, the sculptures, the Egypt collection, etc were mind-blowing. There was a sketching session coordinated by some art students. It was very intriguing and fun. You would need more than a day or two to appreciate all the art and artifacts in this museum. Some paintings are so mesmerizing that you'd want to spend quite some time looking at it. Enjoyed every minute that I spent in the met museum.

  • Joe Martinez

    - 12 June 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 walk a lot.

  • Pavlos Thomaidis

    - 08 June 2018 -

    Great museum all around, one of the most complete collections. Offers a superb experience. The visitor does not have to wait in line for a long time. Great location that can combine a visit to the museum with a walk in Central Park. Must visit the Greek and Egyptian section. Interesting collection of the greatest European painters. A must visit if you ever stay in 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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