The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Location: 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028

Located on the border of Central Park on Museum Mile, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the largest and most comprehensive art museums in the world. With over two million works of art spanning 5,000 years, the Metropolitan presents the best of human creativity from around the globe. From the splendors of ancient Egypt, to the spectacular New American Wing, to the Met’s beloved Impressionist paintings, a world of great art awaits you at NYC’s most-visited attraction. You can also enjoy dining, the Audio Guide and shopping at the Met Store.

But it wasn’t always the City’s number-one most-visited cultural attraction. The Met Museum was founded in 1870 by a group of financiers and artists who wanted to grant the US a fine-art museum. After several location changes, it settled in its current spot in 1880. For its first two decades, it was frequented mainly by the nonworking upper classes, due to its hours that coincided with the workday. The museum eventually extended its hours to include Sundays, and by the early 20th century it was quickly becoming a popular place for the public.

We know a Museum like this can be kind of overwhelming so below is a list of

WHAT NOT TO MISS:

  • The Temple of Dendur: Wind through sphinxes, coffins and hieroglyphics in its extensive Egyptian Art collection to the Temple of Dendur in the Sackler Wing. The airy room features slanted floor-to-ceiling windows that offer stunning views of Central Park. The restored temple from Nubia, Egypt (originally built about 15 BC), is in the center of the room, set on a platform surrounded by still water.
  • Medieval Sculpture Hall: The European Sculpture and Decorative Arts section includes works of art ranging from the 15th to 20th centuries. Among the most impressive is the Medieval Sculpture Hall, with a tall Spanish choir screen, tapestries and religious sculptures.
  • European Sculpture, 1700–1900: This narrow hall contains large marble and bronze sculptures by the likes of Rodin and Canova. Extra bonus: you can see the facade of the museum’s original building on the northern wall.
  • Period rooms: Visit ornate European Renaissance rooms like the Varengeville Room or the Bedroom from the Sagredo Palace in the European Sculpture and Decorative Arts section. Also, don’t miss the Frank Lloyd Wright Room, reconstructed from an early 20th-century Minnesota home, in the American Wing, or the 16th-century patio from the Spanish castle of Vélez Blanco. 
  • American Wing: Be sure to see Tiffany Studios’ Autumn Landscape stained-glass window, large neoclassical sculptures and the facade of the Branch Bank of the United States, with 19th-century American period rooms inside.
  • The Astor Chinese Garden Court: Take a breather in this peaceful respite in the middle of the Asian Art wing. The indoor courtyard was modeled after a well-known 17th-century garden from Suzhou, China, and was built using traditional tools by locals from the city.

Deciding what to see may be difficult but getting here is easy! Hop on our Uptown and Harlem route and hop off at stop #26 for the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

 

This page was edited by Steven Thomas