The Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan is the largest museum in New York, with breathtaking collection encompasses over 5000 years.
Visitors can explore 2,000,000 square feet of galleries containing over 36,000 objects including Greek and Roman Art, Egyptian Art, European Paintings, Islamic Art, Musical Instruments and Contemporary Art.
The Met (as locals affectionately call it) has been named the best museum in the world by TripAdvisor members several times in recent years.
Where is The Met?
The Metropolitan Museum of Art can be found at 1000 5th Ave on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The nearest subway stations are the 77th Street and 86th Street stops.
Both the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim are within walking distance of The Met.
How much does The Met cost to visit, and when is it free?
Regular tickets are $25, with discounts for those over 65 ($17) and students ($12). Under 12’s get free entry. For New York State residents as well as New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut students, admission is pay as you wish.
You can buy tickets for the museum on metmuseum.org.
What is there to see at The Met?
The Metropolitan Museum of Art houses a vast collection in its permanent galleries with highlights including:
No. 13 (White, Red on Yellow)
Rothko was an American abstract expressionist artist best known for his large colour field paintings. The Metropolitan Museum of Art has this unmissable example of his work in their collection.
The Sphinx of Hatshepsut
The Met is known for its impressive Ancient Egyptian collection, and this sphinx featuring the head of the female pharaoh Hatshepsut is a must-see. Other Ancient Egyptian artefacts include a temple, mummies and jewellery.
Self-Portrait With a Straw Hat
Van Gogh produced 26 self-portraits during his career, and these are some of his most iconic works. This example in The Met collection is one of his later paintings.
This Human-headed winged lion stands in the Assyrian Sculpture Court alongside other sculptures from the Assyrian capital city of Nimrud (now in Iraq).
Dating from 883 – 859 BC this is a must-see.
Greek and Roman Sculpture Court
The Metropolitan Museum of Arts collection of Greek and Roman art comprises more than thirty thousand works. The objects range from small, engraved gemstones to black-figure and red-figure painted vases to over-lifesize statues.
American Artist Chuck Close is known for his large scale photo-realistic works. This painting of fellow artist Lucas Samaras which can be found at The Met is an excellent example of his work.
As well as the on in its permanent collection, the Met hosts changing temporary exhibits (these usually require a new ticket). You can find information on the latest exhibitions here.
When is the best time to visit The Met?
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the most popular museums in North America, welcoming more than 4 million visitors annually.
If at all possible, avoid visiting during school holidays, the visitor numbers double during this period.
Outside of holidays, weekdays are the best time to visit The Met, with Wednesday and Thursday mornings being the best time to avoid crowds.
The Museum is open Friday and Saturday 10:00am – 9:00pm, and Sunday – Thursday 10:00am – 5:30pm.
Tips for Visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art?
A visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art can feel overwhelming. Taking a little time to prepare for your visit will make it a more enjoyable experience.
Don’t eat in the museum
As with most museums, the food option at the Metropolitan Museum of Art are expensive. For a cheaper lunch option, visit Whole Foods on 3rd Ave and E 84th St (15 minute walk) or try one of the food carts outside the museum.
Consider an Audio Guide
For $7 you can rent an Audio Guide with more than 3,000 recordings, including material for kids and families—all on one device.
Much of this content is also available for you to access free of charge on your mobile phone, by visiting the museums website.