A visit in the Metropolitan Museum in New York is more than a visit in an art museum. With more than 2 Millions of artworks of more than 5.000 years and 2.000.000 square feet of floor space, the Met is one of the most visited sights in New York City. 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 is shown in the permanent exhibition. 6 Million visitors are coming yearly to see this amazing collection. What´s the magic behind the met? Why it is so successful? We went there to check it out for you.
A great museum at Central Park
It is impressive at first sight. The architecture of the museum is amazing. In front of the building the huge stairs gives the museum it´s uniqueness. Founded in 1870 the famous Met is still expanding, but actually just 25% of the museum´s collection can be shown today. The world-famous encyclopedic collection includes 17 curatorial departments, from the splendors of ancient Egypt to the spectacular American Wing, inspiring treasures from the Greek and Roman world, beloved Impressionist paintings, and the latest in contemporary art, a world of great art awaits you at the Met. The Museum’s renowned global collection and all special exhibitions are included with your admission ticket!
The museum´s collection
The contents of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s permanent collection represent a diversity of age, medium and geographic origin. The Egyptian Art collection includes pieces from 300,000 B.C. – 4th century A.D. Other elements of the permanent collection include Musical Instruments and Modern Art. A great highlight is the temple of tembur: The temple was given to the United States by the Arab Republic of Egypt in 1965, and eventually awarded (on the basis of being able to provide a suitable environment) to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1967. The temple was stored on the Island of Elephantine before it was dismantled from its original location. It was installed into the purpose built Sackler Wing in 1978. Furthermore the Met offers 20 rooms of living out of different epochs, beside their amazing collection of clothes and the best of human creativity from all over the world.
The roof garden
Enjoy the amazing view from the rooftop garden terrace, art venue and restaurant open in the warm weather months at the Met. It offers great views of Central Park and the Manhattan Skyline. The garden ist the gift of philanthropists Iris and B. Gerald Cantor, founder and chairmann of securities firm Cantor Fitzgerald.
Take the Audio-Guide with you
The Met Audio Guide offers more than 100-hours of informative audio commentary in English. Developed by expert curators and educators, the audio guide will teach you about works of art in the Museum’s collection and select special exhibitions – all in one player. Portions of the audio guide are available in nine additional languages: French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
How much time do you need?
It´s not possible to see the whole museum within one day. My advice is to read the museum´s map before and decide in advance where you want to go. The museum´s plan you´ll find inside the museum at the information desk. Just to give you an idea of the museum´s size: just the American Wing is extremely huge, that you could spend a day there. The Met is divided in different theme parts, which offers you a direct way to the parts of the museum, you´re interested in. You want to see everything? Then plan two full days for the Met Museum during you vacation in New York City.
To avoid lines it´s easier to purchase your tickets in advance online. You´ll skip the line and enter the museum directly without losing time.
My conclusion: It´s one of the best museums in New York City and you shouldn’t miss this experience. The Met is impressive, just awesome and a museum, you´ll never forget – I’ll promise. See art from a different perspective and enjoy the museum, even when you’re not that interested in art in general.