Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art, also known as The Met, is the largest museum in New York City. As Paris has the Louvre, St. Petersburg, the Hermitage, and Amsterdam the Rijksmuseum, New York has the Met. The Metropolitan Museum of Art has a very broad collection. Artefacts from ancient Egypt, armour from European medieval times, fashion, photography, and contemporary art, there’s really something for everyone.

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13th November - 12 February 2018 the Met hosts their largest ever Michelangelo exhibition

What is there to see at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1.5 hours?

Actually you would need a few days at the museum in order to see all of its fantastic collection. The Met has two million works of art from all over the world, spanning 5,000 years, in more than 400 galleries. If you do not have much time, I advise that you review the free brochure while waiting in line to drop off your coat at the cloak room. Please find below selected useful information from the brochure.

Van Gogh at Met in New York Metropolitan Museum in New York - Egypt Wing

If you want to explore the museum on your own, I suggest you first head to the old European paintings of the Dutch Golden Age in Rooms 600-632 on the Second Floor. Here you will see works by Dutch Masters ,such as Rembrandt, van Ruysdael and Hobbema. A very intriguing collection indeed!

From there, walk through the complex corridor to get to the South Side section and reach Rooms 800-830. These rooms display the 19th and early 20th Century European paintings and sculptures. Here you will find a few more works by Van Gogh, that are not to be missed, as well as beautiful pieces by Matisse and Degas. Continue walking to Room 917, where you will find Modern and Contemporary Art, a diverse collection of amazing modern works. You arrive automatically at the staircase that takes you to the first floor, here you will encounter the beautiful works of Edward Hopper.

Now you deserve a drink! From May until October, you can enjoy the Roof Garden Café on the 5th floor. Sometimes there are even live jazz performances.

Exclusive VIP Tour Before Opening Hours

Exclusive! Visit the museum as a VIP, before the doors are open to the public and the crowds of people swarm inside. On the EmptyMet Tour your guide will take you early in the morning, in a small group, to visit various highlights on display. Get the chance to experience the Met in a unique way.

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Metropolitan Museum in New York - Empty Met Metropolitan Museum in New York - Modern Art

Practical Information

  • Opening hours:
    • Sunday – Thursday 10:00 – 17:30
    • Friday – Saturday 10:00 – 21:00
  • Location: 1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street)

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Eric’s Tip: The Metropolitan Museum of Art has two further locations, The Met Breuer and The Met Cloisters. The Met Breuer is a museum displaying modern and contemporary Art, within walking distance of The Met. The Met Cloisters, built in the style of a Medieval European monastery can be found in the northern tip of Manhattan. With your tickets for The Met, you also receive same-day entrance to these two museums, so plan your time carefully! 

Metropolitan Museum in New York - Sculpture The Met Rooftop in New York

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