Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 5th Ave./82nd St., (212) 535-7710. Sun-Thur 10-5:30, F-Sat 10-9, closed M. suggested donation: $25, 65+ $17, students $12, under 12 free. The Metropolitan Museum in New York City is the largest museum in the U.S. The Met, as it is referred to by New Yorkers, has a permanent collection of more than 2 million precious items from around the world and through the ages and holds an amazing number of complete original rooms, some of which even retain their original creaky floors. The museum poses a daunting challenge to view, and you probably won’t know which way to look first. Because you really can’t see it all in one day, it is best to pick a few favorite periods or genres from its wealth of beauty and plan to leave some things for next time. But if it is your first visit or perhaps you suspect it will be you only visit, consider catching just the highlights--which will still take most of a day to accomplish. Here is a mix of paintings, temples, and a few of the entire intact rooms the museum is famous for, plus a great suggestion on where to have lunch--all doable in one day. Should you visit in December, be sure to add the first-floor Medieval Sculpture Hall (gallery 305) to your itinerary. A gigantic Christmas tree is decorated then with angels from the museum’s collection, and atmospheric music resounds.
interactive map of the galleries
see the best of the Metropolitan Museum in a single visit
American Wing Sculpture Gallery at Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC
|exterior of Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC|
|kids in Egyptian tomb at Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC|
|Temple of Dendur at Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC|
|The Astor Court at Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC|
|Versailles Panorama at Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC|
|Petrie Court Cafe at Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC|
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