Want to see over 5,000 years of art from all around the world in one location? The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is the place to go. When you walk up to the museum the exterior is impressive with lots of intricate detail. You know you are about to walk into a special place.
About the Metropolitan Museum
The MET was founded in 1870 and the goal is to bring art alive to everyone who visits. It is a massive museum with a wide variety of exhibits to please all manner of art lovers.
When you first walk in, it is a little chaotic with large crowds and many places to go. We had a city pass so that helped us get in more quickly. We decided to go to the bottom and work our way to the top. The displays are extensive so it takes a very long time to get through each section.
It is important to give yourself a lot of time to go through the museum. We were there around four hours and did not get to see it all. It is critical that you get a map as it gets confusing quickly and even with the map it was still confusing. Luckily they have employees all around to answer questions.
There are too many exhibits to cover, so I will mention the ones we enjoyed most. We spent a lot of time in the European paintings and sculptures as well as the medieval arts. Here we found many famous paintings from well-known artists. You walk into a room with multiple doorways that lead you deeper into a labyrinth of other rooms filled with art. It was an impressive display of artwork from 1250-1800.
The American wing has beautiful artwork as well as lots of pottery. There was an entire section with silver pieces, jewelry, and vintage clothing.
We enjoyed relaxing in the beautiful courtyard in the American wing before we moved on to see more artwork. As we progressed in the Metropolitan Museum there were exhibits covering many cultures. We saw beautiful paintings and items from Asia, Korea, and Egypt.
There were special exhibitions on Seurat and one on American Indians. These exhibitions change frequently, so make sure to ask when you get there what is available for you to see.
We ended up in the Egyptian area which had beautiful jewelry and pottery. They also had the Temple of Dendur which was a gift from Egypt to the United States. This is a permanent exhibit at the museum.
Shopping and events
Those were some of the highlights from our visit to the Metropolitan Museum in New York. It would take days to actually see everything in detail, but we were happy to see all that we could. In addition to special exhibits, they have workshops and events for visitors like drawing and art demonstrations. There is so much to do you lose track of time quickly.
The gift shop at the end was nice with lots of fun artistic items like paint brushes, books and more. I really enjoyed my visit to the Met. This is definitely one of those must-see museums due to the diversity of art displayed. I wish I had more time to see it all. I would highly recommend visiting the MET and the Guggenheim if you are in New York City.
Art is not what you see,
but what you make others see.
– Edgar Degas
Rating (5 stars):
Pros: Unique experience, amazing exhibits, educational
Cons: Crowded, somewhat disorganized, need a lot of time to see it all
Priority: High – opportunity to see art from around the world
Savvy Tip: Ask about special events going on during your visit
Cost: $25 adult, cheaper if you get a City Pass