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The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Map & Directions 1000 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10028
  • Sun-Thu 10am-5:30pm, Fri-Sat 10am-9pm


Village Voice's Description

Situated in its stately, hallowed palace on Fifth Avenue, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is the crown jewel of Museum Mile. And, like everything else in this city, it strictly adheres to a bigger-is-better mantra. The museum dates back to 1866, and houses masterpieces by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Gogh, Degas, and Jackson Pollock among countless other big names, as well as an extensive collection of ancient art. Situated right on Central Park, it is one of the few places equally appealing to tourists and locals alike. If you become overwhelmed—which is likely—by the sheer expansiveness of the collections, take a stroll in the park or over to Lexington Ave. for some cheap eats on the Upper East Side.

Merchant's Description

The Met Around the World presents the Met's work via the global scope of its collections and as it extends across the nation and the world through a variety of domestic and international initiatives and programs, including exhibitions, excavations, fellowships, professional exchanges, conservation projects, and traveling works of art.

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  • Hanging out on the Met steps is a New York tradition, and billionaire David Koch has pledged "at least $10 million" to renovate the fountains outside the museum.

  • Time Out New York on 10/31/11

    The best place to gawk at priceless art has a collection that is seemingly endless, spanning creepy Egyptian tombs to the shimmering Impressionist paintings to an unparalleled costume collection.

  • See Central Park and the Manhattan skyline from a bird's-eye view by taking a walk on Big Bambú. (Kamomi, Design)

  • Don't miss two outstanding long-term loans installed in the galleries for postwar art on the 2nd floor:  Cy Twombly's Untitled (Rome) and Robert Rauschenberg's Canyon. (Ian, Contemporary Art)

  • The Onion on 07/26/10

    Beware: Some museums are more reputable than others. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City? Pretty reputable. The Flagstaff Groundhog & Jackalope Hall of Fame? Less so.

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