Metropolitan Museum of Art New York
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, also known as the Met, is the largest museum in New York. Like the Louvre in Paris, the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, New York has the Met. Metropolitan Museum of Art has a very broad collection. From the finds of ancient Egypt, armour from European medieval times, fashion, photography, and contemporary art, there’s something for everyone.
What is there to see at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1.5 hours?
Actually you need a few days at the museum 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 you to 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.
Alternatively you can take the 2.5-hour highlights tour which has an added bonus: skipping the line. On the tour you will see an overview of some of the best works of art that the Metropolitan Museum of Art has to offer. You can ask your guide any art historical questions and in the summer months enjoy panoramic views of Central Park and New York City. Note: the tour is only given in the morning.
If you want to explore the museum on your own, head first to the old European paintings of the Dutch Golden Age in Rooms 600-632 on the Second Floor. Here are the works by the Dutch Masters like Rembrandt, van Ruysdael and Hobbema. A very intriguing collection indeed!
From there, you can walk through a complex corridor to go to the South Side section to reach Rooms 800-830, which is the 19th and early 20th Century European paintings and sculpture. Here you will find a few more Van Gogh paintings that are not to be missed, as well as beautiful paintings by Matisse and Degas.
Continue walking to Room 917, where you will find Modern and Contemporary Art. This is a collection of amazing modern art, a very diverse and stimulating collection. You arrive automatically at stairs leading to the first floor where you will also encounter the beautiful works of Edward Hopper.
Now you deserve a drink! From May until October, you can go to the Roof Garden Café on the 5th floor. Sometimes there are even live jazz performances.
Open Mondays through Thursdays and Sundays from 9:30 A.M. until 5:30 P.M.
Fridays and Saturdays from 9:30 A.M. until 9 P.M.
$25 for adults, or buy the New York CityPASS, which already includes the entrance fee. Free admission for children under 12.
1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street), east of Central Park. (Click here to see on map.)
- There are two free cloak rooms (dressing rooms). If you see a long queue when you want to leave your coat, then it’s worth checking to see if the other cloak room has anyone standing in line. There are cloak rooms located to the left and right of the main entrance.
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art is very large and the building is very complicated. You will find maps of the museum at the main entrance, but do not hesitate to ask any of the museum employees that you see around to provide you with the fastest directions for where you want to go. This will save you from a lot of aggravation.
- Buy your tickets in advance for a speedy entrance without waiting on any long lines.