Founded in 1870, The Metropolitan Museum of Art was created to have a museum and library of art so people can not only study and admire the artwork but also see how art can and does function in everyday life. Today there are three iconic Met lives in three different locations, The Met 5th Ave. (the original), The Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters. Each of which highlights the best and most iconic pieces from 5,000 years ago until today. Their mission is to show the crossing of cultures, ideas, and creativity through different cultures, nations, and eras.
Plan Your Visit to The Met
The Met’s admission is donation based, and they have their suggested donations on the site. You can purchase your tickets online, and even set up a group visit, which is perfect for families, classes, or groups of co-workers. Another great offer that The Met has is their own audio guide, which guests can rent to hear a curator talk through each piece in great detail so they have a perfect idea of what masterpiece they are viewing. QR codes are posted around the museum for visitors to scan and listen to as well, so bring your headphones! Be sure to check out which exhibits and collections are up before you go. The Met is also part of New York City’s famous and beautiful Museum Mile, which highlights some of the best museums that New York has to offer.
Alex Da Corte, As Long as the Sun Lasts
Through October 31, visitors will be able to view The Roof Garden Commission: Alex Da Corte, As Long as the Sun Lasts. This is the 9th site-specific exhibit created for The Met’s Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden. Da Corte’s work challenges consumerism by using cultural icons in unexpected and surreal ways. Enjoy the fresh air and take in the artwork before the exhibit closes!
A New Look at Old Masters
Until Spring 2022, visitors at The Met will have the opportunity to view A New Look at Old Masters. This exhibit, which focuses on finding new themes and dialogues between The Met’s many European paintings and sculptures, spreads across multiple galleries. In one, sixteenth and seventeenth-century still life and genre painting will be explored, and in another, several centuries of oil sketches will be highlighted. Some artists that will be included are Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Peter Paul Rubens and Anthony van Dyck.
The Met’s British Galleries
This reopening of The Met’s British Galleries as part of the celebration of the Met’s 150th anniversary is a must-see exhibit. Over 700 pieces from 1500 to 1900 are highlighted in this exhibit, which includes British decorative arts, design, and sculpture. One unique part of this exhibit is a seventeenth-century manor-house staircase that has been reconstructed inside the museum. Visitors will enjoy seeing this and other elements from the interior of homes in this period throughout the ongoing exhibit.
The Met 360° Project
In order to allow viewers to explore some The Met’s most iconic spaces, the museum created a series of six short videos. The series was created with spherical 360° technology to showcase the museum’s art and architecture like never before. To watch this award-winning series, visit The Met’s official website today.
“If I had to choose a single destination where I’d be held captive for the rest of my time in New York, I’d choose the Metropolitan Museum of Art.”
—Tim Gunn, Project Runway
Getting to the Metropolitan Museum of Art
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