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.
The Tudors: Art and Majesty in Renaissance England
Through January 8th, 2023, visitors will be able to peek into art during the Tudor Dynasty. As the same with many volatile regimes, art flourished during the Tudor Dynasty in England from 1485-1603. This exhibit includes, paintings, sculptures, manuscripts and so much more from an amalgamation of different cultural artists during this period. Many of these pieces are accredited with defining Renaissance Art, and are true examples of this period.
Hear Me Now: The Black Potters of Old Edgefield, South Carolina
Until February 5th, 2023, visitors at The Met will have the opportunity to view this exhibit. This exhibit showcases approximately 50 ceramic objects from Old Edgefield, South Carolina, pre-dating the Civil War. Many of these pieces were crafted by enslaved and literate artist, David Drake, however several of the pieces have yet to be traced back to specific individuals. What’s particularly fascinating about this exhibit is its ability to blend studies, culminating the arts, material culture and African-American studies.
Another thought-provoking exhibit open now till April 2, 2023 is the Water Memories Exhibit. This exhibit explores the significance of water thematically through the lens of Indigenous people. Concepts such as ancestral connections and various aspects of nature are dived into as you walk through. Like many installations at the museum, there are a variety of items dispersed throughout, however the real stand-out of Water Memories are the testimonies from contemporary Indigenous community members. Their stories and personal interpretations are so authentic and give an elevated experience to museum-goers.
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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