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November 17, 2006
The Metropolitan Museum of art - on 5th Avenue at 82nd St - is one of the world's great museums. It's got something of everything, and it's essentially free. You enter the Met by going up the gigantic, imposing marble staircase facing Fifth Avenue. (There's a special entrance for the disabled around to the right.) The stairs themselves are a New York institution, a good place to hang out and watch the world, eating a hot salted pretzel or an ice cream cone from one of the vendors on the sidewalk.
Once you're in the lobby, though, you may feel confused, because it's not instantly clear where to go next. This is because you have a lot of options. There are coat checks immediately to the left and right of the doors - you're required to check any large packages; it's free, but the lines may take a long time. There are admissions kiosks directly ahead of the entry doors, and also to the left and right. It doesn't matter where you get your entry ticket. Suggested admission is high: $20 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, though kids under 12 are free. But the beauty of it is that the fee is only suggested. They'll let you in for a quarter, if that's all you can afford to pay. (Not that I'm recommending it. The Met's a great institution and deserves your money. But if you're on a tight budget, you can still go.)
Whatever you pay to get in, you're getting a lot for your money. The Met has more than anyone can see in one visit. My favorite is the Egyptian wing, which has massive sculptures, mummy cases, little model boats... and finally, as you reach the end, an entire Egyptian temple, the Temple of Dendur, moved to New York from the Nile when the temple was flooded by the building of the Aswan dam. But the Tiffany windows in the American wing are spectacular; the Modern wing contains some fabulous Picassos; there are rooms and rooms of period furniture and nineteenth century paintings and Chinese ceramics, and then there's the Arms and Armor wing, which contains a troop of life-size mounted knights, looking like they're about to gallop off into Central Park.
There are always special exhibits, constantly changing. These are announced on the long banners displayed on the museum's facade, and there are signs throughout the museum pointing you to the exhibits near you. These exhibits are all included in the admission price, though you may choose to rent an audio tour.
There's something for everyone at the Met - and probably something for everyone in the enormous and well-stocked gift shop, too. The museum is closed Mondays. It's open from 9:30am to 5:30pm Sunday and Tuesday through Thursday; Fridays and Saturdays from 9:30am to 9pm.
From journal Big Attractions in New York
Brooklyn, New York
August 4, 2006
From journal Metropolitan Museum in NY
by Susana K
Kansas City, Missouri
July 5, 2006
From journal New York on a Budget
June 5, 2006
I definitely didn't allow enough time to view this museum. I devoted about 2 hours to it and probably could have used 2 days.
I started in the Egyptian artifacts collection. It was really very interesting and extensive. We saw numerous jewels and pottery from Egypt, along with carvings, etc. There was over 5 rooms dedicated to Egypt including a reproduction of one of the temples.
One of my favorite sections I viewed was the Impressionist galleries. There were numerous works by Degas, Monet, Manet, etc. The collection included not only prominent paintings but also numerous sculptures.
Overall, the only regret I have about the visit was that I didn't have enough time to truly see everything, or even half of everything. I can't wait to go back to New York to view more of this wonderful museum.
From journal New York, New York
by Hun Ohm
Hampshire County, Massachusetts
May 14, 2006
Quiet Spaces: Individual WorksBy Hun OhmIf you only have one visit, you may be more inclined to head for some of the greatest hits, perhaps the Impressionist paintings or the Temple of Dendur. You will undoubtedly have more than enough choices, but if you’re looking for some exquisite but often ignored pieces, here are a few individual works that merit lengthy observation.Duccio’s Madonna and ChildThis very early work (1300) by the Renaissance master only recently entered the Met’s collection for an astonishing sum of money (reportedly in the $40-plus million range). It is a significant work, one of the earliest instances in which the religious figures have broken away from the highly stylized Byzantine tradition and toward the humanism and naturalism that are the hallmarks of the Renaissance; in fact, it was likened by some as the Met’s "Mona Lisa" because of its historical importance. And yet, it seems to be scarcely a blip on anyone’s radar screen. Take advantage—you will be able to study this work undisturbed by the tour groups and three deep crowds that plague the Mona Lisa. Note the burn marks on the bottom of the frame, evidence of many a devoted candle.Second Floor, European Paintings.Pensive BodhisattvaA relatively recent acquisition, this tiny gilt bronze statue dates from the 600s A.D. and patiently watches over the pottery in the Arts of Korea gallery. Its contemplative posture is not unknown in Korean art, but this particular work has received additional praise and admiration for its supple limbs, and if you look closely, the big toe, really, does bring this idealized image completely to life. Check it out, and then admire the charming and elegant celadon pieces.Second Floor, Asian Art wing, near the entrance.Jain Meeting Hall DomeTucked into the deep recesses of the South Asian galleries of the Asian Art wing, this installation is amazing for its intricate woodcarving. Dating back to the late 1500s, this teakwood structure comes from Gujurat, Patan and still bears some evidence of its original decorative coloration. Binoculars, though impractical to carry, would serve you well, as its difficult to fully admire the vast array of figures from the stairway.Second Floor, Asian Art wing, enter through east (right) entrance.MIA: Nur al-din RoomThe Islamic art galleries are undergoing an extensive renovation (to be completed in early 2008), and an unfortunate casualty of this process is perhaps one of the most alluring rooms in the entire museum. From Syria, and created during the 1700s, this room’s viewing area was miniscule and the entrance unobtrusive; thus, you often were the only one taking a look. However, the quiet trickle of the fountain, the incredible tile work, the luxuriant mats on which the wealthy once reclined, it’s all been lost—for the time being. Hopefully when the renovation is complete, this room will be open once again for our perusal.Second Floor, eastern wall, Islamic art galleries.
From journal Quiet Spaces at the Met: A Short List
February 13, 2006
From journal Enjoying Art, Theatre, and Food in Manhattan
January 28, 2006
From journal A First Taste of the Big Apple