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Merritt Island, Florida
December 23, 2005
From journal New York City ... Winter Wonderland
January 17, 2006
From journal First trip to NYC
June 29, 2005
From journal 15 Minutes from The Big Apple
November 9, 2003
From journal The City That Never Sleeps Except When It Rains
Caterham, England, United Kingdom
April 16, 2003
Thankfully floor plans in a variety of languages are available inside the great hall, before you enter the main museum proper. This means that you can grab a plan and decide what you want to see before being swept up with the masses of visitors and believe me you will want to do this. The museum is a maze of smaller galleries and annexes and if you do not have a definite plan in mind you could end up walking around the medieval galleries in perpetuity.
Although the $15.00 entrance fee is labelled as a voluntary donation everybody simply queues up, asks for their tickets and hands over the money, but you don’t have to pay the full $15.00 if you would rather not. There are a couple of free cloakrooms available but the queues for these are obscene so, if you know you are going to visit the museum, leave that heavy coat and your backpack at the hotel.
Notable exhibits include the Temple of Dendur. The temple is displayed in its entirety, as it would have been in ancient Egypt. It was a reward to the USA for the money and assistance they donated helping the Egyptian government to rescue numerous temples from the rising waters of the newly formed Lake Nasser after the construction of the Aswan High Dam.
If the evolution of weapons is your thing spend some time in the Armoury. The Japanese collection of armour and swords is exquisite. There is a very impressive display of armour from Tudor times, most of which were manufactured in Greenwich, London at the height of King Henry VIII’s reign.
Also of note are the Islamic galleries. Pieces include one of the oldest surviving chess sets, missing only a single pawn and some excellent pottery and textiles from Persia.
Finally, if you have the time, take a look at the impressionist works in the late 19th and early 20th century galleries on the second floor. The museum houses an unrivalled collection of art from this period.
The museum is very hard work but the effort is definitely worth it. Don’t visit any other museums on the same day, you will not survive the information overload!
From journal New York, New York
New York, New York
November 7, 2013
by Liam Hetherington
Manchester, United Kingdom
December 2, 2010
From journal New York, New York - It's a Wonderful Town!
Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
June 6, 2008
From journal Pausing in New York
February 14, 2008
From journal Best of New York City
Brooklyn, New York
August 4, 2006
From journal Metropolitan Museum in NY