Metropolitan Museum of Art (The)

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by rufusni on June 6, 2008

This is a very pleasant art museum to visit, quite airy and spacious, however it needs to be given the many people that come to visit.

The entrance to the building is quite grand with imposing large stone stairs leading up to the entrance. Once inside the large entrance hall, there are three different entrances to the collections - which is confusing but it makes no difference in terms of buying tickets- but probably pick the one with the shortest queue to purchase your ticket. Now here is the brilliant part - the museum only has suggested ticket prices - about $20 for an adult ticket, but you are not required to pay that much. If you feel that you can afford such prices you are helping to fund an amazing institution. However, if you are unable to then name your price - I think I put in $8 - but you get get the same ticket or rather badge that allows the same access to the musuem, as well as to the exhibitions being held. Just note the musuem is not open on Mondays but is open until 9pm on Friday and Saturday. There is a coat-check, which also will take oversized bags but not luggage.

Many of the musuem's most popular collections can get very busy. For instance the Egyptian collection can get quite crowded, and its worth caming early and exploring the most popular collections first. Other parts of the musuem are much quieter such as the Oriental collection. The museum's collection is huge and only a selection is displayed, and unless you intend to spend several days here, it is impossible to even see the entire displayed collection. So the key is to plan your visit - decide what particular type of art you especially love, or something you have never seen or something that simply intrigues you. On this visit I decided to visit the Oriental and modern art sections, but also the Egyptian section as it is quite an incredible display and on my last visit to the Louvre in Paris I only got into the Egyptian section at closing. It has to be said that the Temple of Dendur display is stunning with its water ponds and the architecture of the room makes it seems so open.

I did decide on the Oriental art collection more on the spur of the moment than a preconsidered plan. It was the quietest part of the musuem, which allowed me to enjoy some of the pieces a little more than in the bustling Egyptian displays. There were pieces from right across Asia, some incredible detailed and lavish, others very simple and elegant. The modern art section I greatly enjoyed, simply picking the pieces that held some attraction to take a little more time to consider.

There are several cafes and restaurants in the musuem with varying price tags attached. There is a roof terrace cafe which can be accessed by a lift and has good views over Central Park and the city. Though you don't have to buy anything to enjoy the view!

Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York, 10028
(212) 535-7710

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