An Overwhelming Art Experience

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by airynfaerie on October 29, 2009

One of the world's largest art museums, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the Met) in New York City is one of the premier collections of art on the globe. So large, it's said to be a collection of art museums under one roof, and spans almost 2 million square feet. Art collectors, appreciators, critics, and students travel from around the world everyday to see some of the masterpieces held here at the Met.

Taking up a massive front along the eastern side of Central Park, along the section of 5th Avenue referred to as "Museum Mile", this museum is one of the city's most visited attractions each year. There are 19 sections of the interior spanning from ancient Egyptian and Renaissance, to Greek and Modern American. Because it's so large, many people just pick out the sections of highest interest to them and plan to see those only, as an entire tour may be too overwhelming in one visit.

Be sure to pick up a map at the information table by the ticketing counters in the lobby. Stop for a little bit to plan your route, as after you're inside it's easy to get lost. If you do though (as I did numerous times), there are always workers in every room to ask for help. The three areas that I explored were the modern art collection, the Greek sculpture room, and the huge Egyptian display. It's quite extraordinary how much space is filled here with priceless gems of the art world. The Egyptian collection is world renowned and holds an entire temple structure in this glassed atrium-like space.

Pages of a review could be written about this museum, it's history and collection, but needless to say, it's a top recommendation for a visit to NYC. It's a place one must see for themselves and experience what they want to take away from it on their own. Don't let yourself get too bogged down with trying to fit too much in, but pick out several areas or pieces you'd like to see, go see them, take your time, and save the rest for another visit.

During the warmer months (weather permitting), the museum offers "Evenings at the Met". Held on Saturday evenings during the extended hours, the rooftop martini bar is opened for guests to enjoy a seasonal cocktail while mingling around an outdoor sculpture exhibited overlooking the view of the city. This is free with museum admission, and is usually accompanied by a musical ensemble.

• 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
• Metro stop: 86th St on train 4, 5, or 6
• Open 9:30am – 5:30pm (Tues - Thurs, Sun), 9:30am - 9pm (Fri, Sat)
• General Admission $20 recommended donation (discounts for children, students, seniors)
Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York, 10028
(212) 535-7710

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