About The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York, colloquially "the Met", is the largest art museum in the United States. With 7.06 million visitors in 2016, it was the third most visited art museum in the world, and the fifth most visited museum of any kind. Its permanent collection contains over two million works, divided among seventeen curatorial departments. The main building, on the eastern edge of Central Park along Manhattan's Museum Mile, is by area one of the world's largest art galleries. A much smaller second location, The Cloisters at Fort Tryon Park in Upper Manhattan, contains an extensive collection of art, architecture, and artifacts from Medieval Europe. On March 18, 2016, the museum opened the Met Breuer museum at Madison Avenue in the Upper East Side; it extends the museum's modern and contemporary art program.
The permanent collection consists of works of art from classical antiquity and ancient Egypt, paintings, and sculptures from nearly all the European masters, and an extensive collection of American and modern art. The Met maintains extensive holdings of African, Asian, Oceanian, Byzantine, and Islamic art. The museum is home to encyclopedic collections of musical instruments, costumes, and accessories, as well as antique weapons and armor from around the world. Several notable interiors, ranging from first-century Rome through modern American design, are installed in its galleries.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded in 1870 for the purposes of opening a museum to bring art and art education to the American people. It opened on February 20, 1872, and was originally located at 681 Fifth Avenue.
The Met's permanent collection is curated by seventeen separate departments, each with a specialized staff of curators and scholars, as well as six dedicated conservation departments and a Department of Scientific Research. The permanent collection includes works of art from classical antiquity and ancient Egypt, paintings and sculptures from nearly all the European masters, and an extensive collection of American and modern art. The Met maintains extensive holdings of African, Asian, Oceanian, Byzantine, and Islamic art. The museum is also home to encyclopedic collections of musical instruments, costumes and accessories, and antique weapons and armor from around the world. A great number of period rooms, ranging from 1st century Rome through modern American design, are permanently installed in the Met's galleries. In addition to its permanent exhibitions, the Met organizes and hosts large traveling shows throughout the year.
  1. Ancient Near Eastern art
  2. Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas
  3. Asian art
  4. Egyptian art
  5. European paintings
  6. European sculpture and decorative arts
  7. American Wing
  8. Greek and Roman art
  9. Islamic art
  1. Arms and Armor
  2. Costume Institute
  3. Drawings and prints
  4. Robert Lehman Collection
  5. Medieval art and the Cloisters
  6. Musical instruments
  7. Modern and contemporary art
  8. Photographs
  9. Digital collection

General Information

Open Seven Days a Week Sunday–Thursday: 10 am–5:30 pm Friday and Saturday: 10 am–9 pm
Closed Thanksgiving Day, December 25, January 1, and the first Monday in May. Friday evenings are made possible by the Ruth Lapham Lloyd Trust. Saturday evenings are made possible by the William H. Kearns Foundation.
For visitors from outside New York State:
For New York State residents as well as New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut students, the amount you pay is up to you.
Address: 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10028
Transportation:
By Subway/Bus By Metro-North Railroad:Take the Hudson, Harlem, or New Haven Line to Grand Central. From there, take the following:
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