The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Points of Interest & Landmarks • Art Museums
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10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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At New York City's most visited museum and attraction, you will experience over 5,000 years of art from around the world. The Met is for anyone as a source of inspiration, insight and understanding. You can learn, escape, play, dream, discover, connect.
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djinnooi
Sydney316 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
What an amazing museum! I absolutely loved the time we spent in the Met and wish we could have had longer.
We had prepaid tickets for 10am and there was a slight queue when we arrived about 9.40/9.45am. Unlike MoMA and the American Museum of Natural History, there was a separate line for those who had prepaid tickets (and members) vs. those who hadn’t, so that may have helped. It was definitely a much less chaotic experience to enter the Met than at the other 2 museums, in any case!
Make sure you pick up a museum map when you enter, as the place is massive and a bit of a labyrinth! The guards and volunteers are always happy to point you in the right direction if you get too discombobulated, though.
We headed straight to the section with 19th and early 20th century European paintings, knowing that some of these (e.g., the van Goghs and Monets) would be bustling with people later on, and we were able to have some time enjoying these paintings almost completely by ourselves for some time. There were a number of paintings by my favourite artist, Cezanne, so I was very happy indeed 😊
(A previous reviewer complained that Christina’s World and Picasso weren’t on display, but Christina’s World is in MoMA, and both the Met and MoMA had works by Picasso on display during our visit in April 2022.)
We also enjoyed the displays of musical instruments, Asian art, arms and armour and Egyptian art, though these were viewed in much less detail than I would have liked. The history contained in some of the artefacts is mind blowing - suits of armour worn by King Henry II of France and King Henry VIII of England, for example, and the antiquity within the section on Egyptian art and the Temple of Dendur, among others. Even Master Eight enjoyed our day at the Met, despite the lack of interactive displays and information aimed at children, and there were no complaints about being bored, so that was a definite plus!
I think I would live in New York City for the Met alone. Barring that, this would be at the top of places to revisit should we ever come back this way.
Written April 14, 2022
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blairkk25
New Jersey2,863 contributions
Dec 2021
I visited The Metropolitan Museum of Art in December 2021. My last visit here had been in August 2015. I bought my ticket online the evening before. I entered the museum through a street-level entrance marked "Advanced Tickets and Members". Security checked my proof of vaccination and ID. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a massive museum and it may take 1-2 days to see everything. I recommend planning your visit and focusing on your areas of interest. For this visit I focused on European paintings. I found the collection of European paintings 1800 and earlier to be very rich but a bit disorganized and difficult to navigate. I liked the paintings by Dutch Masters and Spanish Masters. I also like the room which had paintings of Venice by Canaletto and paintings of ancient Rome. I next visited the exhibit on Surrealism. Finally I visited the collection of paintings from 1800. The museum has an outstanding collection of paintings by the French impressionists. It was better organized and easier to navigate. There were many paintings by Degas, Manet, Monet, Van Gogh, Gaugin, Renoir. I decided to end this visit with the impressionists. Total time for this visit was 2.5 hours. I plan to return to see other paintings and also Asia art and American art. I did not eat here but visited the gift shop which is interesting. Again, I recommend that you take some time to plan your visit to The Metropolitan Museum of Art and focus on your specific areas of interest.
Written December 21, 2021
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KosherAndGlutenFree
New Jersey232 contributions
Jan 2022 • Family
We have been here many times. It this is our first during Covid,
First suggestion: even if you are New York resident who can pay egT you want, but an online timed ticket instead for $25; the lines to buy a ticket in person are insane.
The cost rooms and cafeteria are closed and you have to wear a mask at all times.

We never got to see the new Disney exhibition because the lines were too long

It’s still one of the top 3 museums in the world but not as convenient (with no cost room) or reasonably priced as it used to be.
Written January 9, 2022
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Jeffery J
Pittsburgh, PA29 contributions
Mar 2022
This museum was an incredible experiience that is sure to be repeated on or next visit to ny. They got rid of all of the mask requirements and proof of vax requirements so it was nice to be in America again. We viewed Starry night....incredible as well as Matties and Picasso and works I never thought I would see. There were a few Warhols as well. It was worth the cost and the que was a little long so I would advise to book early as they still limit the amount of visitors going in,
Written April 9, 2022
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wireless_in_CA
United States4,522 contributions
Mar 2022
Unbeknownst to us, it was Date Night at the Met for NYC residents so lines were a bit longer and crowds denser during our Friday night visit. Luckily a helpful museum staff redirected us to a kiosk to purchase our tickets instead of waiting in the long line (free?).

Even though we set aside a couple hours for our visit, it was not enough. The museum ranks as one of our tops for the variety, breadth and significance of art and history. From ancient Greek and Egypt to modern contemporary art the museum delivers and was well worth the admission. Some of our favorite viewing spots included the Temple of Dendur (1st floor, 131), paintings by Vermeer, Rembrandt (2nd floor), and the Jain Meeting Hall (2nd Floor, 243).
Written April 20, 2022
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA12,767 contributions
Oct 2021
Plan to come here several times if you can as there is so much to see. The ticketing system due to Covid is a bit tricky. In the past you could enter for free but with on-line ticketing, you kind of have to make a contribution. It's worth it as the museum is huge and is an overview of classic art.
Written February 7, 2022
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Evelyn R
Westchester County, NY3 contributions
Aug 2021
This is one of the finest collections in the world. I have been to this museum many times, and I always find something new to catch my interest, while enjoying the old favorites as well. The building is huge. There is no way you can see everything in one day, so plan accordingly. Staff are friendly and courteous.

The cafe is a bit pricey and the food is just okay, but you are allowed to exit the museum for lunch and return. We had timed entry tickets and just had them rescanned when we returned, with no issues. Before leaving, I would ask what the policy is for reentry just in case - there may be a different system if you did not purchase tickets in advance. We bought some sandwiches from the food vendors nearby - $24 for three generous portions. There are also restaurants within walking distance.

After nearly a year and a half of covid, it was a treat to see this "old friend" again. The Met did not disappoint. Lovely experience.
Written August 26, 2021
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FDinger
Florida1,070 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
The Met is huge! We knew that before our visit but were still amazed. Sadly, we only had half a day for our visit. You really need two full days (or more) to truly experience this awesome museum. If you don’t have that kind of time, do some research to plan your visit to see your most preferred exhibits.

We made our timed reservation for the museum opening at 10:00 on a Sunday. We first moved slowly through the incredible Egyptian Wing, then sort of breezed the extensive American Wing (be sure to check the mezzanine level). Next, we viewed the very cool Arms and Armor exhibit followed by the equally cool Musical Instruments and gorgeous Asian Art exhibits. It is easy to get distracted by the next interesting item, whether it’s on your preferred list or not. We had to skip several areas to get to the Modern and Contemporary Art exhibit, which led to the 19th and 20th Century European Paintings and Sculpture. These areas were filled with extensive collections of works from the masters of those times. Incredible and beautiful. We finished this visit with a too-short stroll through the Greek and Roman Art exhibit.

We didn’t get to see everything the Met has to offer—I’m not sure that’s even possible. However, we were blown away by what we did get to see! And we will be back! I highly recommend a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Written August 14, 2021
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john23
New York, New York186 contributions
May 2021
World class collection and world class awful customer service. Under cover of COVID, they're requiring timed entry reservations. Got there before 10am on Sunday and the line snaked down all the way past the end of the building (hundreds and hundreds of people) for so-called "limited capacity." They didn't seem to care about our reservation. Note: If you're from NYC and certain surrounding areas, you can pay whatever you want, since the City provided the land for free in return for a promise of free entry for city residents. Go to the ticket area and give them whatever. The galleries were JAMMED. We stopped for a bite when the cafe opened at 11. Line snaked around the bend. Only one person working. $16.50 for a tiny wrap or sandwich! And then people had to stand and wait for tables. After paying $50 for two, people couldn't sit down. OH: They required you to fill out your name, tel number and email address for COVID "contact tracing." Is it June 2020? When we left after noon, the place was packed like sardines. Thank the old benefactors for amazing art--but current management treats customers like garbage.
Written May 30, 2021
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HockeyKate
Uk118 contributions
Apr 2022
Had fallen in love with the Met even before arriving as a fascinating insider programme in the UK had given us an idea fo what to see and the people who work there. We were there over 2.5 hours and only saw 1/6th of the whole museum as it is enormous. Highly recommend you get there early and plan you visit. Would go back to NY just to revisit and see more of this brilliant place!
Written April 14, 2022
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