We had visited New York City many times but did not have the chance to explore the Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met). This trip we stayed longer, and it was the #1 on our must see list. Most of the people recommend allotting at least a half day at the museum. You can take the New York City Bus M1, M2, M3 or M4 on Madison Ave if you are heading north to the museum.
We spent 2 1/2 hours there, and it was not long enough, but we were tired. The exhibition and space was enormous, but the route was confusing and easy to get lost. It's definitely helpful to have a museum map to start with. Most of the time we could not easily locate ourselves even we had a map in hand. You can download the museum map or take one of their suggested itineraries and start from there. The collections in the museum are more than you can imagine, and I don’t think you can see them all in one visit. Don’t waste time after you are in the museum to figure out what to see. I strongly suggest that you plan before you go. We will come back to visit the museum again, of course, with planning well ahead of time. The museum is closed on Monday.
Metropolitan Museum of Art is located on the 5th Ave at the eastern edge of Central Park. It is the largest art museum in the US. It was founded in 1870 and opened on February 20, 1872. The museum is listed No. 2 of the most visited art museums in the world. The Met measures almost 1⁄4-mile (400 m) long, and the interior is more than 2,000,000 square feet (190,000 m2) of floor space. The Cloisters museum and gardens is the branch of the Museum in northern Manhattan devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe.
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