We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Do Homework before You Go”

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Book In Advance
More Info
$39.00*
and up
Metropolitan Museum of Art Tour with Skip-the-line Access
More Info
$59.00*
and up
Renegade Metropolitan Museum of Art Tour with Skip-the-line Access
More Info
$79.00*
and up
Private Family Tour at Metropolitan Museum of Art
Ranked #3 of 1,117 things to do in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Stroller parking, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase
Taipei, Taiwan
Level 6 Contributor
304 reviews
288 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 448 helpful votes
“Do Homework before You Go”
Reviewed February 15, 2013

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.

Visited September 2012
Helpful?
Thank jameshuang
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

43,963 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    35,298
    7,120
    1,257
    206
    82
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Czech first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • Finnish first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Hebrew first
  • Hungarian first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Serbian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Thai first
  • Turkish first
  • Vietnamese first
  • Any
English first
Chorley, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
384 reviews
99 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 292 helpful votes
“Plan your visit ... Stay for lunch”
Reviewed February 15, 2013

Second visit to the Met - remember shut on Mondays. Wonderful atmosphere even though the external building is currently having a facelift. Best advice s carefully plan what you must see in 2 hour bites or can get overwhelming. The food and service in the restaurant was of a good standard and worth a small queue to be seated. Entrance is by donation rather than set fee now.

Visited January 2013
Helpful?
Thank Thedragon22
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
New York
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“MATISSE - EARLY TO LATE”
Reviewed February 15, 2013

This exhibition of Matisse's work shows the way he developed and expanded upon his earlier efforts on the same subjects.
The effect is dramatic, and his colorful works are there to be enjoyed as is, plus they can be seen, and analyzed the way he, himself, did.

Visited February 2013
Helpful?
Thank TravellerDon
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Art”
Reviewed February 15, 2013

One of the greatest museums of the world. Obligatory visit if you are in new York. Take a full day for it.

Visited February 2013
Helpful?
Thank CarmemE
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
685 reviews
350 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 284 helpful votes
“NYC Museums are Great!”
Reviewed February 15, 2013

Grab the City Pass and it gives you discounted entry to a bunch of museums and the ferry to liberty and ellis island. Worth the savings!

Visited March 2012
Helpful?
Thank sbspeedo1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed The Metropolitan Museum of Art also viewed

 

Been to The Metropolitan Museum of Art? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing