One of New York's greatest resources is the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Its collection houses one of, if not the most, extensive collection of art, antiquities, costumes, interiors, musical instruments, and weaponry. Though the Museum is definitely worth the $20 admission they have listed at the entrance, it’s worth noting that the price is suggested, and you’re free to pay what you like.
The Museum was founded in 1870 (the year they acquired their first object, a Roman sarcophagus), and opened in 1872. The collection quickly outgrew the space, so they moved to their present building, which is now over 2,000,000 square feet. The building itself is even an incredible piece of art. It was designed in a Beaux-Arts style by Calvert Vaux and Jacob Wrey Mould, and built in 1874.
The Museum collection also includes The Cloisters, which contains only medieval European art. The Cloisters is an incredible building and musuem in Fort Tyron Park. Its design and surrounding grounds make it feel like it’s from another place and time. A justified feeling, considering the building was created from salvaged parts of several medieval French cloisters (that’s how it got it’s name).
It’s hard to summarize The Met because of its enormity and wide selection of artworks and specialties, but it’s a pretty safe assumption that you’ll find several things you’ll love here. Though I’m still partial to the Impressionist paintings and the Temple of Dendur, I’ve recently come to love the exhibitions on the roof space – not to mention the roof itself, with it’s 360 degree views of Central Park and the Upper East Side.
There’s definitely something for everyone here, if you can make it through the whole museum!
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10028