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Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, also known as “the Met”, is one of the most visited museums in New York City and is also ranked in the top ten most visited museums in the world. It welcomes over 6 million visitors a year.

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Metropolitan Museum of Art
Facade of the Metropolitan Museum

The Temple of Dendur, Metropolitan Museum
The Temple of Dendur in the Metropolitan Museum

The Museum was opened in February 1872, when Robert Lee Jenkins donated his private collection to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to bring Art to all New Yorkers. Since then it has augmented and now has over two million works in its permanent collection.

In its art galleries, the Met holds works of art from classical antiquity, European painters such as Monet, Cézanne or Rembrandt and modern art.

Among the most surprising collections, is the ancient Egypt section, where you can see the Temple of Dendur, magnificently reconstructed. It was given to the Americans by Egypt as a thank you for having helped save the temple Abu Simbel.

Visiting the Met

Although this is our favourite art museum in New York, it is not always possible to stop and see every artwork it holds as it is extremely big and would take hours. If you have little time, the most impressive galleries are the Egyptian, Greek and Roman art.  We also recommend going to the second floor to see its impressive paintings.

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Location

82nd Street with Fifth Avenue.

When to visit

From Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Friday and Saturday from 9:30 am to 9 pm.
Monday: closed
Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year: closed

Fares

Adults: $25
Seniors: $17
Students: $12
Children: free entry
Free with the New York Pass

Transport

Subway: 86th Street, lines 4, 5 and 6.
Bus: lines M1, M2, M3 and M4.

Map

Metropolitan Museum of Art, location map

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