Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Met and Cloisters museums are world renowned for their vast collection of medieval art

Entrance and Facade of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Entrance and Facade of the Metropolitan Museum of Art cc licensed photo by mbarrison

Nestled on eastern edge of Central Park, The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the most visited sites along New York City's Museum Mile. Known to locals as "The Met", the museum was founded in 1870 by a group of wealthy financiers and artists as an educational institution to cultivate art appreciation. The halls of The Met contain over two million works of art representing cultures spanning the globe from the Stone Age to modern day.

Visitors to The Met could spend weeks exploring the vast collections housed in the museum's 250 rooms. To get the most out of your visit, plan to visit the special exhibitions and more popular collections (Greek, Roman, Egyptian, 19th Century European paintings) early and visit other areas during peak hours. Various tours and lectures in a variety of foreign languages are given free of cost.

Part of the collection of medieval art and architecture is housed uptown at The Cloisters. Located at 99 Margaret Corbin Drive in Fort Tryon Park, overlooking the Hudson River, The Cloisters has been constructed from sections of medieval French monasteries and houses approximately 3,000 works of European art dating from the third to ninth century. Be sure to take time to wander the beautiful gardens after a coffee or light lunch at Trie Cloisters or posh New Leaf Cafe.

In the Main Building, there are several eateries ranging from moderate to expensive within the museum. During the summer months, The Met opens its Roof Garden Cafe, offering al fresco dining with panoramic views of the New York City skyline. During extended hours on Friday and Saturday, the Met offers a quintessential New York experience with a string quartet above the Great Hall. Cocktails and appetizers are available by candlelight at the Balcony Bar or enjoy the summer night sky at the rooftop martini bar.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee:

Get Free Entry with a New York Pass

Currently Closed

Hours This Week:
  • 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

Address: 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028, USA

Phone: (212) 535-7710

Official Website: Metropolitan Museum of Art

Directions

Subway and Bus Line Nearest Station Walking Time
4,5,686th Street10 minutes
1 / M8686th Street5 minutes
C / M7981st Street2 minutes
A (To the Cloister Museum and Garden)190th Street10 minutes

How to get to Metropolitan Museum of Art by Subway and Bus

Take the 4, 5, or 6 train to 86th Street and walk three blocks west to 5th Avenue. Alternatively, take the 1 train to 86th Street, then the M86 cross-town bus to 5th Avenue or take the C train to 81st Street, then the M79 bus to 5th Ave.

To get to the Cloisters Museum and Garden, ride the A train to 190th Street and exit via the elevator. Walk north on Margaret Corbin Drive .

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Reviews

Rated 4.8 out of 5The Metropolitan Museum of Art Star Rating

5 Star Rating I mean, it's the Met. Impossible to see in just one day, so go with a plan of action... or just meander and let your curiosity be your guide. (And the canteen in the basement is a fantastic pit stop - so much better than most museum food options). Enjoy!

Robert Gibbs - 15 days ago

5 Star Rating It is the best museum in the US for a reason. What a magnificent job they did to maintain the museum. It starts with ancient world all the way through the modern art. Amazing. If you are a fine art lover like me, you will need at least 3-5 days. I finished the first floor in a hurry and it took me the whole day. Sadly i had to go fast. I will devote at least another 3 days for it when I visit New York again.

Bader Almutairi - 15 days ago

5 Star Rating I don't know that I could ever write anything about the MET that would do justice to experiencing it first hand but after spending the better part of an afternoon there My foremost thought was that I wish I had given myself more time. For an entrance fee of $25 per adult we were free to explore an expansive museum collecting exhibits from all over the world and across centuries of human history. We began in the Byzantine wing and kept a brisk pace for next two and a half hours, still only managing to see less than half of the exhibits. Rarely have I seen a museum allow guests to get so close to the exhibits and there is a tangible feeling of real that comes from that. Being able to see the brushstrokes or wood grain on a painting or the grooves on a sculpture or mask brings so much more attachment to the work. It has a reputation as one of the finest museums in North America and it has earned it. Go see the MET, give yourself lots of time, savour the exhibits that make you feel something. You won't leave feeling as though you didn't get commensurate value for your time and money, if anything, you may not want to leave at all.

Christian Johns - 24 days ago

5 Star Rating This place is massive! You can never cover the whole museum in one sitting. Multiple visits - one for each department - is definitely recommended to get the full benefit of the collections. Of course, if you are religiously inclined, I highly recommend the Bible Tours. If you know how to book them, do so and be sure to take the time to plan to take the same tour more than once. With increase knowledge and research, the Bible Tours are updated with the times.

Danielle Bookhart - 1 month ago

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