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 at The Met Cloister Museum in Upper Manhattan. 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: Yes. See the official website for details.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: Closed
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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

Phone: (212) 535-7710

Official Website: Metropolitan Museum of Art

Metropolitan Museum of Art Reviews

Rated 4.8 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating Truly one of the most iconic museums! They took so much care to tastefully display everything. You can get lost here and overwhelmed by the beauty and differing art genres. The Harlem Renaissance section was incredibly interesting, but my highlight was meeting Mr. Dwight, who has such great energy and breathtakingly sketches the stunning sculptures.
Julia Khalil - in the last week

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3 Star Rating So many sections of the museum were closed without explanation. Many side rooms were roped off with no work being done in them or signage explaining the reason for their closure. Other larger sections were closed but at least with explanation. Sections that were open were nice, especially the Egyptian, Greek, and Roman sections since that's my primary area of interest. Included is the largest collection of Cycladic art I've seen anywhere including museums like the Louvre and The British Museum. The rooftop garden provides great views of the city looking south across Central Park.
Lane Stevenson - in the last week

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5 Star Rating A collection unmatched by anyone. Lived the diversity and variations of the collection and you can send days exploring the place. I was mainly focused on the Van Gogh collection given it is the largest outside of Europe. I was not disappointed. It was magnificent. As expected, it's gonna be heavily crowded and expect to walk a lot.
Chanaka Hettige - in the last week

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5 Star Rating This is an amazing and beautiful museum, the world collection is comprehensive and reminded me of Paris. The American wing and the collection of the American Arts are unique and thoughtful. It's such a perfectly organized museum with great private galleries, outdoor-looking indoor spaces, and cafes, you get to see a lot and sit down and have a decent coffee or meal. We visited on weekend, and they managed the long line so fast and efficient, I can only say that it speaks to having great management team. The gift shop is one of the bests that I've seen, has great souvenirs; artistic, unique and high quality.
Azy S - 3 weeks ago

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5 Star Rating Iconic. One of the best museums in the country. Must visit place during stay in NYC 🗽 Top 3 facts MET, or the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is one of the world's largest and most prestigious art museums located in New York City. Here are three key facts about it: 1. Vast Collection: The MET houses over 2 million works of art spanning over 5,000 years of world culture, including pieces from ancient civilizations, European masters, American art, and contemporary works. 2. Iconic Building: The museum's main building, located on Fifth Avenue in Central Park, is an architectural marvel. Designed in the Beaux-Arts style by Richard Morris Hunt, it opened to the public in 1880. The building itself is a work of art, with grand halls, intricate ceilings, and impressive galleries. 3. Cultural Influence: Beyond its extensive collection, the MET is renowned for its cultural influence and educational programs. It hosts numerous exhibitions, lectures, performances, and workshops, making art accessible to a wide audience. Additionally, its online presence allows people from around the world to engage with its collections and resources.
Antonio Rybalchenko - in the last week

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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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