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:

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Open Now

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

5 Star Rating I had been to MET couple of times. They have wonderful collections of arts on display. This time enjoyed 'Heavenly Bodies' exhibition. There is a rooftop garden. The garden has spectacular view of the city. However, a few more seating and shaded area would be great on the rooftop garden.

Afsana Anjum - 16 days ago

5 Star Rating Absolutely amazing museum! More than just art, there is a lot of history housed in this gorgeous building. Tickets are $25, and are valid for three days. I took two days to really see most of it in depth, but even then I could have used more time to see all the special exhibits. Many amazing collections are on display. Staff is very helpful to offer information and suggestions for touring around the museum. Definitely a highlight of NYC and worth a day or two to visit.

shannon challis - 24 days ago

5 Star Rating The MET is the king of all fine art museums. It's absolutely humongous. It has first class time arts from Monet to Picasso, from sculptures to medieval weapons, contemporary art to ancient artifacts. You can literally spend all day here and still not see everything. The Egyptian exhibit is stunning... It's impressive to see actual structures from ancient Egypt reconstructed in a building in NY. There are staff members everywhere if you need some guidance.

M M - 29 days ago

5 Star Rating This museum is seriously the most beautiful museum I’ve ever been to. There is SO much to see and you could spend hours here. I love that you can leave the museum and come back. We were there for a couple hours and left to grab some lunch and picked up right where we left off. The staff here is so nice and knowledgeable. The museum is clean, modern and gorgeous. I would recommend it to anyone!!

Ericka Gilliland - 29 days ago

5 Star Rating Oasis Bible tours here at the MET, OUTSTANDING. Beautiful museum. Unique opportunity to really engage in, be a part of and understand history. A lot of expense, time and effort has obviously been put into each display. You get to not only see the art but also read about it. Its very busy, people come from all over the world to visit here. Great place for a bus trip or just your family.

Arlene Randolph - 1 month ago

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