The Metropolitan Museum of Art is located in New York City, in the Central Park neighborhood of Fifth Avenue, within New York’s famous Museum Mile. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is without a doubt the most important museum in New York City and the entire United States, as well as one of the largest art museums in the world. The museum presents to visitors more than two million items in the field of painting, sculpture, ancient civilizations, costume, weapons, photography, as well as the works of modern masters.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art covers the period of creativity of people from all corners of our planet, more than five thousand years. In addition to the permanent exposition, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has several halls where every month it hosts temporary expositions on absolutely different topics, sometimes these are collections of the most famous world artists like Michelangelo or Da Vinci. At other times, it might be exhibitions of costumes from the most famous designers of the 20th century, like Chanel or Yves Saint Laurent.
When visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art, you should be prepared to spend at least six hours in the museum, and at the same time, you will not see half of its permanent exhibition. The most zealous art lovers spread their visit to the museum over two or even three days.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the oldest museum in the country, it was founded in 1870 by a group of wealthy American businessmen and philanthropists, and until now the museum exists on the funds from its trustee fund, which includes wealthy New Yorkers and the largest companies in the country.
The museum’s main collection is housed in a building designed by Calvert Vox and built in 1880. The neo-Gothic building of the museum is located on the territory of Central Park and has an address: 1000 Fifth Avenue.
The main exhibits of the Metropolitan Museum of Art are:
- John Gutenberg’s Bible, the oldest printed book of mankind;
- Self-Portrait with a Straw Hat – Van Gogh’s great self-portrait painting;
- Sunbeam Photograph, the first photograph of mankind, taken by William Talbot in 1835;
- Washington Crossing the Delaware River – one of the major paintings of the United States, by Emmanuel Leitz;
- The Bridge over the Lily Pond, the most famous painting by Claude Monet;
- Ugolino and his Sons – Sculpture by Jean Baptiste Carlo, recognized as one of the most skillful works in stone;
- Egyptian Temple – A small stone temple from 10 BC (the period of the Roman Emperor Augustus, who ruled Egypt at the time. The temple is a gift from the state of Egypt after a team of U.S. military engineers saved the areas from flooding by the waters of the overflowing Nile in 1965;
Visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art has a Suggested Charge system
- $25 – adult admission ticket (over 12 years old);
- $17 – admission ticket for seniors (over 60);
- $12 – admission ticket for students
At the same time, the Suggested Charge system implies that you yourself name the price you can pay for visiting the museum, it can be $5, $10 or you can ask for a free ticket.