Founded in 1870 by members of New York’s Union League Club, the Metropolitan Museum of Art moved into a building designed by Calvert Vaux (who, with Frederick Law Olmsted, designed Central Park) in 1880. The southwest wing and façade were built in 1888. The Fifth Avenue side wings were completed in 1906. Sculptural decoration has never been finished.
One of the museum’s most important benefactors was J.P. Morgan, who as president (1904-13) continued to expand the collections and the building. In 1929 the museum acquired an outstanding collection of French impressionist paintings from Louisine Havermyer.
Today, The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest and most comprehensive art museum in the western hemisphere. It houses more than three million works of art, hundreds of them famous masterpieces, ranging from ancient to modern. Its collection of Egyptian art is second only to the one in Cairo.
Departments include: the American Decorative Arts, American Paintings and Sculpture, Ancient Near Eastern Art, Arms and Armor, Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, Asian Art, The Cloisters, The Costume Institute, Drawings and Prints, Egyptian Art, European Paintings, European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, Greek and Roman Art, Islamic Art, The Robert Lehman Collection, The Libraries, Medieval Art, Modern Art, Musical Instruments, Photographs, and Antonio Ratti Textile Center.
In addition to the Metropolitan Museum’s collection, visitors can enjoy special exhibitions, gallery talks, lectures, and other educational programs offered daily at the museum.
Location: 1000 Fifth Ave at 82nd Street
Telephone: 1(212) 535-7710, 1(212) 570-3828
Bus: M1, M2, M3, M4, M79, M86
Subway: to 86 St
Suggested admission for adults is * $20, $10 for senior citizens, and $10 for students with ID. Admission includes Main Building and The Cloisters on the same day. Admission is free for children under 12 with an adult.
9:30am to 5:30pm Tuesday-Thursday
9:30am to 9:00pm Friday-Saturday
9:30am to 5:30pm on Sundays.
Closed Mondays, January 1, Thanksgiving Day, and December 25.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art—its galleries, restaurants, and shops—will be open from 9:30am to 5:30pm on the following Holiday Mondays:
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Nearby Places of Interest:
- Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
- Whitney Museum of American Art
- Frick Collection
- Neue Galerie New York
- National Academy of Fine Art
- Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
- Jewish Museum
- Museum of the City of New York
- El Museo del Bario
- Central Park
- Cleopatra’s Needle (Central Park)
- Belvedere Castle (Central Park)
- Delacorte Theater (Central Park)
- Upper East Side
Allow yourself a minimum of 4 hours at the museum.
The Museum offers a broad spectrum of educational programming for all of its audiences, including guided tours in several languages, gallery talks, lectures, and films for adults as well as many activities for families and students. Almost all of these programs are free with Museum admission.
Due to ongoing budgetary concerns, some galleries will be closed on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings or afternoons on a rotating basis. Please check at the Admissions Desks or Information Desk in the Great Hall for each day’s schedule.
All packages and umbrellas must be left in the coat-check areas near the Museum entrances before entering the galleries, and must be retrieved before the Museum closes. No luggage or garment bags will be accepted.
Still photography is permitted for private, noncommercial use only in the Museum’s galleries devoted to the permanent collection. Photography is not permitted in special exhibitions or areas designated as “No Photography”; works of art on loan from private collections or other institutions may not be photographed. The use of a flash is prohibited. Movie and video cameras are prohibited. Tripods are allowed on weekdays only, and only with a permit issued by the Information Desk in the Great Hall.
Maps, brochures, tours, and assistance in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish can be obtained in the Great Hall. Audio Guide—available at distribution booths in the Great Hall and at the entrances to special exhibitions—is recorded in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish.
The Met Store features publications and reproductions produced by the Museum, as well as other books and merchandise related to the permanent collection and special exhibitions.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art offers a wide variety of dining options.
CLICK HERE for list of dining choices..
Street-level entrances at Fifth Avenue and 81st Street and at Museum Parking Garage. Wheelchairs are available at coat-check areas. Infrared sound enhancement systems are available for auditoriums and there are assistive listening systems at Information Desks. For programs and other information for visitors with disabilities or for a copy of the Access Information and Map brochure call 1(212) 570-3764.
* Prices subject to change