One of the great parts about visiting NYC is the wealth of excellent museums and cultural attractions. But while there are an almost endless amount of art museums worth visiting, the Metropolitan Museum of Art—simply called The Met—is head and shoulders above them all.
Situated on Central Park at 82nd Street and only a few blocks from other legendary art museums like the Guggenheim and Whitney Museum of American Art, The Met is the world’s third largest museum and houses an absolutely gigantic collection that spans more than 5,000 years and includes two million pieces of art!
The museum is divided into seventeen different curatorial departments and it goes without saying that it can be quite difficult to see all the museum has to offer on one visit. One really has to choose what aspects of the museum interest them the most or dedicate several full days to exploring the museum.
History lovers will definitely enjoy the Egyptian antiquities section with its restored temples and giant sculptures taken straight from the Sahara. Likewise the Greek and Roman section has a host of artwork and statues that give even the Louvre a run for its money.
The classic works of the European Masters can be seen in the European paintings section, while contemporary art can be found in the modern art section.
Admission to the museum is donation based, with the recommended donation $25 per person. The good news is that it’s possible to save money by donating less on subsequent visits, therefore making it possible to take in even more the museum has to offer. Closed on Mondays, the museum stays open late—until 9 p.m.—on Fridays and Saturdays.
Guests staying at the boutique hotel The MAve on Madison Avenue will want to take the 6 train from 28th Street to 86th Street. The entire journey from the hotel to world-class art should only take about 15 minutes.