Metropolitan Museum of Art

With a fabulous collection of over two million cultural treasures from across the globe, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is widely acknowledged as one of the most prominent museums in the world. Also termed as The Met, this museum retains an extensive collection of established exhibits and many changing exhibit halls. Museum-visitors worldwide observed that that of all the museums in New York City, this Metropolitan Museum of Art is the biggest and most intensive.

Facts About Metropolitan Museum of Art

Located on the Upper East Side in the eastern corner of Central Park in Manhattan, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of several NYC Museums on the popular "Museum Mile" which runs along Fifth Avenue. At the crossroad of 82nd Street and Fifth Avenue, it stretched for a mile between 82nd and 104th Fifth Avenue, one of the densest portray of culture anywhere around the world. The Goethe Institute and German Cultural Center is based close to it and just a few blocks away from that is the Neue Galerie New York, one of the displays of early 20th century German and Austrian art in the world. Public transportation of a cab is the ideal way to reach these museums in New York City.  Three subway stations are within walking distance of the museum, and seven diverse bus lines can drop you near enough to walk.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Information

Established 1870
Location 5th Avenue and 82nd Street, Manhattan, New York
Visitor Figures

5.2 million (2008)
4.9 million (2009)

  • Ranked 1st nationally
  • Ranked 3rd globally
Director Thomas P. Campbell
Public Transit Access 86th Street (IRT Lexington Avenue Line)
Built: 1874
Architect: Calvert Vaux; Jacob Wrey Mould
Architectural Style(s): Beaux-Arts
Governing Body: Local
Added to NRHP: January 29, 1972
Designated NHL: June 24, 1986
NRHP Reference#: 86003556

Treasure of Divers Cultures

From Ancient Egyptian, Asian, Greco-Roman, Oceanic art, to art from the old heroes of Europe, from American pastoralism to latest photography and everything in between, several masterpieces are installed here. A hall is dedicated to arms and armor, and yet another exhibition hall retains only books, encompassing bound art from famous masters like Durer and Athanasius Kircher. Modern and contemporary pieces of art are displayed both on the Rooftop Garden and in the 60,000 square foot Modern Art section of the museum. Retaining Masterpieces like Jasper Johns's White Flag, Max Beckmann's Beginning, and Picasso's painting of Gertrude Stein, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is obviously a gateway for the ages.

Multiple Other Activities

Metropolitan Museum of Art visitors can enjoy a variety of events, discussions, lectures and performances on location. This New York museum delivers added educational programs for all, like films, lecture by a well-known artist including a question-and-answer session or whether you'd like to admit your child in a day-long arts program during perusing the museum's exhibits. The Cloisters is also part of the Met's collection but on a little off site location. It is a Medieval-focused museum located in Upper Manhattan. Popular events and talks are also conducted here on a weekly basis. Further detailed information on this special events held at both locations of the Metropolitan Museum of Art could be obtained from its official website.

Weather of Metropolitan Museum of Art

When deciding about the weather and season to visit New York City, always keep in mind that winters can be extremely chilling and snowy—especially in January and February when temperatures can hit 20 degrees Fahrenheit or even lower. Although the city plows the roads and clears ice off of sidewalks frequently, the streets and sidewalks can still appear to be a slushy mess. Nonetheless the city is coldest in January and February theater freaks often take these months as the ideal time to visit New York City. If you rush for last minute tickets for Broadway shows, the suitable time to visit New York is in January and February when visitation are at its lowest.

If you can bear the heat, the suitable time to visit New York City is ideally in the summer season. Between mid-July and mid-August, temperatures soar to 90 degrees Fahrenheit or often more and retain its heat for up to two weeks. Although several people are put off by the hot temperature, others find respite in free outdoor concerts in Central Park or indoor shopping malls.

If temperature is not bearable to you and you’re planning to decide when to go to New York City, the ideal time to enjoy NY visit is between September to November and from April to June, when the temperatures are moderate. April is often acknowledged as the best time to visit NYC due to its flowers which are in full bloom and the inhabitants of New York are enjoying the onset of warmer temperatures. With the leaves transforming color, October is a perfect time to visit Central Park.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Hours

  • Tuesday–Thursday: 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday: 9:30 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
  • Closed Monday (except Met Holiday Mondays),
  • Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day
  • Spring Break: April 25, 2011
  • Memorial Day: May 30, 2011
  • Independence Day: July 04, 2011
  • Labor Day: September 05, 2011
  • Columbus Day: October 10, 2011

Metropolitan Museum of Art Tickets / Admission

Adults $20
Seniors (65 and older) $15
Students $10
Members Free
Children under 12 (accompanied by an adult) Free

Metropolitan Museum of Art Parking Price

Hours Rate Member Rate (with Validation)
Up to 1 $18.00 $15.00
Up to 2 $24.00 $19.00
Up to 3 $30.00 $25.00
Up to 5 $33.00 $28.00
Up to 10 $38.00 $34.00

NOTE: Maximum fee up to 12:00 a.m. is $42.00