The Met – A Quick Visit

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A quick visit with our 2 ½ year grand daughter. What we saw:

Mostly Egyptian art, sculpture & arms and armour.

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Metropolitan Museum of Art

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Facade of imposing building with Greek columns. Large colored banners hang from the building's top. A crowd of people is in front.
Established April 13, 1870[1][2][3]
Location 1000 5th Avenue, New York City, NY 10028
Coordinates 40.779447°N 73.96311°W
Visitors 5.2 million (2008)[2]
4.9 million (2009)[4]
5.24 million (2010)

Director Thomas P. Campbell
Public transit access SubwayNYCS 4 NYCS 5 NYCS 6 NYCS 6d to 86th Street
BusM1M2M3M4M79, and M86
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Metropolitam Museum of Art by Simon Fieldhouse.jpg
Elevation by Simon Fieldhouse
Built 1874
Architect Richard Morris Hunt; also Calvert VauxJacob Wrey Mould
Architectural style Beaux-Arts
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 86003556
Significant dates
Added to NRHP January 29, 1972[5]
Designated NHL June 24, 1986[6]

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (colloquially The Met), located in New York City, is the largest art museum in the United States and one of the ten largest in the world.[7] Its permanent collection contains more than two million works, divided among seventeen curatorial departments.[8] The main building, located on the eastern edge of Central Park along Manhattan’s Museum Mile, is by area one of the world’s largest art galleries. There is also a much smaller second location at The Cloisters in Upper Manhattan that features medieval art.[9]

Represented in the permanent collection are works of art from classical antiquity and Ancient Egypt, paintings and sculptures from nearly all the European masters, and an extensive collection of American and modern art. The Met also maintains extensive holdings of AfricanAsianOceanicByzantine, and Islamic art.[10] The museum is also home to encyclopedic collections of musical instruments, costumes and accessories, and antique weapons and armor from around the world.[11] Several notable interiors, ranging from first-century Rome through modern American design, are permanently installed in the Met’s galleries.[12]

The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded in 1870. The founders included businessmen and financiers, as well as leading artists and thinkers of the day, who wanted to open a museum to bring art and art education to the American people.[3] It opened on February 20, 1872, and was originally located at 681 Fifth Avenue.[13]

As of 2012, the Met occupies about 2,000,000 square feet (190,000 m2).[14] Admission is pay what you wish with a recommendation of $25.[15]

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