Metropolitan Museum of Art

"The Met is a universal museum: every category of art in every known medium from every part of the world during every epoch of recorded time is represented here and thus available for contemplation or study -- not in isolation but in comparison with other times, other cultures, and other media."

Current Exhibitions

As strong a sign of seasonal change as any that nature provides, vivid banners above the Metropolitan Museum's Fifth Avenue entrance herald the principal attractions of the current art season. Conceived and organized by the Museum's curators, special exhibitions display works of art from the Metropolitan's own collection side by side with masterpieces from around the world. There is never an additional charge, beyond the admission contribution, to attend an exhibition at the Metropolitan, nor is special ticketing required. Visit often, online and in person-our galleries will reward you with something different every time.

The Met Store

The Met Store is a fabulous place to buy gifts; you will find publications based on past and present exhibits, stationary, puzzles, jewelry and other reproductions produced by the Museum. Upstairs there are rugs and posters for home decorating with style.

There are several large museums in New York but the Metropolitan Museum of Art is truly gigantic. From the sidewalk on Fifth Avenue, the Met, with its tall columns and windows, immense stairways and water fountains, looks like it could be an emperor's palace. The size and diversity of the artwork on display is even more impressive; the museum's collection contains works from every part of the world, spanning the Stone Age to the twentieth century. The Egyptian Art gallery includes a whole temple that was shipped to America as a gift. Getting at least a little bit lost at the Met is inevitable. Floor plans help, but only so much. Despite their seeming complexity, though, the galleries are arranged to help you navigate through with ease. If you get mixed up, there are always museum personnel nearby who can give you directions If you're planning on visiting the Met and another museum on Museum Mile in one trip, you'll have to prioritize; going through the entire Met is a full day (or two) affair. The Met is a must see when visiting New York and is always worth another trip.

Address & Phone
Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
Fifth Ave at 82nd Street
New York, NY 10028-0198
(212) 535-7710
Groups (212) 288-7733

Subways: 4, 5, 6 to 86 St

Mon Closed
Tues-Thurs 9:30am-5:30pm
Fri-Sat 9:30am-9:00pm
Sun 9:30am-5:30pm

Suggested Contribution
General $10
Students/Seniors $5
12 years and under are free, when accompanied by adult.

The Met's garage is at Fifth Avenue and 80th Street and is open all the time. If you have your ticket validated at the Uris Center Information Desk, the rates are lowered.

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