The Metropolitan Museum of Art

You can’t really “finish” the Met, what with its more than 2 million feet of floor space and massive collections of just about everything old.

It’s much more likely that the Met will finish you first, so pack water, comfy shoes, and a healthy patience for your fellow tourists during your trek through antiquity. Though this poor, broke institution recently brought back admission fees, it’s still pay-what-you-wish for all New Yorkers as well as New Jersey and Connecticut students, and one ticket gets you in for three consecutive days.

Best things to see at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Met’s expansive permanent art collection is curated into geographical regions or historical designations over five floors. The museum contains artwork and historical artifacts from Europe, the Americas, Egypt, and much more. Along with the Met’s permanent collection, curators are hard at work creating any number of rotating exhibitions. Be sure to check out the Met’s current exhibitions before you go. If you’re not an art connoisseur or historian, take a guided or audio tour which are available at the front desk. Some of the most popular permanent exhibits are outlined below.

 

European Sculpture and Decorative Arts

This is one of the largest collection departments at the Met, with over 50,000 pieces dating back to the 15th through 20th century.

 

Egyptian Art

One of the Met’s most popular exhibits and the centerpiece of the Egyptian Art exhibit is the Temple of Dendur. The Temple dates back to 15 BC and is the only temple on display in the Western hemisphere.

 

Islamic Art

The Met’s houses one of the largest collections of works of Islamic art. Explore ceramics, textiles, manuscripts, and paintings from all of the world reflecting different periods and cultures within Islam.

 

Costume Institute

With over 35,000 costumes and accessories, the Institute showcases famous designers like Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, and Gianni Versace, and is the host of the Met Gala.

 

Modern and Contemporary Art

Some of the world’s most famous modern paintings by recognizable artists such as Jackson Pollock, Picasso, or Gertrude Stein are housed in the Met’s Modern and Contemporary Art exhibit on the second floor.

 

Asian Art

Spanning over 4,000 years, this is one of the most comprehensive Asian art exhibits in the United States. Every Asian civilization is represented in the Asian Art wing ranging from calligraphy and paintings, to sculpture and prints.

 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art directions and parking

Best way to get to the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Met is located at Fifth Avenue in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. It is easily accessible by public transport from the east or west side of Manhattan, Penn Station, or the Met Cloisters. The nearest bus stop is right in front of the museum, and the nearest Metro stop is a 10 minute walk on 86th St. The Met can also be reached by car, though traffic is frequently congested in the area. The Met garage is located off of 80th Street.

 

Best parking near the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Museum parking garage is located at Fifth Avenue and 80th Street. It is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with rates varying based on the time of day. Designates paces are available for people with disabilities, as are bicycle racks.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art FAQs

Can I take pictures?

Yes, as long as they are used only for personal, non-commercial use only. Flash is prohibited at all times, as are video cameras.

 

Is there a place I can check my bag or coat?

Yes, in fact, all backpacks, large bags, and large umbrellas must be checked. Small carry-ons and oversize backpacks, however, cannot be checked.

 

Are strollers allowed?

Strollers are permitted in most areas, but be sure to stop by Information Desks to inquire about limitations. Jogging strollers are not allowed.