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Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET)

(212) 535-7710
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10028-0198
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The Metropolitan Museum is extraordinary in scope and size, and a visitor to this world-famous museum should plan on staying the entire day. In formation since 1870, the Metropolitan Museum's collection now contains more than three million works of art from all points of the compass, ancient through modern times. At their website, about 3,500 objects—fifty highlights from each of the Museum's curatorial departments as well as the entire department of European Paintings—can be searched by artist, period, style, or keyword.

Following is a list of the permanent exhibitions.

American Decorative Arts
Furniture, silver, pewter, glass, ceramics, and textiles from the late 17th to early 20th century, as well as domestic architecture in furnished period rooms

American Paintings and Sculpture
Portraits, landscapes, history paintings, still lifes, folk art, and sculpture from colonial times through the early 20th century

Ancient Near Eastern Art
Stone reliefs and sculpture, ivory, and objects of precious metal from a vast area and time span: Anatolia to the Indus Valley, Neolithic period (ca. 8000 B.C.E.) to the Arab conquest (7th century C.E.)

Arms and Armor
Armor for men, horses, and children, weapons, and martial accoutrements of sculptural and ornamental beauty from Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and America

Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas
Ritual objects and monuments, articles of personal adornment, and utensils for daily life from three continents and dozens of Pacific islands, 2500 B.C.E. to the present

Asian Art
Paintings, calligraphy, prints, sculpture, ceramics, bronzes, jades, lacquer, textiles, and screens from ancient to modern China, Japan, Korea, and South and Southeast Asia

The Cloisters
Art and architecture of medieval Europe, including sculpture, illuminated manuscripts, stained glass, metalwork, enamels, ivories, paintings, and tapestries (see also "Medieval Art")

The Costume Institute
Seven centuries and five continents of fashionable dress, regional costumes, and accessories for men, women, and children, up to the present

Drawings and Prints
Graphic art of the Renaissance and after, encompassing prints in all techniques, sketches to highly finished drawings, illustrated books, and other works on paper

Egyptian Art
Statuary, reliefs, stelae, funerary objects, jewelry, daily implements, and architecture from prehistoric Egypt through the Old, Middle, and New Kingdoms to the Roman period (4th century C.E.)

European Paintings
Major canvases, panels, triptychs, and frescoes by Italian, Flemish, Dutch, French, Spanish, and British masters, from the 12th through the 19th century

European Sculpture and Decorative Arts
Sculpture, furniture, ceramics and glass, metalwork, scientific instruments, textiles, and period rooms of the major Western European countries from the Renaissance through the early 20th century

Greek and Roman Art
Arts of Greece, Rome, Etruria, Cyprus, and Greek and Roman settlements until the 4th century C.E., including marble, bronze, and terracotta sculpture, vases, wall paintings, jewelry, gems, glass, and utilitarian objects

Islamic Art
Manuscripts and miniatures, carpets, intricately decorated objects in many media, and architectural elements from the founding of Islam in the 7th century C.E. onward, from Morocco to India

The Robert Lehman Collection
A private collection of paintings, drawings, and decorative arts given to the Museum, rich in works from the Italian and Northern Renaissance through the 20th century

The Libraries
Rare first editions, artists' treatises and manuals, illustrated atlases, scrapbooks, fine bindings, and seminal works of art history from the Museum's research libraries

Medieval Art
Early European, Byzantine, Carolingian, Romanesque, and Gothic works from the 4th to 16th century, including sculpture, tapestries, reliquaries, liturgical vessels, and more (see also "The Cloisters")

Modern Art
American and European paintings, works on paper, sculpture, design, and architecture representing the major artistic movements since 1900

Musical Instruments
An international array of instruments of historical, technical, and social importance, as well as tonal and visual beauty, from accordions to koras to zithers.

Prints and daguerreotypes from the early history of the medium, European and American avant-garde works, and contemporary contributions from around the world.

Antonio Rotti Textile Center
Tapestries, velvets, carpets, embroideries, laces, samplers, quilts, and woven and printed fabrics from all periods and civilizations, dating back to 3000 B.C.E.

Dining Options at the Met
Click here for a list of dining venues.

Now Showing
American Decorative Arts
April 22, Tuesday, 9:30AM

American Paintings and Sculpture
April 22, Tuesday, 9:30AM

Ancient Near Eastern Art
April 22, Tuesday, 9:30AM

Arms and Armor
April 22, Tuesday, 9:30AM

See complete schedule
Admission And Tickets
Suggested Donation
$25 - Adults
$17 - Seniors
$12* - Students
Members: Free
Children (under 12): Free
price includes same-day admission to The Cloisters

*The Museum participates in several programs that include free admission for students. All New York City public school students, along with students from Bard Graduate Center, Barnard College, Columbia University, and the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, may visit the Museum for free. Please check with your school administrator to see if your student I.D. allows free admission to the Museum.
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Telephone: (212) 535-7710
Address: 1000 Fifth Avenue
New York NY 10028-0198
Cross Streets 82nd Street
  • to 77th St
  • to 86th St -- 0.4
Web Site: www.metmuseum.org
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Hours And Additional Info
Sun-Thu: 10:00am–5:30pm
Fri-Sat: 10:00am–9:00pm

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, and the first Monday of May.

Sunday through Thursday galleries are cleared at 5:15 pm. On Friday and Saturday, galleries are cleared at 8:45 pm.

Dining Options at the Met
Click here for a list of dining venues.
Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) Tips
1. Coat Check Policies
All packages and umbrellas must be left in the coat-check areas near the Museum entrances before entering the galleries, and must be retrieved before the Museum closes. No luggage or garment bags will be accepted. This includes small carry-ons and oversize backpacks! The Museum reserves the right to have a discretionary policy regarding what can, and cannot, be checked into the coat-checks. Questions about the Museum's luggage policy can be referred to the Security Office at 212-570-3781.
2. Prepaid Guest Passes
To purchase admission in advance, the Museum offers Guest Passes to individuals or organizations for a discounted rate when ten or more passes are purchased. To purchase Guest Passes by telephone, please call 212-570-3711, Monday–Friday, 9:30am – 5:00pm
3. Rooftop Garden
Open roughly from the end of April through the end of October, the Met's rooftop garden is a wonderful place both to enjoy temporary exhibits, stunning views of New York, and drinks and snacks from the bar.