No museum in the United States is as celebrated as the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Spilling over with masterpieces from all over the world, including notable collections from Ancient Egypt and classical antiquity, “the Met” is an art experience unlike any other, and like much in New York, it’s impossible to see all the museum has to offer in one day (or even two days, for that matter). If you’ve never been there, then you should definitely visit its permanent collections (the first floor’s Greek and Roman art, Egyptian art and the second floor’s Islamic art exhibits are especially popular with travelers). If you’ve already visited the Met a time or two, then plan your next trip around the semiannual exhibits by the Costume Institute, or head to The Met Cloisters, an offshoot museum that’s dedicated to medieval Europe’s art and architecture located in Fort Tyron Park.
Travelers adore the Met, calling the facilites and artwork first-class. Many suggest consulting the museum’s website to strategize what exhibits you’d like to see ahead of your visit to make the most of it.
You can take the 4, 5 or 6 train to the 86th St. station; the museum is located at 1000 Fifth Ave., on the eastern perimeter of Central Park. You can visit the museum from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, with extended hours on Friday and Saturday until 9 p.m. (You can also patron the museum’s Great Hall Balcony Bar or Petrie Court Café and Wine Bar for a quick cocktail.) Suggested admission to the Main Building and The Cloisters Museum and Gardens is $25 for adults, $17 for seniors and $12 for students; kids younger than 12 can enter for free with a paying adult. You can purchase tickets online or in person. Be sure to visit the art museum’s website for additional information, including upcoming exhibits.