The Met Fifth Avenue is one of NYC’s most beloved cultural institutions. Housing nearly 2 million works of art, the Met is the largest museum in the US—and among the largest on earth. On a single day, you can see paintings by Van Gogh and Rembrandt; 17th-century Portuguese king’s armor; ancient tapestries depicting Buddhist deities; and the Temple of Dendur, an Egyptian shrine built about 15 BC. You will also find galleries of Asian, Egyptian and Islamic art, which reveal the influences and intersections of the world’s many cultures. In addition to the Met’s main building on Fifth Avenue, the institution includes the Met Cloisters, dedicated to the art and architecture of medieval Europe, and the Met Breuer, featuring modern and contemporary collections.
Frequently Asked Questions
When are the best times to visit? The museum is open daily. Get there around 11am—after the admission lines have dissipated. Note that on Friday and Saturday evenings, the museum stays open until 9pm.
How much are tickets? Admission to the Met is pay-what-you-wish at the door and includes same-day access to the Met Fifth Avenue, the Met Cloisters and the Met Breuer. Tickets can also be purchased in advance online at the suggested donation of $25 for adults, $17 for seniors (65 and over) and $12 for students.
How do I book a tour? Guided tours take place every 15 minutes and are free, making them an easy way to explore the collection with the benefit of a docent’s knowledge. The museum also includes suggested itineraries on its website.
Is there anywhere to eat? The Met Fifth Avenue contains several dining spaces, including the Cafeteria, the American Art Café and the Petrie Court Café. During warmer months, the building’s Roof Garden Bar, featuring impressive views of Central Park, offers cocktails and light fare.
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