Art enthusiasts travel to The Metropolitan Museum of Art (the Met) to see extensive collections curated from around the world. At this location, visitors can see mosaics, paintings, and pieces made from terracotta, marble, bronze, and papyrus. The work of American greats such as Cassatt, O’Keefe, and Bingham are displayed in the permanent collections of the Met. Other artists featured in the permanent collections are Goya, Whistler, Caravaggio, and Rembrandt. Ancient work including that of the Assyrians and Mayans is included too. Visit the museum’s website to preview collections, print suggested itineraries, familiarize yourself with the museum’s map, and read about special events taking place.
Originally founded in 1870, the Met sits on the same site that has been its home since 1880. It covers 2 million square feet and has changed substantially since its inception.
The main building opens daily at 10 am. The museum closes at 5:30 pm on Sunday through Thursday and at 9 pm on Friday and Saturday. The Met is closed on January 1, the first Monday in May, Thanksgiving, and December 25. “Recommended” admission helps cover museum costs and are as follows: $25 for adults, $17 for seniors, and $12 for students; those 11 and younger are free.