New York City – Free Travel 10: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

With all the budget-cutting measures of the current financial crises, things may change, so check when at the museum, but at the moment, the famed Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, always has — a suggested admission — of $20, 15 or 10 depending on your age, and a suggestion means that you really don’t have to pay the full amount.

Don’t be embarrassed in paying even a quarter. New Yorkers on budgets do it all the time.

On their web page, the museum says — to help cover the costs of special exhibitions, we ask that you please pay the full suggested amount. It’s still just asking.

Pay what you comfortably can. We know New York is a very expensive city to tour.

The collection covers 5,000 years of human art, and even houses a huge section of an Egyptian Temple. One of my favorite areas was a room of incredible Persian miniature paintings; I think they were on ivory. Learn online: Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History at: Metropolitan Museum of Art

The American Wing 1st and 2nd floor includes: Works by Cassatt, Cole, Copley, Eakins, Homer, Remington, Saint-Gaudens, Sargent, and Stuart. Crafts: Tiffany glass, silver, Period rooms.

European collections include: ancient Roman / Greek, Rembrandt, Goya, El Greco, Matisse, Picasso, Bernini, Rodin and more.

Upon entering the Museum, study your guides immediately and find out about tours.

The Met is housed in a huge, beautiful, classical building, overlooking Central Park, from some rooms. See below where to enter the Met and do use maps, otherwise the place can be overwhelming. Pay attention to floor plans at the Met.

And, for families: pick up special guides and a Museum map just for kids at the Information Desks. Metropolitan Museum of Art – Explore and Learn Guides. Guided tours are free and are in 10 languages.

Please be aware of the Metropolitan Museum’s rules and facilities.
Still photography is permitted, but only for private, noncommercial use from the Museum’s galleries devoted to the permanent collection.

Photography is not permitted in special exhibitions or areas designated as “No Photography”. Works of art on loan from private collections or other institutions may not be photographed. The use of flash and tripod is prohibited everywhere, at all times. Movie and video cameras are also prohibited.

Please note that you may enter the Museum at Fifth Avenue and 81st street or at Fifth Avenue and 82nd Street.

Carry-on bags and large backpacks cannot be checked. Don’t bring them.

Wheelchairs may be available at coat-check areas. Dotted lines on the floor plans indicate the best routes through the building for visitors in wheelchairs.

For information about the Museum’s many restaurant choices: Dining at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Every restaurant at the Met welcomes children, but the cafeteria is particularly friendly, with booster seats and high chairs, and special kids’ portions of sandwiches, pizza, and salads.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Museum Hours:
Monday: Closed (Except Met Holiday Mondays)
Tuesday–Thursday: 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 9:30 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Sunday: 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Take advantage of a special reduced rate Friday and Saturday evenings.
After 5:00 p.m. Audio Guides are only $5, then (usually $7).
Family Audio Guide
Ideal for children 6-12 and their families. This explains 10 easy-to-follow tours of Museum’s permanent collection.

New York City Archive

©2010 mystic at Travel Vacation Review

Leave a Reply