Tips For Visting The Met

New York is one of the busiest cities in the World and is home to the iconic Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Met is the 5th largest museum in the world, with over two million art pieces from all seven continents, from different centuries.

Since it’s spread over 2.2 million square feet, it would be a mammoth task to cover the museum independently.

Hence here are a few trips to make your trip a swift one.

1. Don’t rush.

New York is a fast-paced city, but you can take your time with one of the best museums in the world, The Met.

Being one of the most prominent museums in the world, it is next to impossible to soak in all the pieces at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in a few hours.

There are more than a million art pieces at this world-renowned museum, and it could take days to scan through them. 

If you want to know the history of the art pieces in depth, we suggest you choose a guided tour ticket.

2. Book in advance

The Met is the fifth biggest museum in the world, which means it will be crowded. Due to its high footfall, you may not get a ticket at the counter.

Hence, it is always best to pre-book your tickets online to avoid long lines and enjoy the museum to the fullest.

3. Visit the museum when it is less crowded

The Met is one of the finest contemporary art museums in the World. Hence its corridors are bound to be constantly flooded.

Usually, the museum starts gaining footfall afternoon. We recommend you visit the museum around 10 am or 3 pm.

During the opening hours of The Met, the museum is relatively empty due to it being school and working hours, making 10 am the perfect time.  

The museum is also relatively emptier and quieter during the late hours of Friday and Saturday.

We suggest getting a guided tour ticket to cut through the crowds.

4. Use the maps

The Met spans over 2.2 million square feet, and it is next to only possible to navigate with a map.

The museum houses over 2 million pieces of art that are very valuable.

Hence it is advised to keep a map handy. You can find the map at the ticket counter in the Great Hall.

Another option to find your way and land where you want to is to get a tour guide which is part of the guided tour ticket.

5. Photography is allowed

The Metropolitan Museum of Art allows and appreciates photography so capture all the moments and your favorite art pieces.

Works of iconic artists like Monet, Van Gogh, and Picasso, along with the ancient temple of Dendur, are on display in this museum.

So click as many pictures of all the art pieces that grab your attention so that you leave the museum with many memories.

6. Don’t skip the Costume Institute 

The Costume Institute of The Met has over thirty-three thousand objects on display.

The objects represent centuries of fashionable dressing for men, women, and children, from the fifteenth century to the present.

The annual Met gala is a fundraiser of this institute.

All the outfits celebrities wear on the biggest fashion night of the year are displayed here.

Hence, visit this institute and spot all the outfits worn by people over the centuries.

7. Visit the Met Cloister 

The Met cloister specializes in medieval European art and architecture, focusing heavily on the Romanesque and Gothic periods.

It is governed by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and contains an extensive large collection of medieval artworks shown in the architectural settings of French monasteries and abbeys.

Though it is not part of The Met’s main building, it is still a must-visit.

8. When in New York, do as the New Yorkers do

The Met is located in one of the world’s busiest and most happening cities. 

New York is the city where dreams come true. Take advantage of every opportunity this city provides.

With that being said, explore the city as much as you can. The Met is in a prime location in the city, with everything within walking distance.

Visit as many restaurants as you can and indulge in many activities available in the city.

If you are trying to figure out how to make the most of your trip, you could book a hop-on hop-off New york city bus pass, including all the prime locations.

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Harshitha’s heart lies where greeny mountains meet stretches of beach. She believes getting lost is the best way to explore