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The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, commonly known as the Met, is one of the world's largest and most prestigious art museums located in New York City. It was established in 1870 and is situated along Museum Mile on Fifth Avenue, in Manhattan's Upper East Side.

The Met's vast collection spans over 5,000 years of human history and encompasses artworks and artifacts from cultures around the globe. With more than 2 million works of art, the museum showcases a diverse range of artistic disciplines, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, textiles, decorative arts, arms and armor, costumes, musical instruments, and archaeological artifacts.

The museum is housed in a magnificent Beaux-Arts building, designed by Calvert Vaux, Jacob Wrey Mould, Richard Morris Hunt, and Richard Howland Hunt in various stages, and expanded over the years to accommodate its growing collection. The main building features iconic architectural elements, such as the grand entrance stairs and the Great Hall.

Within the Met's collection, visitors can explore art from ancient civilizations, including Egypt, Greece, Rome, and the Near East. There are also extensive galleries dedicated to European art, spanning from the Middle Ages to the present day, featuring masterpieces by renowned artists such as Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Gogh, Monet, Renoir, and Picasso.

The museum's American Wing showcases American art, including paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts from colonial times to the early 20th century. The Asian Art Department displays an extensive collection of artworks from China, Japan, Korea, South Asia, and the Islamic world. Additionally, the Met has collections dedicated to African, Oceanic, and Indigenous art, as well as modern and contemporary art.

In addition to its permanent collection, the Met hosts numerous temporary exhibitions that explore specific artists, art movements, historical periods, or cultural themes. These exhibitions often attract international acclaim and draw visitors from around the world.

The Met also offers educational programs, lectures, concerts, and performances, providing visitors with a rich cultural experience beyond the art on display. The museum's library and archives contain a vast collection of books, manuscripts, photographs, and other research materials for scholars and researchers.

To make the museum more accessible to the public, the Met operates on a suggested admission policy for New York State residents and NY, NJ, and CT students, allowing visitors to pay what they wish. This policy aims to ensure that art remains accessible to all, regardless of financial means.

Overall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art stands as an iconic cultural institution, celebrating the diversity and richness of artistic expression throughout human history. Its expansive collection and commitment to education and public engagement have solidified its status as a world-renowned museum.


 
This photograph shows two statues of Amenhotep III at the Temple of Dendur in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Amenhotep III

Two statues of Amenhotep III at the Temple of Dendur.


 
 
A photograph of a room in the British decorative arts galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

British Decorative Arts Galleries

A room in the British decorative arts galleries.


 
 
This photograph shows a colonnaded staircase known as the Grand Stairway at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Grand Stairway

A colonnaded staircase known as the Grand Stairway.


 
 
This photograph shows the Fifth Avenue facade of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City at twilight.

MET Fifth Avenue facade

The Fifth Avenue facade of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City at twilight.


 
 
This photograph shows four mounted Knights at the Arms and Armor Department.

Arms and Armor Department

Four mounted Knights at the Arms and Armor Department.


 
 
This photograph shows a late 12th-century stone altar made in Castile, Spain. It is at the Cloisters at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

The Cloisters

A late 12th-century stone altar made in Castile, Spain.


 
 
This photograph shows a close up view of the Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Temple of Dendur

A close up view of the Temple of Dendur.


 
 
This photograph shows a colonnaded staircase known as the Grand Stairway that leads down to the Great Hall at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Grand Stairway

A colonnaded staircase known as the Grand Stairway that leads down to the Great Hall.


 
 
This photograph shows people in one of the Greek and Roman galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Greek and Roman Galleries

People in one of the Greek and Roman galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.


 
 
This painting commemorates General George Washington's crossing of the Delaware River with the Continental Army on the night of December 2526, 1776, during the American Revolutionary War.

George Washington's crossing of the Delaware

General George Washington's crossing of the Delaware River with the Continental Army on the night of December 25–26, 1776, during the American Revolutionary War.


 
 
This photograph shows two statues (frontal view) of Amenhotep III at the Temple of Dendur in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Amenhotep III

Two statues (frontal view) of Amenhotep III at the Temple of Dendur.


 
 
This photograph shows two statues (rear view) of Amenhotep III at the Temple of Dendur in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Amenhotep III

Two statues (rear view) of Amenhotep III at the Temple of Dendur.


 
 
This photograph shows people in the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

The American Wing

This photograph shows people in the American Wing.


 
 
These photographs show a statue of Bodhisattva, probably Avalokiteshvara (Guanyin) ca. 550-560 in the Asian Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Statue of Bodhisattva

A statue of Bodhisattva in the Asian Wing.


 
 
This photograph shows Cambodian statues in gallery 249 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Cambodian Statues

Cambodian statues in gallery 249.


 
 
This photograph shows people in the Carroll and Milton Petrie European Sculpture Court at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

European Sculpture Court

People in the Carroll and Milton Petrie European Sculpture Court.


 
 
This photograph shows the Great Hall at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City which was designed in the Beaux-Arts style by Richard Morris Hunt and his son, Richard Howland Hunt.

The Great Hall

The Great Hall that was designed in the Beaux-Arts style by Richard Morris Hunt and his son, Richard Howland Hunt.


 
 
This photograph shows a large gallery enclosed by a colonnade filled with stone sculptures from ancient Rome and Greece.

Roman and Greek Galleries

A large gallery enclosed by a colonnade filled with stone sculptures from ancient Rome and Greece.


 
 
This photograph shows a large gallery enclosed by a colonnade filled with stone sculptures from ancient Rome and Greece.

Roman and Greek Galleries

Another view of the Roman and Greek Gallery.


 
 
This photograph shows a large gallery enclosed by a colonnade filled with stone sculptures from ancient Rome and Greece.

Roman and Greek Galleries

A zoomed out view of the Roman and Greek Gallery.


 
 
This photograph shows Oceanic Art in The Michael C. Rockefeller Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Oceanic Art

Oceanic Art in The Michael C. Rockefeller Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.


 
 
This photograph shows Oceanic Art in The Michael C. Rockefeller Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Oceanic Art

Oceanic Art in The Michael C. Rockefeller Wing.


 
 
These photographs show a Statue of Dionysos leaning on a female figure (Hope Dionysos) housed in the Greek and Roman galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Statue of Dionysos

A Statue of Dionysos leaning on a female figure (Hope Dionysos) housed in the Greek and Roman galleries.


 
 
This photograph shows the Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

The Temple of Dendur

The Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.


 
 
This photograph shows part of the Temple of Dendur complex at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

The Temple of Dendur

This photograph shows part of the Temple of Dendur complex.


 
 
This photograph shows an artist drawing the statue of Ugolino and His Sons in the European Sculpture Court at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Ugolino and His Sons

An artist drawing the statue of Ugolino and His Sons in the European Sculpture Court.


 
 
This photograph shows a close-up view of Ugolino and His Sons in the European Sculpture Court at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Ugolino and His Sons

A close-up view of Ugolino and His Sons.


 
 
This photograph shows people in European Sculpture Court at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

European Sculpture Court

People in European Sculpture Court.


 
 
The Carroll and Milton Petrie European Sculpture Court at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

European Sculpture Court

The Carroll and Milton Petrie European Sculpture Court.


 
 
This photograph shows a marble statue of a youthful Hercules A.D. 69–96 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Statue of a Youthful Hercules

A marble statue of a youthful Hercules.


 
 
This photograph shows the Fifth Avenue facade of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

MET Fifth Avenue Facade

The Fifth Avenue facade of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.


 
 
This photograph shows The Three Graces statue housed in gallery 162 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

The Three Graces

The Three Graces statue housed in gallery 162.


 
 
The Carroll and Milton Petrie European Sculpture Court at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The statue in the forefront of the image is Ugolino and His Sons.

European Sculpture Court

The European Sculpture Court. The statue in the forefront of the image is Ugolino and His Sons.


 
 
This photograph shows people sitting in one of the European painting galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

European Painting Galleries

People sitting in one of the European painting galleries. Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Goya, Paul Cézanne, Rembrandt, Vincent van Gogh, etc.


 
 
This photograph shows a fragment of a colossal marble head thought to be that of Alexander the Great at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Alexander the Great

A fragment of a colossal marble head thought to be that of Alexander the Great.


 
 



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