vincent van gogh, new york holiday to Metropolitan Museum of Art

Van Gogh, self-portrait

No New York holiday is long enough for you to see everything in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, it is blisteringly good as your feet will confirm. The museum dates back to 1866 and moved into its current building on 5th Avenue in 1880, it contains 5,000 years of history from early Egyptian, Greek and Chinese cultures to a world-class collection of masterpieces acquired or donated in the last 100 years.

Everyone visiting the Met, has two questions, Where to start? How to stop? There are over 200,000 items on display in 18 discrete collections so pace yourself and relax. Some visitors decide to concentrate on one or two collections per visit, or you can plan a route around some of your favourite works. The museum is so large, it contains buildings within buildings.

The grand main entrance with its impressive neoclassical facade is at 82nd Street on 5th Avenue but to avoid the crowds and queues you may be better advised to use the entrance on 81st Street, both are wheelchair accessible.

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The Met collection is so wide and varied there is something to appeal to every visitor, if you are on limited time then view the Metropolitan Museum of Art online and plan a route before you arrive. Collections worth particular attention include:

  • Asian Art
  • Greek and Roman Art
  • Egyptian Art
  • European Paintings
  • European Sculpture and Decorative Arts
  • The Robert Lehman Collection

The Cloisters museum and gardens, the Metropolitan’s branch museum dedicated to the art and architecture of medieval Europe, is located on four acres overlooking the Hudson River in northern Manhattan’s Fort Tryon Park.
Metropolitan Museum of Art visitor information in New York Travel Guide for New York Holiday.

Painting by Renoir in the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, visit on New York Holiday

Painting by Renoir

1000 Fifth Avenue (East 82nd Street)

Closed Monday (except Holiday Mondays)
Tuesday – Thursday, Sunday 9:30am – 5:30pm
Friday & Saturday 9:30am – 9:00pm

Buses M1, M2, M3, M4

Recommended Admission is:
Adults $25
Seniors (65 and older) $17
Students $12
Children under 12 (accompanied by an adult) Free

Good Disabled Access
Metropolitan Museum of Art New York Holiday visitor information in New York Travel Guide.