A visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art

March 25, 2013 in New York City,Places,United States

Like the Louvre in Paris or the MONA in Hobart, the Met is THE museum of New York City. Housed in an iconic building on the edges of Central Park–with the steps that grace plenty a movie scene–the Metropolitan Museum of Art has an incredible collection of art and antiquities.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City

It can be overwhelming: there are rooms upon rooms of antique musical instruments, stained glass windows, cubism paintings, impressionism paintings, sculptures, Egyptian artifacts. You could easily spend days in the place and still not be able to inspect every piece–it’s just huge. In addition to the permanent collection, there are rotating exhibitions of an excellent caliber: I was able to see After Photoshop: Manipulated Photography in the Digital Age and Matisse: In Search of True Painting (a fun throwdack to my visit to the Matisse Museum in Nice!)

Even though I arrived early–which I strongly recommend, as the crowds seem to pour in after noon–and stayed for most of the afternoon, I still wasn’t able to see everything. I’m totally OK with that, though–I’m saving my next visit for once the rooftop bar is open! Below, a few of my favorite photos from inside the Met:

Modern art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City

Modern art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City

Modern art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City

Desk and telephone in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City

Flags in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City

Kids drawing in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City

Ceramic dishware in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City

Gold statue and glass ceiling in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City

Tiffany mosaic and stained glass in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City

What’s your favorite photo of the Met? 

Note: I visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art free of charge, thanks to complimentary New York CityPASS ticket booklets (which I’ll be writing about this Friday!). 

  • cosmoHallitan

    I love the Met! Sadly I didn’t spend enough time there when I lived in the city. Would love to explore it in more depth. I can’t wait to hear about this City Pass! Is that a new thing?

  • Kat

    Some advice for the museum lovers…pick one or two collections for each visit. I once spent 2 hours just in the Met’s Egyptian Collection and did the same for their Medieval collection too. Before I started to do that, I went in there for two hours with no plans and left disappointed because I didn’t see everything I wanted to…speed walking through the Met is not advised!

  • Briel79

    I like the second photo best. Are those tiny mirrors? I like how the photo turned out!

    In all my times of being to NY I’ve never made it to the Met. (I feel like a broken record every time I state things I HAVEN’T done while in NY! haha) I like the advice someone gave about picking a couple of exhibits to concentrate on instead of just trying to speed your way through.

  • zof

    stunning! I like the second work best but I love this pic with kids contemplating paintings as well:-)

  • Such great shots! I think the last one is my fave.

  • camorose

    I think the City Pass is pretty heavily marketed to tourists but it’s been around a while–will be posting about it tomorrow though!

  • camorose

    Great tip! It’s just so expensive to keep going back again and again–but I suppose if you’re super interested and have time, that’s the best way.

  • camorose

    It’s a cool piece of mirrors in the modern art wing. Definitely worth checking out on your next visit!

  • camorose

    Glad you liked it!

  • camorose

    Tiffany mosaics! Good taste 🙂

  • Izy Berry

    Amazing Shots! I also love the last picture.. I’d love to go there too!

  • camorose

    Thanks! It’s a pretty cool place to spend the day.

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