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.
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:
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!).