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Metropolitan Museum of Art – MET

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Metropolitan Museum of Art – MET

The Metropolitan Museum of Art often called “the MET”, is in New York City and is one of the largest art museums in the United States. It is in the top five most visited art museum in the world. Its collection has over two million works of art from antiquity to modern times, consisting of paintings, sculptures, musical instruments, costumes, and accessories, and antique weapons and armour from around the world. Highlights include large gallery installations, ranging from first-century Rome through modern American design.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art main building is on the edge of Central Park along Manhattan’s Museum Mile. A smaller second location, The Cloisters is at Fort Tryon Park in Upper Manhattan; it has an extensive collection of art and architecture from Medieval Europe. A third location is the Met Breuer Museum at Madison Avenue in the Upper East Side. It focuses on the museum’s modern and contemporary art program.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded in 1870 to bring art and art education to the American people. It first opened in 1872 and was originally at 681 Fifth Avenue.

Highlights of The Met Fifth Avenue

Masterpieces of The MET Cloisters

Masterpieces of The Met Breuer

About The Met Fifth Avenue

Metropolitan Museum of Art – MET


“The modern world thinks of art as very important: something close to the meaning of life.” Alain de Botton


Photo Credit: By Alex Proimos from Sydney, Australia (Outside the Metropolitan Museum Of Art) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons