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Finding Meaning at The MET

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Finding Meaning at The MET

Today the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection includes over two million works divided among seventeen curatorial departments. It is a museum where every visit brings something new. This book will cover the key highlights of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) and provide background information to help you to better appreciate its many exhibits.

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 people. For a convenient guide to the essential highlights of the Museum and for detailed insights to help you appreciate the Museum’s many fascinating exhibits explore our “TREASURES of the MET” book.


This “TREASURES of the MET” E-book covers the essential exhibit highlights of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY and provides background information to help you to appreciate its many exhibits. This book offers insights to help make the museum’s many wonders more accessible and meaningful.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art – MET is a museum where every visit brings something new. This new book includes over 75 Chapters featuring the Treasures in the MET. Download “TREASURES of the MET” as a PDF E-book that you can use on most digital devices: Personal Computers, Laptops, iPads, Tablets and Mobile Devices. Or if you prefer, you can easily print our E-Books, to create your own hard-copy paper book.



The Metropolitan Museum of Art is organised into departments and this book is similarly organised into parts to reflect the departments of the MET. This book is organised as follows:

  • Introduction to the MET
  • European Paintings
  • Ancient Near Eastern Art
  • Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas
  • Asian Art
  • Egyptian Art
  • European Sculpture and Decorative Arts
  • American Wing
  • Greek and Roman Art
  • Islamic Art
  • Drawings and Prints
  • Costume Institute
  • Arms and Armor
  • Medieval Art
  • The Cloisters Museum
  • Modern and Contemporary Art
  • Photographs
  • Met Breuer
  • Musical Instruments


“I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.” Joseph Campbell


Photo Credit: By InSapphoWeTrust from Los Angeles, California, USA (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons