The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the most famous museums in New York City. The idea for this museum started in Paris. Inspired by the need to bring art to the U.S., lawyer John Jay took on the project of starting the Museum. It settled in its permanent location in 1880. Since then, various expansions have been added to accommodate the many exhibits it has acquired over the years.
There is an additional part of the Museum located in Manhattan. It is known as The Cloister Museums and Gardens (pictured). This branch opened up in 1938 as the part that showcases the exhibits of Medieval Europe. The Museum has benefited from contributions of Rockefeller and other generous benefactors. The building itself was created from multiple medieval styles.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is closed on Mondays except for Labor Day and Columbus Day. On Tuesdays through Thursdays and Sundays, it is open from 9:30 am to 5 pm. On Fridays and Saturdays, the museum remains open until 9 pm.
Prices for the Museum are $25 for an adult and free for children under 12. Seniors and students get a discount. Some public schools in the area are offered free admission for students. The price of admission also includes The Cloisters Museum and Gardens. You can buy tickets online.
One of the exhibitions currently on display is by Tomas Saracerno. Cloud City is an interesting exhibition that combines reflective materials with geometry to create a sculpture. Along with this sculpture is a tour emphasizing the feeling of weightlessness.
An upcoming exhibition features Andy Warhol’s period of artistry. Broken up into several categories, this collection shows the different periods of Warhol’s art. There are also events that that go along with this exhibition.
There is plenty of things for kids to do and explore at the museum. There are many programs geared just for them regarding the process and creating their own pieces. Story time is available for toddlers. These programs are usually free of charge to attend.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art accommodates and celebrates artists around the world. While it was started as an idea from Paris, the hard work of many art patrons have turned this museum into a place where art of all eras and places is celebrated.