Metropolitan Museum of Art
Do you want iconic art, architecture, and education all rolled into one during your New York Group Travel experience? Then you want the Metropolitan Museum of Art, arguably the finest art museum in the U.S!
Commonly known as The Met, the highly popular Metropolitan Museum of Art was first founded in 1870 by a group of Americans returning from an inspiring trip to Paris. It was decided that the United States needed a national institution and artistic landmark comparable to the Louvre, thus the Met was established, furnishing artistic understanding, inspiring, and encouraging the development of creativity.
The Met has been located in the same grand, neoclassical structure on 5th Avenue since 1880 and has added on several new complexes to its repertoire such as the Cloisters, a religious and traditional style collection of galleries. More than just a museum, The Met and its beautiful facade have been used as a filming location for several movies including The Thomas Crown Affair, Maid in Manhattan, When Harry Met Sally, and Hitch starring Will Smith.
Area-wise, the Met is one of the largest museums in the world with two million square feet of galleries and exhibits total onsite. Permanent collections include works by Rembrandt, Albrecht Durer, Georgia O’Keeffe, El Greco, Renoir, and Winslow Homer. Five paintings by Vincent Van Gogh including his beautiful piece, Cypresses, three sketches by Leonardo da Vinci, and five paintings by Pablo Picasso are also on display for visitors.
The ancient world is represented through Egyptian, Southeast Asian, Greek and Roman, and Sumerian historic pieces from tapestries and artwork to ceremonial artifacts and more. Every era of recorded human history is represented by the expression of human ingenuity and imagination, through the medium of art, through history, and now through this stunning and incomparable museum in New York City.
The Met is open daily with guided, audio, and group tours available as well as suggested itineraries so that you are able to view as much as possible during your visit.