The Metropolitan Museum of Art at central park in New York is the largest art museum in the US, and you will experience the vast size when visiting. You can keep walking and walking though the different collections. So if you want to go here, remember to get there early, so you have time to enjoy the Met. You can buy tickets ahead online and just print them when enter the museum. A great way to skip the lines, and works like a charm. Walk in the main entrance from Fifth Avenue, turn left and get the tickets in a matter of seconds.
The main building is located along Manhatten’s Museum Mile, but there os also a much smaller location at Upper Manhatten that features medieval art. The Museum was founded in 1870 by a group of American businessmen, artists, thinkers and financiers of the time, who wanted to bring education to the american people.
The museum hold holds collections of ancient near eastern art, arms and armor, art of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, Asian art, drawings and prints, egyptian art, european paintings etc.
The beautiful main building along Fifth Avenue that meets you today, started out in a quite different way. A mausoleum was designed in red bricks by Calvert Vaux and collaborators. The ambitious building was not well received. The Victorian Gothic style was outdated even before the completion, and the president of the Met termed the project as a mistake.
A new plan was made and executed already within 20 years. the red building was engulfed by new buildings and ending up with the design that we know today. in 2010 the Met measured 400 m in length and 190.000 m2 floor space, which is more that 20 times the original size of the red building. Today the entire complex is owned but the city of New York and the city contributes utilities, heat and partly guardianship.
The Met is a vast place, so do yourself the favor and plan what you would like to se here. Chances are that you will spend a lot of time here, so be sure that you at least see what you came for. The planning of the museum can be a bit confusing, so grab the maps and keep an eye on the room-numbers when walking around.
We loved the Met, and hope you guys will love our pictures.