New York

United States

1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
Phone: 212-535-7710

The Metropolitan Museum

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the world's largest and finest art museums. Its collections include more than two million works of art spanning 5,000 years of world culture, from prehistory to the present and from every part of the globe.

Founded in 1870, the Metropolitan Museum is located in New York City's Central Park along Fifth Avenue (from 80th to 84th Streets). Last year it was visited by 5.2 million people.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded in 1870 by a group of American citizens – businessmen and financiers as well as leading artists and thinkers of the day – who wanted to create a museum to bring art and art education to the American people.

‘The Metropolitan is a collection of museums, each deserving of many repeated visits. It is a vast storehouse of knowledge, where works of art are held for reference as well as for display; its collections are meant to be consulted as one chooses from a long menu. Indeed, the strength of the Met is that all under one roof it provides an almost infinite number of options for many rich and rewarding visits. These can take an infinite number of forms, from random wanderings to planned itineraries, from an in-depth study of a single gallery or exhibition to the exploration of several different cultures or periods. Every conceivable peregrination is possible because the Met is a universal museum: every category of art in every known medium from every part of the world is represented here and thus available for contemplation or study – and not in isolation but in comparison with other times, other cultures, and other media. Understood in this way, of course,... [ Read all ]

Permanent Collection

The Museum's two-million-square-foot building has vast holdings that represent a series of collections, each of which ranks in its category among the finest in the world. The American Wing, for example, houses the world's most comprehensive collection of American paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts, presently including 24 period rooms that offer an unparalleled view of American history and domestic life. The Museum's approximately 2,500 European paintings form one of the greatest such collections in the world – Rembrandts and Vermeers alone are among the choicest, not to mention the collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist canvases. Virtually all of the 36,000 objects constituting the greatest collection of Egyptian art outside Cairo are on display, while the Islamic art collection is one of the world's finest. Other major collections belonging to the Museum include arms and armor, Asian art, costumes, European sculpture and decorative arts, medieval and Renaissance art, musical instruments, drawings, prints, antiquities from around the ancient world, photography, and modern art.
Major gallery areas have opened recently, greatly enhancing the presentation of collections. In June 1998, the Arts of Korea gallery opened to the public, completing a major suite of galleries – a "museum within the Museum" – devoted to the arts of Asia. In October 1999 the renovated Ancient Near Eastern Galleries reopened. And a complete renovation and reinstallation of the Greek and Roman Galleries is underway: the first phase, The Robert and Renée Belfer Court for early Greek art, opened in June 1996; the New Greek Galleries premiered in April 1999; and in April 2000 t...+ [ Read all ]


Jasper Johns: Gray
February 5, 2008–May 4, 2008

Gustave Courbet
February 27, 2008–May 18, 2008

blog.mode: addressing fashion
December 18, 2007–April 13, 2008

Radiance from the Rain Forest: Featherwork in Ancient Peru
February 26, 2008–September 1, 2008

Poussin and Nature: Arcadian Visions
February 12, 2008–May 11, 2008

Beauty and Learning: Korean Painted Screens
March 11, 2008–June 1, 2008

Previous Exhibitions

The Metropolitan Museum presents more than 30 exhibitions each year, representing a wide range of artists, eras, and cultures. Some of the best-known of these have been Treasures of Tutankhamun (1978), The Vatican Collections (1983), Van Gogh in Arles (1984) and Van Gogh in Saint-Rémy and Auvers (1986-87), Degas (1989-90), Mexico: Splendors of Thirty Centuries (1990-91), Seurat (1991-92), Origins of Impressionism (1994-95), Splendors of Imperial China (1996), The Glory of Byzantium (1997), and The Private Collection of Edgar Degas (1997-98).

Forthcoming exhibitions

Jeff Koons on the Roof
April 22, 2008–October 26, 2008 (weather permitting)
Masterpieces of Modern Design: Selections from the Collection
Opens May 2008

Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy
May 7, 2008–September 1, 2008

Medieval and Renaissance Treasures from the Victoria and Albert Museum
May 20, 2008–August 17, 2008

Tiepolo Drawings from the Robert Lehman Collection
Opens May 20, 2008

Framing a Century: Master Photographers, 1840–1940
June 3, 2008–September 1, 2008

Art of the Royal Court: Treasures in Pietre Dure from the Palaces of Europe
July 1, 2008–September 21, 2008

J. M. W. Turner
July 1, 2008–September 21, 2008

Landscapes Clear and Radiant: The Art of Wang Hui (1632–1717)
September 9, 2008–January 4, 2009

Refinement and Elegance: Early Nineteenth-Century Royal Porcelain
September 16, 2008–April 19, 2009

Giorgio Morandi, 1890–1964
September 16, 2008–December 14, 2008

Rhythms of Modern Life: British Prints 1914–1939
September 23, 2008–December 7, 2008

New York, N. Why?: Photographs by Rudy Burckhardt, 1937–1940
September 23, 2008–January 2009

The Essential Art of African Textiles: Design without End
September 30, 2008–March 29, 2009

Beyond Babylon: Art and International Exchange in the Second Millennium B.C.
November 18, 2008–March 15, 2009

Art and Love in Renaissance Italy
November 18, 2008–February 16, 2009

Annual Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche
November 25, 2008–January 6, 2009

Choirs of Angels: Painting in Italian Choir Books, 1300–1500
November 25, 2008–April 12, 2009

Calder Jewelry
December 9, 2008–March 1, 2009

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$20 recommended for adults, $15 recommended for senior citizens (65 and older), $10 recommended for students, includes Main Building and The Cloisters on the same day; free to Members and children under twelve with an adult. To help cover the cost of special exhibitions, for which there is no additional charge or special ticketing, we ask that you please pay the full suggested amount.
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Opening hours

Friday - 9.30 a.m. – 9.00 p.m.
Saturday - 9.30 a.m. – 9.00 p.m.
Sunday - 9.30 a.m. – 9.00 p.m.
Monday - CLOSED
Tuesday - 9.30 a.m. – 9.00 p.m.
Wednesday - 9.30 a.m. – 9.00 p.m
Thursday - 9.30 a.m. – 9.00 p.m
Closed Mondays (except as listed below), January 1, Thanksgiving Day, December 25
Galleries are cleared at 5:15 p.m., Sunday–Thursday, and 8:45 p.m., Friday and Saturday
The Main Building of the Metropolitan Museum—its galleries, public restaurants, and shops—will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the following Met Holiday Mondays:
• Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: January 15, 2007
• Presidents' Day: February 19, 2007
• Memorial Day: May 28, 2007
• Independence Day Weekend: July 2, 2007
• Labor Day: September 3, 2007
• Columbus Day: October 8, 2007

Getting there

Directions to Main Building
By Subway/Bus
From The Cloisters: Take the M4 bus directly to 82nd Street and Fifth Avenue.
From East Side of Manhattan: Take the 6 train to 86th Street and walk three blocks west to Fifth Avenue; or take the M1, M2, M3, or M4 bus along Fifth Avenue (from uptown locations) to 82nd Street or along Madison Avenue (from downtown locations) to 83rd Street.
From West Side of Manhattan: Take the 1 train to 86th Street, then the M86 crosstown bus across Central Park to Fifth Avenue.
From Penn Station: Take the M4 bus to 83rd Street and Madison Avenue.
See the MTA website for
By Car
From The Cloisters, Bronx, Northern New Jersey, and New England: Take southbound Henry Hudson Parkway to 96th Street exit; cross Central Park and turn right on Fifth Avenue; enter Museum parking garage at 80th Street.
From Brooklyn and Staten Island: Take Williamsburg Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge, or Battery Tunnel to northbound/uptown FDR Drive; exit at 96th Street; turn left on York Avenue; turn right on 86th Street; turn left on Fifth Avenue and enter Museum parking garage at 80th Street.
From Southern New Jersey: Take New Jersey Turnpike to Holland Tunnel–Uptown exit; northbound Hudson Street becomes Eighth Avenue, which becomes Central Park West; at 86th Street, turn right and cross Central Park; turn right on Fifth Avenue and enter Museum parking garage at 80th Street.
From Bronx, Queens, Long Island, Upstate New York, and New England via Triborough Bridge: Take southbound/downtown FDR Drive to 96th Street exit; turn left on York Avenue; turn right on 86th Street; turn left on Fifth Avenue and enter Museum pa...+ [ Read all ]


The Museum parking garage, located at Fifth Avenue and 80th Street, is open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. To receive a discount, Museum visitors must have their tickets validated at the Uris Center Information Desk near the Museum entrance at 81st Street. With a validated ticket, the fee is $15 for one hour, $18 for two hours, $23 for three hours, $26 for five hours, and $35 for five to ten hours. The maximum fee to 12:00 a.m. is $40. Without a validated ticket, the fee is $17 for one hour, $22 for two hours, $27 for three hours, $30 for five hours, and $35 for five to ten hours. The maximum fee to 12:00 a.m. is $40. For more information, please call 212-879-5500.
Designated spaces are available in the parking garage for visitors with disabilities. The clearance is six feet, six inches (6' 6"). Alternate arrangements can be made in advance for visitors with disabilities traveling in oversized vehicles. Please call 212-879-5500, ext. 3561 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Bicycle racks are provided inside the garage for use during regular Museum hours only. Bicycles are parked at the owner's risk; the Museum can accept no responsibility for vandalism or theft.
Street-level entrances are at Fifth Avenue and 81st Street and at the Museum Parking Garage at Fifth Avenue and 80th Street. Wheelchairs are available free of charge at coat-check areas on a first-come, first-served basis. The Museum is accessible to wheelchair users.
Public Telephones
Assistive Listening Devices are available in limited FM supply for Museum tours. The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium is equipped with an infrared sound enhancement system (headsets and neck loop...+ [ Read all ]

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The Museum offers a broad spectrum of educational programming for all of its audiences, including guided tours in several languages, gallery talks, lectures, and films for adults as well as many activities for families and students. Almost all of these programs are free with Museum admission.


Advance reservations are required for all groups of ten or more adults, or ten or more students with chaperones.
To purchase admission in advance, the Museum offers Guest Passes to individuals or organizations for $20 each or for a discounted rate of $16 each when ten or more passes are purchased. To purchase Guest Passes by telephone, please call 212-570-3711, Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Or, , by fax or mail.


Family programs, publications, and electronic materials are undergoing a period of intense experimentation at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, with the goal of creating a rich learning experience for all families who visit the Museum.


The Metropolitan Museum of Art welcomes students to a program of free classes held after school and on weekends. Both middle school and high school students have the rare and special opportunity to study original works of art in the Museum with instructors from the Education Department. All classes ask students to be active participants in understanding and appreciating works of art, and to look and respond through discussion in the galleries or through the creation of their own works of art in the studio.


Admission buttons are available at the Membership Desk in the Great Hall. A discount of 10% is available on all merchandise in the Met Store with a valid Member ID card. For more information about the benefits of joining the Museum, see