The Metropolitan Museum of Art
It would take weeks to see all the treasures of this museum. It houses one of the greatest collections of the Western world and spans 5,000 years of culture

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This place is great to stop by after a stroll in Central Park. It is near the metro. I came here around 11am, but the line was too long, weather too cold, and I was too hungry to wait in line. If you want to skip all lines, then buy the tickets online for the recommended price. If not, then you can donate any amount at the door (I paid $1) after waiting in line. I went a second time at 4pm and there was no line. The staff didn't care how much I paid. There was an extensive Michelangelo exhibit available as well as some really mind blowing artwork from Rodin. I've been to Louvre, London National Gallery, the Vatican, and El Prado. I can definitely say that for the low entry price, it is definitely worth visiting. Plenty of worthy art to see.

Best museum in NYC. So much to see in one day that the best thing would be to come early and leave at closing. I would recommend visiting the big exhibits first than move to the smaller exhibits. If you drive into the garage, you will be able to purchase a ticket in the basement. The lines usually move faster in the basement. The recommended price is $25 for residents of NY but you can give whatever you want. For everyone else you will have to pay $25. TIP: If you plan on visiting multiple times it might be worth getting a membership.

Excursions to the Metropolitan in Russian Of course the Metropolitan is a huge museum. You can not bypass the day. But you can get free excursions, which are held in the museum not only in English, but in nine languages, including Russian. You can find information about excursions on the museum's website. But, usually, they take place on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 12:30. Stunningly interesting excursions. The best way to get acquainted with the museum. With very different eyes, we looked at this unique collection of works of art brought from all over the world.

The Met presents over 5,000 years of art from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy. The Museum lives in three iconic sites in New York City—The Met Fifth Avenue. The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded on April 13, 1870, "to be located in the City of New York, for the purpose of establishing and maintaining in said city a Museum and library of art, of encouraging and developing the study of the fine arts, and the application of arts to manufacture and practical life, of advancing the general knowledge of kindred subjects, and, to that end, of furnishing popular instruction." Since it was founded in 1870, The Met has always aspired to be more than a treasury of rare and beautiful objects. Every day, art comes alive in the Museum's galleries and through its exhibitions and events, revealing both new ideas and unexpected connections across time and across cultures. On January 13, 2015, the Trustees of The Metropolitan Museum of Art reaffirmed this statement of purpose and supplemented it with the following statement of mission: The Metropolitan Museum of Art collects, studies, conserves, and presents significant works of art across all times and cultures in order to connect people to creativity, knowledge, and ideas.

I love the Met. Right now it is pay what you will, but keep in mind that after March 1, 2018 the entrance fee for folks not from NY State will be $25. They have great special exhibits - I recently went to see a Michelangelo exhibit that was wondrous and a John Hockney exhibit. The Costume Institute regularly puts on fantastic shows - just stuff that you would never see anywhere else and even if you think you won't dig it -you do. Check in advance to see what is being shown so that you don't go before it opens or after it closes. The collection - not the special exhibits - is breathtaking in its depth and breadth. From an Egyptian Temple to baseball cards, from Washington Crossing the Delaware to Japanese ukiyo-e prints, there is really something for everyone. A couple of quick thoughts. You can spend the day here, but it is exhausting. Consider taking in an exhibit or two then having lunch (they have a cafeteria that is a little expensive but tasty) and then viewing some more. Take your time. Look at some of the videos that the museum has made (especially the ones where artists talk about the museum's collection) to get an idea of what you want to see. One drawback is that the museum gets super crowded on holiday weekends. There is an entrance at the far left of the museum by the parking area that is usually a faster way to get in than the front entrance.

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