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Home to more than 2 million works of art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of New York City’s most visited attractions. More than 5 million art lovers from around the world pass through the museum’s doors every year.
The museum appeals to everyone with paintings by Picasso, Toulouse-Lautrec and Rembrandt among many others, to delicate stained glass art by Tiffany, ancient Egyptian vases, musical instruments, medieval weapons, Roman marble statues and much, much more!
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is located on 1000 Fifth Avenue and 82nd Street. The nearest subways are trains 4, 5 or 6 to 86th Street. From the subway exit visitors should head west to 5th Avenue and then south again towards 82nd Street.
Children can enter the museum for free, provided they are accompanied by a paying adult. Admission costs $20 per adult, $15 for seniors and $10 for students. The museum is closed on Mondays, but opens Tuesdays to Thursdays and on Sundays from 09.30 am to 05.30 pm; on Fridays and Saturdays from 09.30 am to 09.00 pm. A guided Highlights Tour takes one hour and comes free with the admission fee, but it also possible to hire an audio guide and head out for a marvellous tour into the amazing world of art on one’s own.
The museum displays works of art dating back some 300,000 years into human history. At the Cloisters museum and gardens, which are part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, visitors can study the artefacts and architecture of medieval Europe with exhibits dating back to the ninth through to the sixteenth century. The enclosed Medieval Garden is a place of quiet contemplation. The cloisters are located in Fort Tyron Park in the north of Manhattan.
Visitors should take either the bus or subway train A to 190th Street and exit the station via the elevator. A short 10 minute walk in a northerly direction along Margaret Corbin Drive will take visitors to 99 Margaret Corbin Drive, where the Cloisters can be found. It is also possible to board the M4 bus outside the Metropolitan Museum at Madison Avenue and 83rd Street. The Cloisters is the final stop.
Art lovers might consider booking a room in one of the many hotels near the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It is impossible to see all the collections and temporary exhibitions in two days, let alone one short visit. Why not combine the hotel with a first rate restaurant? There are several good hotels on 76th and 77th Street as well as on 5th Avenue itself, some of which have award winning restaurants, where one can sample New York’s famous cuisine.
The museum also stages a number of events throughout the year such as family programmes, concerts, films and lectures. The museum shop provides gift ideas like best-selling books, jewellery, silk shawls, watches, wall art, sculptures, stationery and accessories, that are as beautiful as they are unusual.
Tourists arriving at John F Kennedy Airport should take the AirTrain from terminal 4 and head to Grand Central Station from where subway services can be taken to the museums. It is also possible to hire a car from one of the car hire rental stations at the airport. Free parking is available at Fort Tryon Park.