The Metropolitan Museum of New York, aka “The Met” is one of the most visited art museum in the world. In 2016, 6.7 million people from 190 countries visited the museum. It houses more than 2 million pieces of art.
But did you know?
- You can travel the world in one day, without leaving New York City. My favorite sections of the Met are: The Egyptian Temple, visible from Central Park through its glass windows (an agreement with the Egyptian government, asking that the temple be visible at any time), the Syrian reception room Ottoman style, the Chinese garden and the ceiling in the Oceania gallery.
- Every week, the residential floral artist produces 5 giant flower arrangements for the Great Hall. I’d love that job!
- The musical instruments collection, recently reopened after years of renovation, includes around 5000 instruments, one of them the oldest surviving piano, from 1720.
- The rooftop offers a gorgeous view over the city, day and night (check opening hours)
- The Met is open until 9pm every Friday and Saturday. Enjoy a cocktail while listening to live music at the Balcony Bar. The food and drinks menu changes with the main collection. If it’s Italian, there will be martinis for example (very good!) and Italian delicacies.
- And last, but not least, I found a polar bear and a palm tree at the Met!
There’s so much more to write about that fantastic museum, but the best is to go there and see its wonders with your own eyes. Enjoy your visit!
Art lover~ly yours,
Author of The Polar Bear and the Palm Tree