The Metropolitan Museum

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General Information

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is an art museum in New York City, USA.  The museum is the largest art museum in the United States, it was founded in 1870 and opened in 1872. The original museum opened on Fifth Avenue where it is housed now on ‘Museum Mile’ on the eastern edge of Central Park but the museum also has some sub-buildings around New York. The museum is known for its extensive collection of around 2 million pieces, which are separated into 17 departments. The museum's permanent collection contains works of art from Ancient Egypt, sculptures and paintings from all the well known European artists, American Modern Art as well as African, Asian, Indian and Islamic art. The museum also holds an extensive collection of musical instruments as well as armour and weapons from across the world.

Getting there

The closest subway station to the museum is a few blocks away, take the 4, 5 or 6 trains to ‘86th street’ and then it is a 10-minute walk from there. Buses also run to the museum take the M1, M2, M3 or M4 buses.

Opening Times and Admission

The museum is busy all days of the year being one of the most visited museums in the world, so it is advised to research the museum beforehand to get an idea of the art you must see. The museum is open seven days a week, with it being open from 10am-5.30pm Sunday to Thursday and 10am-9pm on Friday and Saturdays. Admission to the museum is suggested at 25$ for Adults but free for children and discounted seniors and students, note these are suggested prices; the amount you pay is up to you but if you book in advance online you are agreeing to pay the suggested price. The museum has audio guides available at a rent price of 7$. The museum has various restaurants and cafes.

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