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Metropolitan Museum of Art, {CATEGORY}

Any visitor to the "Big Apple" should spend at least a couple of hours at this vast museum. Designed by Richard Morris Hunt, it has more than 1.5 million square feet of exhibition space. European paintings on display include works by Monet, Degas, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Titian and Vermeer. The Egyptian gallery is unparalleled. Asian art, sculpture, armory, and photography also vie for your attention. During warm weather, the open-air roof garden displays contemporary sculpture. See their website for exhibition schedule, membership details, complete visitor details and especially Met Holiday Mondays.

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Address: 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10028-0113

City: New York City

State: New York (NY)

Country: United States

Phone 1: +1 212 535 7710

Email: education@metmuseum.org

Official site: www.metmuseum.org

Opening hours: Sun, holiday Mon (Memorial Day, Labor Day, and so forth), and Tues-Thurs 9:30am-5:30pm. Fri-Sat 9:30am-9pm

Entrance fee: Suggested admission (includes same-day entrance to the Cloisters) $20 adults, $15 seniors and $10 students, free for children 11 and under when accompanied by an adult

Access by subway: Subway 4, 5, 6 to 86th St

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Metropolitan Museum of Art, {CATEGORY}

Home of blockbuster after blockbuster, the Metropolitan Museum of Art attracts some five million people a year, more than any other spot in New York City. And it's no wonder - this place is magnificent. At 1.6 million square feet, this is the largest museum in the Western Hemisphere. Nearly all the world's cultures are on display through the ages - from Egyptian mummies to ancient Greek statuary to Islamic carvings to Renaissance paintings to Native American masks to 20th-century decorative arts - and masterpieces are the rule. You could go once a week for a lifetime and still find something new on each visit. So unless you plan on spending your entire vacation in the museum (some people do), you cannot see the entire collection. My recommendation is to give it a good day - or better yet, 2 half-days so you don't burn out. One good way to get an overview is to take advantage of the little-known Museum Highlights Tour, offered every day at various times throughout the day (usually between 10:15am and 3:15pm, tours also offered in Spanish, Italian, German, and Korean). Even some New Yorkers who've spent many hours in the museum could profit from this once-over. Visit the museum's website for a schedule of this and subject-specific walking tours (Old Masters Paintings, American Period Rooms, Arts of China, Islamic Art, and so on), you can also get a schedule of the day's tours at the Visitor Services desk when you arrive. A daily schedule of Gallery Talks is available as well. The least overwhelming way to see the Met on your own is to pick up a map at the round desk in the entry hall and choose to concentrate on what you like, whether it's 17th-century paintings, American furniture, or the art of the South Pacific. Highlights include the American Wing's Garden Court, with its 19th-century sculpture, the terrific ground-level Costume Hall, and the Frank Lloyd Wright room. The beautifully renovated Roman and Greek galleries are overwhelming, but in a marvelous way, as are the collections of Byzantine Art and later Chinese art. The highlight of the Egyptian collection is the Temple of Dendur, in a dramatic, purpose-built glass-walled gallery with Central Park views. The Greek Galleries, which at last fully realize McKim, Mead & White's grand neoclassical plans of 1917, and the Ancient Near East Galleries, are particularly of note. But it all depends on what your interests are. Special exhibitions can range from "Orazio and Artemisia Gentileschi: Father and Daughter Painters in Baroque Italy" to "Earthly Bodies: Irving Penn's Nudes, 19-50". The Greek and Roman galleries reopened in the spring of 2007 after a $220-million renovation redesigned and expanded the galleries to 57,000 square feet. The galleries now exhibit ancient artifacts that had been in storage, including 30,000 feet of the square footage devoted to Roman collections. The Met now opens on "holiday Mondays". On those Mondays, such as Memorial Day or Labor Day, the museum is open from 9:30am to 5:30pm. To purchase tickets for concerts and lectures, call tel. 212/570-39 (Mon-Sat 9:30am-5pm). The museum contains several dining facilities, including a full-service restaurant serving Continental cuisine (tel. 212/570-3964 for reservations). The roof garden is worth visiting if you're here from spring to autumn, offering peaceful views over Central Park and the city. I think its gift shop - though "shop" seems a bit pedestrian here - is the best of any museum in New York - by a long shot. The Met sells wonderful reproductions of its jewelry, statuettes, and fabrics (for scarves) among many other items, that are not only elegant but also quite fairly priced. (The prices can be high in the Boutique, which is separate from the main gift shop. But all the jewelry is stunning). The bookstore, which is part of the gift shop, is equally wonderful. It's chock-full of books on every artist, era, and style of art imaginable. It also has a superb, wide-ranging array of books about New York City. Stop in. You won't regret it. And you don't need to pay admission to the museum to get in to the gift shop/book store. The Met's medieval collections are in upper Manhattan at the Cloisters. Publisher's Choice: The Heart of the Andes. - Frommer's Associate Publisher Ensley Eikenburg is a docent at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. We asked her to choose a favorite artwork and comment on it. Ensley replies: "The Heart of the Andes by Frederic Edwin Church, one the mainstays of the Met's sizable Hudson River School collection, is back on view in the newly renovated American Wing Galleries. Take your time with this epic landscape and you'll notice that Church has crammed every type of natural element he can think of into his canvas - from the monumental Mount Chimborazo in the background to the infinitesimal spider's nest in the lower right hand corner. When the painting was first exhibited in 1859, 13,000 New Yorkers paid 25 cents to see what Ecuador looked like in full color. Think of it as the 19th century's answer to the Discovery Channel. Today it's an American masterpiece that you can spend hours traveling through". Evenings at the Met - On Friday and Saturday evenings, the Met remains open late not only for art viewing but also for cocktails in the Great Hall Balcony Bar (5-8pm) and classical music from a string ensemble. A slate of after-hours programs (gallery talks, walking tours, family programs) changes by the week, call for the current schedule. The restaurant stays open until 10pm (last reservation at 8:30pm), and dinner is usually accompanied by piano music.

Metropolitan Museum of Art, {CATEGORY}

Any visitor to the "Big Apple" should spend at least a couple of hours at this vast museum. Designed by Richard Morris Hunt, it has more than 1.5 million square feet of exhibition space. European paintings on display include works by Monet, Degas, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Titian and Vermeer. The Egyptian gallery is unparalleled. Asian art, sculpture, armory, and photography also vie for your attention. During warm weather, the open-air roof garden displays contemporary sculpture. See their website for exhibition schedule, membership details, complete visitor details and especially Met Holiday Mondays.

Metropolitan Museum of Art, {CATEGORY}

Any visitor to the "Big Apple" should spend at least a couple of hours at this vast museum. Designed by Richard Morris Hunt, it has more than 1.5 million square feet of exhibition space. European paintings on display include works by Monet, Degas, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Titian and Vermeer. The Egyptian gallery is unparalleled. Asian art, sculpture, armory, and photography also vie for your attention. During warm weather, the open-air roof garden displays contemporary sculpture. See their website for exhibition schedule, membership details, complete visitor details and especially Met Holiday Mondays.

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