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Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Metropolitan Museum of Art

We are doing a quick one day trip to NYC in November and want to focus on the Met Museum of Art. Their website is not that helpful. Any famous collections there which are a must see?

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I've just gone to the website, and if you click on Visit and scroll down to Suggested Itineraries, that might be a good start.

It all depends on your personal likes. My must sees are the Costume Institute, Musical Instruments and Modern & Contemporary Art.

And of course a visit to the MET Shop!


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The Met is the largest art museum in the Western Hemisphere. Art is about you and not about it. It is not necessarily the place to tick a Mona Lisa off of your list. The website is quite helpful. Here are some pieces that might help you.




You can spend weeks at the Met so do some exploring up front on the website (and check the calendar for the day you are here in November) and focus on the areas that interest you.

Have fun!


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"Any famous collections there which are a must see?"

That probably differs from person to person based on their interests.

I can't usually stand more than 3 hours in a big museum so I try to maximize time and know what I want to see before I go there.

The Egyptian Collection at the Met is wonderful. The very famous Egyptian Temple was lifted right out of Egypt and there is a neat story as to how it made its way into the museum. Great for someone who's never been to Egypt or seen any large scale Egyptian collections in any other museum. The Roman/Greek sculptures are a very nice collection and probably a "must" for someone who has never been to Europe and seen some of the more famous one's up close. Upstairs the collections from Asia are really great and the collection of paintings from the famous like Van Gogh, Monet, Manet, Renoir, Matisse, Picasso, etc. is something I always like to see.

My strategy that I share with others who have never been is to start with those collections. You can spend all day in a place like the MET so you just have to pick and choose what interests you. The Met's website is wonderful and you can look at a map and explore the collections that most interest you. When you look at the map of the museum you can click on each room and see pictures of the art in that room. Pretty Cool.

Here is an example of Gallery 206 in the Asian Collection: metmuseum.org/collections/galleries/asian/206

My strategy for first timers who only want to spend 3 hours or so there:

Start by going to the Egyptian Collection (right from the entrance) ending at the temple. Don't linger at everything or you won't have time to see the rest. Exit from the temple in the rear left and walk clear across the museum past the American Wing Cafe, through some of the medieval art, through some of the European Sculpture and Decorative Art, into the Arts of the Oceania, Africa, & Americas - all looking at things along the way. From there go left making your way into the Greek & Roman Art. Spend some time here looking at things and eventually make your way upstairs. If you enter some of the stairs in the Roman/Greek Collection near the entrance of the museum you'll find yourself in the Ancient Near Eastern Art. Next door to this collection is the 19th and 20th century European Paintings & Sculpture. A lot of famous works you'd probably recognize. If there's time after exploring this area you can slightly backtrack through the Ancient Near Eastern Art and be in the Great Hall and move across to the other side and enter the Asian collection which has some fabulous things.

Just an idea for you. It may not be your cup of tea!

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this museum has the largest collection of Vermeer paintings, five of them, and - until the end of the month and on loan also The Milkmaid, one of his most renowned efforts.

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All that said, we like to track the “events” calendar. Most of the talks and tours are free (i.e., with admission):


Hope this helps. Your questions are always welcome.



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Another way to think of it:

1. Is there are particular era or kind of art you enjoy? (ancient, medieval, baroque, American, Asian, Roman).

2. Another thought is you might rather see other things than paintings, esp. large installations. For example, there is a Chinese Scholar Garden, The Temple of Dendur, American Wing, Frank Lloyd Room (one of my favs).

3. or by item/collection, such as Arts & Armor, Musical Instruments, Costumes, Furniture.

4. Or "Suggested Itineraries" on Met Museum site:


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