Every time we go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art we find tons of new and exciting things to see there that we never saw before. Not just because of the special exhibitions, either. This world-famous New York City attraction features 5,000 years of art, from ancient Egypt to today’s American Pop Art, so don’t expect to experience all that in a single day. The museum spans five city blocks on the east side of Central Park, making Metropolitan Museum of Art one of the largest art museums on the planet.
Did you know you can save on tickets to the Metropolitan Museum of Art? (Skip down for my discount ticket review.) When you order tickets online in advance from our ticket source you can save 10% off the regular price, and skip the line out front. Not a bad deal to see an amazing collection of art from across the globe.
New and notable: The Met Breuer building opens to the public in March 2016. The landmark building designed by Marcel Breuer (Madison Ave. and 75th St.) houses The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s modern and contemporary art program, featuring new exhibitions, performances, artist commissions, and more.
WHAT: Metropolitan Museum of Art, top museum pick in New York City.
WHEN: The museum is open Tuesday through Thursday 9:30am to 5:30pm; Friday and Saturday 9:30am to 9pm; Sunday 9:30am to 5:30pm. Closed Monday.
WHERE: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street, New York, NY 10028.
- Secret Elevator — Although I love walking down the Grand Stairway, if you’re with someone who can’t do stairs, it’s good to know there’s a secret elevator on the second floor just behind the museum’s gift shop.
- Free Audio Guide — You can rent this at the museum, but it’s free to download the Metropolitan Museum of Art audio guide on your smartphone on the museum’s website.
- Free Met Images — The Metropolitan Museum of Art has 400,000 high-res images of their artwork available free online. You can print them free, but they’re only for noncommercial use.
- Movie moment — The remake of the film The Thomas Crown Affair (Pierce Brosnan, Rene Russo) opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art where a Monet painting is mysteriously stolen.
SAVE ON TICKETS: Throughout the year, ticket deals and offers become available from various sources. When they do, I post them in the box below.
DISCOUNT TICKETS: If you’re visiting New York, or a New Yorker entertaining guests from out of town, check out the new combo discount pass for huge savings: Go New York Card with “Build Your Own option (Discount Info). What I like about this pass is you can choose any two or more attractions or activities from 42 things to do in New York City, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The more you choose, the more you save, starting about around 20 percent off. This one is way better than it used to be because you can completely customize it, and you can print-at-home or show on your smart phone.