The Metropolitan Museum of Art (colloquially The Met) is grandiose in every sense of the word. The main building is located on the eastern edge of Central Park, along Manhattan’s Museum Mile, spans almost quarter of a mile long and occupies more than 2,000,000 square feet. Head indoors and see a permanent collection that contains more than two million works, divided into nineteen curatorial departments. That or a once-in-a-lifetime exhibit like the drawings (not paintings) of Van Gogh, a conceptual art show by John Baldessari or the Romantic Sublime of Alexander McQueen’s Savage Beauty. From 6 – 8pm on Friday and Saturday nights, you can also enjoy a classical string quartet above the Great Hall. The atmosphere is magical and it doesn’t get more quintessentially New York. During the summer, make sure to check out the martini bar (and stars) on the Roof Garden Café.
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The Met is always an exploration. So many different worlds they can deliver. The McQueen exhibit was priceless.
I go alone at off-peak times so I can wallow through at my own pace.
The sculpture & art garden on the roof of the Met is great
The permanent collections of the MoMA and the Met will never disappoint.
You can literally go there every day for a year and see something new every time.
There's nothing I like more than a day to myself at The Met. It's places like these in the city that I wish to frequent more, and there's nothing like being alone with your thoughts in an incredibly inspiring building.