The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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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What the locals are saying
SETH WEISSER Co-Founder, What Goes Around Comes Around

The Met is always an exploration. So many different worlds they can deliver. The McQueen exhibit was priceless.

Hannah Elliott Columnist, Bloomberg Luxury

I go alone at off-peak times so I can wallow through at my own pace.

Lizzie Fortunato Designer and Co-Founder, Lizzie Fortunato Jewels

The sculpture & art garden on the roof of the Met is great

Prince Language DJ, Producer, Poet, & Publisher

The permanent collections of the MoMA and the Met will never disappoint.

AndrewAndrew Everything except artist

You can literally go there every day for a year and see something new every time.

Heidi Mount Model

It's so classic, you can spend forever there and still find something new.

Yale Breslin Journalist

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.

Maxwell Osborne Designer and Co-Founder, Public School

Dexter Love DJ/Producer

I loved the recent exhibition

Yara Flinn Designer

My favorite museum in the world (so far) is the Met.