The Travel Book – American Diaries Special – Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

If you go to New York City then there is one Museum that you have to put on your list of places to visit because it is amazing. Out of all the museums that I visited when I lived in New York this is one of the main ones that sticks in my mind because it was so big and really impressive.

The Met is the largest museum in the United States and the fourth most visited in the world. The museum has approximately just over 7 million visitors a year and it contains over two million pieces of art where some of it date back to 5,000 years ago. The museum is set across three locations – The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer and The Met Cloisters, when you buy a ticket you can use it in all three locations for three days. In this article we are going to focus on The Met in Fifth Avenue because it is the only one that I have personally visited.

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‘Mobile’ (1941) by Alexander Calder

The Met is open seven days a week at different times and has been located in Central Park since 1880 and over that time is has expanded to cover two million square feet. Whilst it has a lot of regular exhibitions it also has some that are there for a temporary amount of time. Some of the most famous art that is on display at the Met include ‘Self Portrait with a Straw Hat’ (1887) by Vincent Van Gogh, ‘Bridge Over A Pond Of Water Lilies’ (1899) by Claude Monet, ‘Mobile’ (1941) by Alexander Calder and ‘The Attitudes of Animals in Motion’ (1881) by Edweard Muybridge just to name a few.

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I remember visiting the museum when I lived in New York in 2010 and was amazed at just how big it was. The problem was by the time I had got to this museum I had already walked all of Bronx Zoo for three hours and then walked a lot of NYC so by the time I walked around here I was shattered and had already walked a good 9 miles or so. The museum really impressed me and i ended up walking the whole way through it although I wish I had more energy because it really was absolutely stunning. I highly recommend going to this.

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