Metropolitan Museum of Art

Major art museum in New York City, United States

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Entrance facade
EstablishedApril 13, 1870; 150 years ago (April 13, 1870)[2][3][4]
Location1000 Fifth Avenue
New York City 10028
Coordinates40°46′46″N 73°57′47″W / 40.7794°N 73.9631°W / 40.7794; -73.9631Coordinates: 40°46′46″N 73°57′47″W / 40.7794°N 73.9631°W / 40.7794; -73.9631
Collection size2 million[1]
Visitors6,479,548 (2019)[5]
DirectorMax Hollein
Public transit accessSubway: "4" train"5" train"6" train"6" express train at 86th Street
"6" train"6" express train​ at 77th Street
Bus: M1, M2, M3, M4, M79, M86 SBS
Websitewww.metmuseum.org
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Built1874; 146 years ago (1874)
ArchitectRichard Morris Hunt; also Calvert Vaux; Jacob Wrey Mould
Architectural styleBeaux-Arts
NRHP reference No.86003556
Significant dates
Added to NRHPJanuary 29, 1972[8]
Designated NHLJune 24, 1986[9][10]
Designated NYCLJune 9, 1967 (exterior)[6]
November 19, 1977 (interior)[7]

The Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York City, colloquially "the Met",[a] is the largest art museum in the United States. With 6,479,548 visitors to its three locations in 2019, it was the fourth most visited art museum in the world.[11] Its permanent collection contains over two million works,[12] divided among 17 curatorial departments. The main building at 1000 Fifth Avenue, along the Museum Mile on the eastern edge of Central Park in Manhattan's Upper East Side, is by area one of the world's largest art galleries. A much smaller second location, The Cloisters at Fort Tryon Park in Upper Manhattan, contains an extensive collection of art, architecture, and artifacts from medieval Europe. On March 18, 2016, the museum opened the Met Breuer museum along Madison Avenue on the Upper East Side; it extends the museum's modern and contemporary art program.

The permanent collection consists of works of art from classical antiquity and ancient Egypt, paintings, and sculptures from nearly all the European masters, and an extensive collection of American and modern art. The Met maintains extensive holdings of African, Asian, Oceanian, Byzantine, and Islamic art. The museum is home to encyclopedic collections of musical instruments, costumes, and accessories, as well as antique weapons and armor from around the world. Several notable interiors, ranging from 1st-century Rome through modern American design, are installed in its galleries.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded in 1870 for the purposes of opening a museum to bring art and art education to the American people. The Fifth Avenue building opened on February 20, 1872, at 681 Fifth Avenue.

  1. ^ "Metropolitan Museum Launches New and Expanded Web Site" Archived November 28, 2016, at the Wayback Machine, press release, The Met, January 25, 2000
  2. ^ "Today in Met History: April 13". The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Archived from the original on January 17, 2015. Retrieved January 16, 2015.
  3. ^ "The Metropolitan Museum of Art: About". Artinfo. 2008. Archived from the original on September 26, 2011. Retrieved February 18, 2013. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. ^ Cite error: The named reference Met History was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  5. ^ The Art Newspaper List of most visited art museums, 9 April 2020
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  8. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. January 23, 2007.
  9. ^ "Metropolitan Museum of Art". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Archived from the original on October 9, 2012. Retrieved February 18, 2013.
  10. ^ "A New Strategy at The Met". Archived from the original on March 22, 2017. Retrieved March 22, 2017.
  11. ^ The Art Newspaper, April 2020
  12. ^ "Metropolitan Museum Launches New and Expanded Web Site" Archived November 28, 2016, at the Wayback Machine, press release, The Met, January 25, 2000


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