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BEFORE YOU GO TO THE MUSEUM
The extraordinary Metropolitan Museum of Art is located at 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028. Hours may vary, so please check before planning your visit. Times have changed and you cannot walk into the museum and get your tickets for the day as you did before. There are now timed tickets, it is best to purchase online before you go. General Admission Tickets are $25 for adults; $17 for seniors; $12 for students. Free for Members, Patrons, and children under 12. I think the best times to visit is in the morning when they open or before closing. Social distancing and masks are required during your visit.
I had to decide if I wanted to drive into New York or take public transportation. I was taking my children and thought it would be safer for us to drive in. I knew parking would be a bit pricy, I did some research on different garages and places to park nearby. If you put the destination in Google maps a list of places to park will come up. I choose ParkWhiz and although they have mixed reviews, we had a great experience, and the cost was low. I scheduled three hours to park, I should have scheduled longer but will next time.
We parked two blocks away from the museum, so walking was not a big problem. Wearing comfortable shoes is highly recommended. There is no coat check, so I brought a tote bag to place my coat in. It was a warm day in October, so we all had thin jackets. We took some water due to all the walking we would be doing. There is a restaurant in the museum to eat at.
THE EXHIBITS TO EXPLORE
The Metropolitan Museum of Art was the idea of prominent lawyer John Jay. With a group of friends, he incorporated the museum in 1870 at its first location on Fifth Avenue and 54th Street. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is recognized as one of the great art galleries of the world.
I suggest getting a map and plan the exhibits you want to visit first. It is like a maze in the museum. Again, we spent three hours here and still did not complete our visit. I have not been to the museum in over 16 years. I think I was more excited than my kids. It felt great introducing them to great art different discoveries found from around the world.
AFRICAN ART AT THE MET
I wanted to be an archeologist and discover magnificent relics of history. Indiana Jones and Lara Croft from Tomb Raider are two of my favorite movies. Yes, I’m a nerd. We stepped back into a time of diverse culture from 3000 B.C.E. to the present. Exhibits include decorative and ceremonial objects, sculptures, images of gods, ancestors, and spirits.
There is currently a fight for control of Africa’s art objects. Museums around the world hold some of Africa’s most treasured artifacts, which were originally stolen during the slave trade and the colonial period. I feel honored to witness these beloved artifacts that show a time in history when my ancestors were a flourishing country.
There is something for everyone to enjoy at the museum. You will be consumed with so much history. You will fall into the minds of the artists and what they were thinking when creating their masterpieces. Sometimes, I wish I can pick up a paintbrush and paint. I love photography; that is my art. But to get a brush and let your hands do all the work is incredible. To have the mind and talent to illustrate your inner thoughts is beyond amazing to me. Words simply cannot describe the feeling I get when I look at these paintings.
The United States was gifted by the Egyptian government, the Temple of Dendur that was built by the Roman emperor Augustus around 15 B.C. to glorify the goddess Isis. The Egyptian exhibit have 39 galleries filled with approximately 26,000 pieces dating all the way back to the Paleolithic period.
There is a collection of Greek and Roman Art from the Neolithic period to the time of the Roman emperor Constantine’s conversion to Christianity in A.D. 312. It includes the art of many cultures and is among the most comprehensive in North America.
ART FOR EVERYONE
There is something for everyone to enjoy at the museum. You will be consumed with so much history and fall into the painting of what the artist was thinking when creating their masterpiece. Sometimes, I wish I can pick up a paintbrush and paint. To get a brush and let your hands do all the work is incredible. To have the mind and talent to illustrate your inner thoughts is beyond amazing to me. Words simply cannot describe the feeling I get when I look at these paintings.
There are many virtual tours if you can not get tout to visit the museum. Take a look at my video of all the beautiful and fascinating painting and sculptures.