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The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest art museum in the USA and the third most-visited art museum in the world. Home to paintings, sculptures, ceramics, furniture, arms and armor, and musical instruments from the classical era to the modern day and from every corner of the globe, there’s something here to entice every art-lover. Take a guided tour to make sure you don’t miss any of the highlights!
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4 tips for visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Photo: Robert Bye, Art gallery with glass ceilings - Unsplash
The Met is a popular destination for local New Yorkers, so it can get extremely busy at the weekends! If you have the chance then try to visit during the week.
Photo: Lydia Liu, View of Central Park from the Met’s Rooftop - Creative Commons Attribution 2.0
If your visit is during the warmer months of the year, then make sure to head to the roof of the Met. Each year there’s a new exhibition from a contemporary artist, and with a rooftop bar and great views of the city, there’s no excuse not to visit!
For those who want to grab a bite to eat, The Met Fifth Avenue has 8 bars, cafeterias, and restaurants to choose from, The Met Breuer has a bar and a cafe, and The Met Cloisters has an outdoor cafe where you can enjoy the gardens.
If you’re afraid of getting lost in the endless galleries of the Met, try downloading the Met app! Not only does it include a map, but it also includes the audio guide, free of charge.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s there to see in the Met?

You could easily lose yourself in the Met for several days, there’s that much to see! On the first floor alone you’ll find Greek and Roman art, Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, Medieval Art, Arms and Armor, Egyptian Art, and the American Wing. On the other floors, you’ll find Asian Art, European Paintings, a collection of musical instruments, and a roof garden which is home to exhibitions from contemporary artists throughout the summer months. Read more.

So what’s the deal with the Met Breuer and the Met Cloisters?

The Met Cloisters is a beautiful building comprising a set of four cloisters from France, dismantled and rebuilt in Fort Tryon Park. Keeping in theme with the buildings, the museum specializes in the art, architecture, and gardens of medieval Europe. If you’re looking for a more restful experience, visit the Met Cloisters. The Met Breuer focuses on modern and contemporary art from around the world and is home to temporary exhibitions, performance art, artist residencies, and educational initiatives. If you want something a little less traditional then the Met Breuer is where you want to go! Read more.

How long should I plan for my visit?

It depends on how much you want to see. It might be helpful to take a look at a map of the galleries to see which ones you think you’d rather skip, and then you can probably see everything you’d like to see in a couple of hours. If you want to see everything, then take a whole day! Make sure to take a break for lunch, and if you find yourself getting fatigued then you can leave the museum and re-enter using the same ticket later that day, or on the next two days. Read more.

Can I sketch inside the Met?

You can sketch inside the Met, provided that you only use pencil and paper. The gallery asks that visitors who want to sketch should try not to be in the way of other visitors passing through the galleries, and to be aware that certain special exhibitions may not permit visitors to sketch. The museum reserves the right to change its policy on sketching on days when museum attendance is extremely high. Read more.

General information

opening hours

The Met Fifth Avenue is open from Sunday to Thursday from 10 am to 5.30 pm, and on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am to 9 pm. The gallery is closed on Thanksgiving day, December 25, January 1, and the first Monday in May.


General admission is $25 for adults, $17 for seniors (65+), and $12 for students. Entry includes all exhibitions and tickets are valid for 3 consecutive days at The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters. Children under the age of 12 can enter free of charge. Residents of New York and students studying at New York, New Jersey or Connecticut universities can decide how much to pay for their tickets when they present a valid ID at the ticket desk.


The Met Fifth Avenue
1000 5th Ave
New York, NY 10028

how to get there

The Met Fifth Avenue is accessible via subway lines 4, 5, and 6 from the East Side of Manhattan, and via the 1 line from the West Side of Manhattan. It is also served by bus numbers M1, M2, M3, M4, M79, and M86.


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Bags will be searched prior to entry, please be aware that only bottles of water are permitted into the museum, no other food and drink is allowed. A free coat check is available to visitors, please be aware that oversized backpacks and luggage cannot be left at the coat check.


The Met Fifth Avenue is accessible to wheelchair users, and visitors may use manual and electric wheelchairs and mobility scooters in all areas open to public pedestrian use. Manual wheelchairs can be borrowed from the coat check at the 81st Street entrance. Service animals are welcome in the museum. Assistive listening devices are provided at a number of events and can be requested for other tours and programs. American Sign Language interpretation is available free of charge for guided tours or museum events with two week’s notice. Audio guide players are available free of charge for visitors who are blind, partially-sighted, or hard-of-hearing. Specially designed tours are available for visitors who are blind or partially-sighted, visitors who are deaf or who have hearing loss, who are on the autism spectrum or who have developmental disabilities, and for visitors who have dementia.
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