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.
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!
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.
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.