The majestic Metropolitan Museum of Art sits on Museum Mile along 5th Avenue among a slew of high-end homes. The Met, as it is colloquially known, is the largest museum in the United States and the fourth most-visited globally.
The building devotes a span of two million square feet to its permanent collection. Fifteen departments, such as Greek and Roman, Asian, and Egyptian exhibitions, divide the collections. The collections span 5,000 years of various cultures and time periods. Most visitors and tourists find that it is nearly impossible to see all of the Met Museum’s offerings in one trip, making it a great destination for return visits.
Visitors are often quick to recognize the building. To each side of the building lies a magnificent fountain. The Met stands proud, characterized by its strong white pillars and ascending staircase. For some, the ascending stairs symbolize that all visitors and tourists have to make the climb to intellectual elevation, that intellect and intelligence and knowledge are forms of enlightenment and those who want to pursue it must ascend to a level higher than themselves. The Met is a main pillar of intellectual expansion and historical resonance in New York City.
Along with its main location, the Met also owns two smaller complexes nearby. The Met Breuer, on the upper East Side, interprets contemporary art using a historical lens. The Met Cloisters in uptown Manhattan is situated inside a garden and displays a myriad of medieval artworks. Staff members conduct tours at all three sites, as well as special affairs and performances, some of which are interactive.
The more enthusiastic visitors and tourists can purchase a ticket to tour the museum before it opens up to the public.