The Metropolitan Museum of Art (also known as The Met) is the largest art Museum in the United States.
Over 5,000 years’ worth of art, belonging to a variety of cultures and time periods, is displayed at The Met.
MET Museum opened to the public in 1880 and since then has grown to cover a space of more than two million square feet.
In this article, we cover everything you need to know before visiting the MET Museum in New York.
1. How to reach
2. MET hours
3. Best time to visit
4. MET tickets price
5. Met Museum tickets
6. MET guided tours
7. Free entry
8. Audio guide
9. What to see?
10. MET for kids
11. The Met Breuer
12. The Met Cloisters
Met Museum’s location
The official address of the MET Museum is –
1000 5th Avenue,
New York, NY 10028, USA.
Because of its location, The Met is also often referred to as Met Fifth Avenue.
How to reach The Met Museum
Public transport is the best way to get to The MET.
Depending on which side of New York you will be coming from, here is our recommendation.
From East of Manhattan
Take the 4, 5, or 6 subway to 86th Street station on the Second Avenue Line.
From 86th Street Station the Museum is three blocks west to Fifth Avenue – a 10 minutes brisk walk.
If you prefer buses, opt for M1, M2, M3, or M4 bus along Fifth Avenue (from uptown) to 82nd Street.
If you are coming from downtown locations, take the buses along Madison Avenue to 83rd Street.
From West of Manhattan
In this case you have two options.
You can get onto 1 train and get down at the 86th Street station, and then walk the three blocks west to Fifth Avenue Museum.
Or take the M86 crosstown bus which travels across Central Park to Fifth Avenue.
From Penn Station
You can get on the C local train and reach 81st Street station.
From just outside the station you can get on the M79 crosstown bus to reach Fifth Avenue (where the Met Museum is located).
From The Met Cloisters
The best option is to take the M4 bus to the 82nd Street and Fifth Avenue.
The next best public transport option is to take the A train to 125th Street station, then get onto a B or C local train, and get off at 81st Street station.
From just outside 81st Street station you can transfer to the M79 crosstown bus across Central Park to Fifth Avenue.
Parking at The MET
The Met Museum’s parking garage in Fifth Avenue and 80th Street, is open all through the year.
However, since the exit gate is not manned between midnight and 6 am the next day, exiting during this period requires payment by credit or debit card at the automated exit.
Metropolitan Museum of Art hours
MET Museum is open all the days of the week
Monday – Thursday: 10 am to 5:30 pm
On Friday and Saturday, they open at the same time – 10 am, but stretch their closing time to 9 pm to encourage more walk ins.
Sunday working hours
The MET Museum, which is also known as Met Fifth Avenue, is also open on Sundays.
Sunday timings: 10 AM to 5:30 PM
When is MET Museum closed?
This New York Museum is closed on the following special days.
– Thanksgiving Day
– Christmas (December 25)
– New Year (January 1)
– First Monday of May
Best time to visit MET Museum
The MET Museum is one of the few attractions Worldwide to have a Tripadvisor rating of five.
And this is precisely the reason why this New York attraction is always crowded.
If you want to avoid the crowd, the best time to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art is between 4 to 5 pm on Friday or Saturday.
Majority of the visitors are done with their visit by then and you get 4 to 5 hours to explore the MetMuseum.
The next best time to be at the MET Museum is as soon as they open their doors – at 10 am.
When NOT to visit the MET
During school and public holidays, New York parents visit MET Museum with their kids.
This almost doubles the number of visitors on holidays, so stay away.
If for some reason, you have to visit during a school holiday book your MET tickets online to skip the long lines altogether.
Best months to visit MET Museum
The best months for visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art is from the month of May to late October.
Weather around this time is pleasant, allowing you to visit the Roof Garden Café and Martini Bar, located on the 5th floor of the MET Museum.
The top floor provides an astonishing view overlooking the entire Manhattan and its star tourist spot, the Central Park.
From a waiting time perspective, the least crowded months are February and September.
Tip: Thanks to the popularity of The MET, there is always a long line at the ticketing counter. Depending on the time and day, your wait can range from 20 minutes to an hour. That’s why we always recommend that you buy Skip the Line tickets in advance.
MET Museum ticket price
The MET admission price is different for New Yorkers and non-New Yorkers.
Price for non-New Yorkers
Metropolitan Museum’s ticket price for general admission is $25 for adults, $17 for seniors (above 65 years of age), and $12 for students (with valid ID).
Kids 12 years and under enter the Met Museum for free.
With this general admission tickets, one can access all ongoing temporary exhibitions at The MET.
Ticket price for visitors from New York
For New York State residents as well as New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut students, the admission fee you pay is up to you.
The locals can buy their tickets for the Met Museum online or at the Museum admissions desk with a valid ID.
At the time of entry, you must submit one of the following documents as valid ID proof of being a local.
– New York State driver’s license
– New York State identification card
– Current bill or statement with a New York State address
– Student ID
– New York library card
MET Museum tickets
All Metropolitan Museum of Art tickets help you skip the line, and walk right into the Museum.
These are also smartphone tickets, which means the moment you make the purchase they get emailed to you.
One the day of your visit, just show the ticket in your email and walk into the Museum.
While booking your ticket, you can opt for the ‘audio guide’ which costs $7 extra or you can book the cheaper option without the audio guide.
If you are traveling with kids, this audio guide comes in handy for it has an interesting kids tour as well.
Ticket price (without audio guide)
Adult ticket (13 to 64 years): $25
Seniors ticket (65+ years): $17
Student ticket (with valid ID): $12
Ticket price (with audio guide)
Adult ticket (13 to 64 years): $32
Seniors ticket (65+ years): $24
Student ticket (with valid ID): $19
Met Museum guided tours
If you prefer a guide to take you around the Metropolitan Museum of Art, you have the below given options.
1. Met Museum highlights tour
This is a skip the line, two-hour long tour hosted by an English-speaking guide.
If you are the kind that tends to get lost in Museums, or if you prefer to see only the main attractions of a Museum, this tour is perfect for you.
In two hours, the expert guide takes you around the must-Sees of the MET Museum.
Adult ticket (12+ years): 42 USD
Child ticket (4 to 11 years): 34 USD
Infant ticket (0 to 3 years): Free entry
Tip: For those who love art more than the others, expert guides also offer three-hour long guided tours.
2. Semi-private Guided tour
This is a two and a half hours long English tour and the local guide helps you explore the best attractions in The Met.
This is called the semi-private option because the group size is restricted to 6-8 tourists.
This tour needs a minimum of two tourists to start.
Post the tour, you can continue to hang around in the Museum for as long as you want.
Tip: If budget is not an issue, on the ticket booking page you can opt for the ‘Private Tour’ and keep the guide to yourself.
MET Museum for free
The Metropolitan Museum of Art currently does not offer a free day or free night to its visitors.
However, there are a few ways to explore the Met Museum without paying admission fees.
Teens Take The Met!
At regular intervals, The Met Museum offers free admission to teenagers (aged 13 to 18) at its ‘Teens Take The Met’ events. Video
On the event day, the Met Museum is free for teenagers – all they have to do is show up with a middle or high school ID.
Museum Mile Festival
The Museum Mile Festival is yet another opportunity to enter the Metropolitan Museum of Art for free.
One day every year, entry to eight fantastic Museums spread over the 30-block stretch of Fifth Avenue, is free.
The eight institutes which participate in the annual Museum Mile Festival are The Africa Center, El Museo del Barrio, Guggenheim Museum, Smithsonian Design Museum, Jewish Museum, Neue Galerie, Museum of the City of New York and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The free entry timings are usually from 6 pm to 9 pm.
The Museum Mile Festival dates get announced here.
Free entry with City passes
Buying a Discount Card is the best way to gain free entry into The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Both the above mentioned Discount cards include free access to The Met Museum.
Confused between The Met and MOMA? Check out this article on which is better Museum – MOMA or The Met and decide for yourself.
Met Museum’s audio guide
Met Museum’s audio guide includes more than 3,000 recordings and is a great tool to explore the 5,000 years of art on display.
Using the audio guide, visitors can explore highlights of The Met collection in ten languages – English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
Audio players come with volume control and headsets. Neck loops for hearing aids with T – switches are also available on request.
There are two ways to book an audio guide and enhance your Met Museum experience –
1. Book the audio guide online
The easiest way to ensure an audio guide during your tour of The Met Museum is to book it online, along with your tickets.
While booking your Met Museum tickets online, on the ticket booking page you will find two options – ‘with audio guide’ or ‘without audio guide.’
2. Get audio guide at the venue
Audio guide players are available for rent at Met Museum entrance.
In fact, they are also available at the entrances of its two other sister Museums – The Met Cloisters, and The Met Breuer.
Cost of Met Museum’s audio guide
The per person fee for this audio guide is – $7 for adults and $5 for children under 12 years of age.
Audio Guide players are $5 for all visitors after 5 pm on Friday and Saturday evenings.
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What to see at MET Museum of Art
Here are the ten must see items at the MET Museum, New York.
1. Washington Crossing the Delaware
This piece of art is considered a patriotic statement just like its subject matter.
Artist Emanuel Leutze depicts George Washington along with the Continental Army on Christmas Eve at 1776.
2. Self–portrait with a Straw Hat
This is one of the earliest Van Gogh self-portraits where he uses lighter colors and pointillist technique.
3. Madonna and Child
Year: ca. 1290 – 1300
Duccio di Buoninsegna’s Madonna and Child, or Stoclet Madonna, has only been widely acknowledged as his work for the past century and accessible to scholars for only half a century.
4. The Dance Class
Edgar Degas spent precious time observing the ballerinas in their true form at the Paris Opera House during the 1870’s.
The painting displays a group of ballerinas getting ready for a class with ballet master Jules Perrot.
5. Aristotle with a Bust of Homer
Rembrandt van Rijn displays the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle wearing exotic clothes and a gold chain which was a present from his pupil.
In the painting, he has his hand resting on a bust of Homer.
6. Ugolino and His Sons
Jean – Baptiste Carpeaux’s sculpture displays an incident from Canto XXXIII of Dante’s Inferno, where Count Ugolino with his sons and grandsons are left to starve to death in the tower of Pisa.
7. Relief Panel
Year: ca. 883–859 BC
This massive stone slab was a part of a wall panel form the northwest palace at Nimrud.
The handcrafted lower half lists the military accomplishments of Assyrian King Ashurnasirpal II.
8. The Attitudes of Animals in Motion
Eadweard Muybridge wanted to record a galloping horse while wanting to determine whether all the four hooves could be off the ground at one point of time.
While doing so, he created this piece of stop – action photography.
9. Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints
Year: ca. 1504
The Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints are also known as Colonna Altarpiece and is currently the only altarpiece by Raphael in the United States.
10. The Temple of Dendur
Year: 10 BC
This Egyptian temple was presented to the United States in 1965 after the Army Corps of Engineers saved it from raising waters of the Nile.
The Museum has a custom–built a gallery to display the temple.
MET for kids
The MET has lots of activities planned for families and kids.
The MetKids special has been made for, with, and by kids.
Activities for kids and families
Kids can discover fun facts about various masterpieces at MET.
They can also get into the Met Fifth Avenue’s time machine, watch behind-the-scenes archived videos, and work on their own creative projects.
1. Nolen Library
Nolen Library welcomes readers of all ages to consult a wide range of materials about The Met’s collection, exhibitions, and the history of art.
2. Audio Guide for Kids
The Audio Guide for Kids features thirteen tours, which are perfect for kids 6 to 12 years of age.
Artworks throughout all of the major areas of the Museum are included in these kids tours.
3. Children’s Classes
For kids, MET organizes classes by professional educators and artists who use the whole Met Museum (from studios to galleries) as an expanded classroom.
4. Kids concert at $1
The Metropolitan Museum of Art offers various concerts throughout the year with $1 ticket for kids (6 – 16).
This offer can only be availed if the child is accompanied by an adult purchasing a full–price ticket.
Only three children are allowed to accompany one paying adult.
The Met Breuer
The Met Breuer is the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s branch dedicated to modern and contemporary art.
It is in a separate building (designed by architect Marcel Breuer), approximately ten minutes walk from the main Met Museum.
The Met Breuer helps visitors explore art from the 20th and 21st centuries.
The Met Breuer’s location
945 Madison Ave
At 75th Street
New York, NY 10021
The Met Museum to The Met Breuer
Step out of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and turn right on 5th Avenue Road (also known as the Museum Mile road).
You will be heading in the SouthWest direction towards E 81st Street.
After walking half a kilometer (0.3 Mile) turn left on to E 75th Street, and after walking approximately 150 meters (0.1 Mile), you must turn right onto the Madison Avenue.
Continue walking till you spot The Met Breuer on your left. Get Directions
Parking at Met Breuer
The Met Breuer does not have a parking lot of its own.
Visitors to this Museum can park in the nearby iPark, located on 75th Street.
Since iPark has limited parking, most tourists prefer to park their cars at The Met Fifth Avenue and walk it to The Met Breuer.
The Met Breuer’s hours
The Met Breuer doesn’t open on Mondays.
Here are the open timings for other days:
Tuesday to Thursday: 10 am to 5:30 pm
Friday and Saturday: 10 am to 9 pm
Sunday: 10 am to 5:30 pm
The Met Cloisters
Inaugurated in 1938, The Met Cloisters is a much older branch of The Met Museum.
The Met Cloisters specializes in the art and architecture of medieval Europe.
Met Cloisters’ location
99 Margaret Corbin Drive
Fort Tryon Park
New York, NY 10040
The Met Cloisters is approximately 13 Kms (8 Miles) from The Met Museum, so it is not advisable to walk it.
If you have your car or if you hire a taxi, a quick 15 minutes ride can take you from The Met Museum to Met Cloisters.
If you opt for public transport, it may take you 45 to 60 minutes.
Parking at The Met Cloisters
Free city parking is available in Fort Tryon Park, which is just a seven minutes walk from The Met Cloisters.
The public parking area in front of The Met Cloisters has slots for visitors with disabilities.
Met Cloisters hours
The Met Cloisters is open on all days of the week, all through the year.
The Met Cloisters timings are:
1 Mar to 31 Oct: 10 am to 5:15 pm
1 Nov to 28 Feb: 10 am to 4:45 pm
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