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Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
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ADDRESS
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10028
CONTACT DETAILS
Website
+1 212 535 7710
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The Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

 

Photo by Brooks Walker © 2008. Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, often simply called the Met, is one of the world's top museums and a must-see in New York City. This treasure trove of art and artifacts spanning 5000 years is home to more than 2 million objects from around the globe. View Archeulian flints and platform shoes. Follow the rise and fall of ancient cultures. Journey round the world in an afternoon. The Met is divided in time and space as well as themes - American Decorative Arts, American Paintings and Sculpture, Ancient Near Eastern Art, Arms and Armor, Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, Asian Art, The Costume Institute, Drawings and Prints, Egyptian Art, European Paintings, European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, Greek and Roman Art, Islamic Art, Medieval Art, Modern Art, Musical Instruments, and Photographs. Kids' favorites include the Egyptian Temple of Dendur and the Met's collection of baseball cards. The gallery of Arms and Armor is a big hit with school-age children. The collection of Modern Art is a top choice for teens. Yet like any museum of this size and scale just walking the halls can be a mind-blowing experience when a child's interests are kept in mind.
Getting There
 
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is located at 1000 Fifth Avenue, between 81st and 82nd streets, on Manhattan's Upper East Side. There are two museum entrances, 81st/Fifth Avenue and 82nd/Fifth Avenue. The museum is easily reached by public transport. The 4, 5, and 6 subway lines stop at 86th Street. The 1, 2 and 3 subway lines stop at 79th St. City buses and M1, M2, M3 and M4, M79, M86 all stop near the museum as do some sightseeing buses. The museum parking garage is located at Fifth Avenue and 80th Street.
Hours & Times
 
The museum is open Tuesday to Thursday 9:30 - 17:30, Friday and Saturday 9:30 - 21:00 and Sunday 9:30 - 17:30. Closed Monday (except some holidays), January 1, Thanksgiving, and December 25. Guided tours are offered daily. Family programs are frequently scheduled.
Admission & Fees
 
There is no fixed admission price but rather a recommended donation. Children under 12 are free of charge. Audio guides are charged seperately. Family programs are free with admission. Tickets can be purchased online and in person. Tickets purchased online are charged at the suggested rate and a service fee is added. The Met is included in the CityPass, New York Pass and New York Explorer Pass programs.
Things to Keep in Mind
 
The Met offers a great variety of family programs and has a plethora of resources for touring the museum with children. Family programs and teen events are geared to specific age groups. Some programs are offered in Spanish and special programs are offered for young visitors who are blind or partially sighted or with learning and developmental disabilities. Advance registration is required for some programs. Family audio guides are ideal for kids aged 6 - 12. Family maps and guides are available online and onsite.
 
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