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"Metropolitan Museum of Art" Metropolitan Museum of Art Tip by Blatherwick

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City: 194 reviews and 382 photos

  Metropolitan Museum of Art
by Blatherwick

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) opened on February 20, 1872 and is one of the world's largest and most important art museums. Its massive collection ranges from treasures of Classical Antiquity like its Greek galleries and Cypriot galleries to nearly all the European masters, as well as an extensive collection of American art. It also possesses extensive holdings in African, Asian, Oceanic, Middle Eastern, Byzantine and Islamic art. Of particular note is the Egyptian section that includes the entire Temple of Dendur. Unlike other Egyptian antiquities in other countries, this temple was presented to the museum as a show of appreciation for helping to save Nubian temples from flooding due to the construction of the Aswan Dam.

The museum also contains recreations of notable interiors, including one by famous American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The Department of Arms and Armor displays a collection of antique weapons and armor from around the world, primarily Europe, but also Japan, the United States, and the Middle East, with extensive holdings from other cultures and periods in the study collection.

Address: 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street (Central Park)
Directions: Take 4, 5, or 6 train to 86th Street and walk three blocks west to Fifth Avenue
Phone: 212-535-7710

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  • Updated Sep 25, 2005
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