It’s easy to lose yourself in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The building is enormous and houses an endless amount of art from various times in history and different cultures, as well. Each time I visit the museum, I find something new to see and can never seem to run out of exhibits to explore. It’s a peaceful museum. Everyone’s voices are hushed as if not to disturb the art around us. Eyes are filled with awe at the sight of ancient relics, and languages from all around the world flow around you as you wander each room.
This museum is a worldwide phenomenon that I believe everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime. It has something for everyone: Roman statues, ancient Egyptian sarcophaguses, modern paintings, Van Gogh pieces, and Samurai armor. Each collection is awe-inspiring and is sure to leave you struck by all the history that is placed in one building in NYC.
Favorite Collections at The Met
Greek and Roman Art (1st Floor)
This is my favorite collection in the entire museum because the room is washed in sunlight and is home to countless marble statues that are all intricately carved. Some visitors are sketching the statues while others are studying the detail of each piece of art. I never grow tired of admiring the gods and goddesses wearing drapery that looks as though its fabric is blowing in the wind because I always seem to find something new to discover.
Arms and Armor (1st Floor)
If you are a fan of Medival and Samurai armor, this collection is right up your alley. This collection houses weapons and uniforms from various armies around the world and is displayed in dark, wooden rooms and a brightly lit corridor. My favorite part of this collection is the army of knights riding horses into battle which takes center stage in the gallery, along with the epic Samurai armor that is encased in glass for others to marvel at.
Egyptian Art (1st Floor)
This is probably one of the most popular areas of The Met because I’d like to believe that everyone is interested in ancient Egypt. In this section of the museum, there are sarcophaguses, hieroglyphics, and items that Egyptians were buried with, back then. This is a part of the museum that feels as though it has no end, and I have successfully gotten myself completely lost in it for hours with my friends.
This area of the museum also has a temple called The Temple of Dendur which is beautifully made and is surrounded by a small stream of water. Entering that part of the Egyptian gallery is always breathtaking and soothing because people tend to whi
sper in that area as though not to disturb the art around them.
The American Wing (1st Floor)
The American Wing of the Met is like stepping into a (less humid) greenhouse. This section of the museum is covered in windows to allow light to stream into the spacious room filled with American sculptures. My friends and I frequent this area, to recreate statute’s poses for fun, and this is also another section that I find myself exploring more and more because I always find something new to look at.
European Paintings (Second Floor)
If statues and armor isn’t your thing, the European Painting section of the museum is a must-see. There, some of the most iconic paintings hang by El Greco, Goya, Monet, Degas, and Van Gogh, to same some. My favorite paintings are from Monet and Van Gogh, but each piece of art in this area is great to visit because it combines different painting styles together to suit everyone’s tastes.
Tips for Visiting The Met
Grab a Map
This building is huge, so it’s always handy to grab a map when you get your ticket so you won’t get lost.
Only Water Bottles are Allowed
You aren’t allowed to bring drinks into the museum, so be sure to drink everything before you enter the building. You are allowed water bottles, but they must stay inside your bags when you are in exhibits.
Check in Your Coat. It’s Free.
Nothing is more limiting than carrying a winter coat around with you as you wander the Met. They offer free coat check-ins, at the entrance to the museum, so take advantage of that offer!
Wear Comfortable Shoes!
Time doesn’t seem to exist in The Met. Hours pass by in a flash, and soon enough you’ll find your feet aching from standing up for so long. Wearing comfortable shoes with lots of support is a must-have (for any activity in NYC) because you will be walking around a lot throughout the day.
Eat Lunch Beforehand.
In order to save time and money, eat lunch before going to the museum because the cafeteria is expensive and it will give you more time to look at the art instead of eating!
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Have you visited The Met before or are you planning to? Let me know your favorite collection in the exhibit! xx Liv