The Art Scene: Welcome To The Met

metropolitan-museumThe New York art scene is very prominent but ever changing, their art exhibitions include the best photography and art galleries that are considered some of the best in the world.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art ( often referred to as the Met ) is located on Fifth Avenue in New York and is ranked 4th globally and number one in the USA, receiving around 5 million visitors annually.

The Museum was built in 1874, its permanent collection contains over two million works, divided among seventeen curatorial departments. The main building on the eastern edge of Central Park is by area one of the worlds largest art galleries.

While the permanent collections consists of works of art of classical antiquity and ancient Egypt, paintings and sculptures from nearly all the European masters, they also have an extensive collection of American and modern art.

The Met maintains holdings of African, Asian, Oceaniac, Byzantine, Indian and Islamic art. The museum is also home to collections of musical instruments, costumes and accessories, as well as antique weapons and armour from around the world.

Now it must be mentioned the Met is not the only museum in New York, in fact NY .com says there are 83 museums in New York city. So no matter what kind of art you love, whether it be Museum of Natural History, The Guggenheim, Modern Art, The Cloisters there is sure to be plenty for you to see.

If you are planning a trip to this city you will need several days if you are interested in seeing even a few of these great museums.

The good news is you can get 20% off 3, 5, 7, and 10 day New York passes that can be purchased ahead and you will also receive with your pass free entry to other NY attractions like the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, Historic Richmond Town, Museum of Modern Art, New York Hall of Science, Rockefeller Centre, Staten Island Children’s Museum and many, many more.

Of course you will not be able to cover everything you wish to see in a short amount of time, you will definitely need to prioritize. I decided to make a list starting with the one attraction that I felt was the most important to me, then moved on to the second, third and so forth, then made a list to fill in any extra time I may have, with other attraction that I thought would be interesting to see.

Of course I did not get around to finishing my list although I tried very hard, I found no matter how much time you allow for viewing it was not enough and I only managed to squeeze in two of my extra attractions. If I had to pick a favourite place I think I would have to pick The Metropolitan Museum of Art, I really enjoyed the Met department of Arms and Armour, this seems to be one of the museums most popular exhibits.

The distinctive “ parade” of armoured figures on horseback on the first floor is fascinating. The focus on craftsmanship is outstanding, and the collection spans more geographic regions than almost any other department. I do feel as if I only scratched the surface with my visit and definitely feel another visit to New York city would have to be on my agenda.