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The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art was established by artists in the late nineteenth century and has become one of the world's most comprehensive museums of art and culture. It really does house a representative selection of just about everything in terms of world art through the ages…

It would take several days - possibly weeks - to do justice to the sheer range of amazing exhibits in this museum so it is worth a little research before you go. Choose what you really want to see and then build the rest of your time at the museum around it… and wear comfortable shoes as there is a lot of walking involved!

It is advisable to take a 'Museum Highlights' tour on your first visit and to collect information along the way.

The main exhibition areas are:

Ground Floor: The Robert Lehman Collection; The Photograph & Slide Library; the Ruth & Harold D Uris Center for Education and the Costume Institute.

1st Floor: American Arms & Armour; Arts of Africa; Oceania and the Americas; Egyptian Art; European Sculpture and Decorative Arts; Greek and Roman Art; the Robert Lehman Collection; Medieval Art; Modern Art; Special Exhibition Galleries; the Great Hall; the Thomas J Watson Library (housing the new Lita Annenberg Hazen and Joseph H Hazen Center for Electronic Information Resources); the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium; the Museum Restaurant and Shops.

2nd Floor: The American Wing; Ancient Near Eastern Art; Asian Art; Drawings; Prints & Photographs; European Paintings; European Sculpture & Decorative Arts; Greek and Roman Art; Islamic Art; Musical Instruments; Modern Art and Shops.

Of particular interest is the American Wing, which, by a series of carefully reconstructed period rooms, charts the history of American design from colonial times to the present.

Essential Data

Address: 1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street) Manhattan New York, NY 10028

Tel: (212) 535 7710 (recorded Information)

Opening hours:

9.30am - 5.15pm Tuesday - Sunday 9.30am - 8.45pm Friday and Saturday. The museum is closed on Mondays

Admission charges: The "suggested" admission charge is $10 for Adults, $5 for Students and SeniorCitizens. Children under 12 and members are admitted free of charge.

Travel Routes:

Subway: Trains 4,5 and 6 to 86th Street.

Buses: M1, M2, M3 and M4 There is also a pay parking garage at 80th Street and 5th avenue and parking tickets can be validated at the Uris Center Information Desk.

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