Metropolitan Museum of Art Tavel Guide

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art Tavel Guide

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (colloquially The Met) is the largest art museum in the United States and one of the ten largest in the world. It was founded in 1870 by a group of American citizens. As of 2012, the Met occupies about 2, 000, 000 square feet, its permanent collection contains more than two million works, divided among seventeen curatorial departments.

The main building, located on the eastern edge of Central Park along Manhattan's Museum Mile, is by area one of the world's largest art galleries. Represented in the permanent collection are works of art from classical antiquity and Ancient Egypt, paintings and sculptures from nearly all the European masters, and an extensive collection of American and modern art. The Met also maintains extensive holdings of African, Asian, Oceanic, Byzantine, and Islamic art. The museum is also home to encyclopedic collections of musical instruments, costumes and accessories, and antique weapons and armor from around the world.