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The Metropolitan Museum of Art, colloquially "the Met", is located in New York City and is the largest art museum in the United States, and is among the most visited art museums in the world. Its permanent collection contains over two million works, divided among seventeen curatorial departments. The main building, on the eastern edge of Central Park along Manhattan's Museum Mile, is by area one of the world's largest art galleries. A much smaller second location, The Cloisters at Fort Tryon Park in Upper Manhattan, contains an extensive collection of art, architecture, and artifacts from Medieval Europe.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Facade of imposing building with Greek columns. Large colored banners hang from the building's top. A crowd of people is in front.
Metropolitan Museum of Art is located in Manhattan
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Location in Manhattan
Established April 13, 1870; 146 years ago (April 13, 1870)
Location 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York City, New York 10028
Coordinates 40°46′46″N 73°57′47″W / 40.779447°N 73.96311°W / 40.779447; -73.96311
Visitors

5.2 million (2008)
4.9 million (2009)
5.24 million (2010)

  • Ranked 1st nationally
  • Ranked 4th globally
Director Thomas P. Campbell
President Daniel Weiss
Public transit access Subway: NYCS-bull-trans-4.svg NYCS-bull-trans-5.svg NYCS-bull-trans-6.svg NYCS-bull-trans-6d.svg to 86th Street
Bus: M1, M2, M3, M4, M79, M86
Website

www.metmuseum.org

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
Metropolitam Museum of Art by Simon Fieldhouse.jpg
Elevation by Simon Fieldhouse
Built 1874; 143 years ago (1874)
Architect Richard Morris Hunt; also Calvert Vaux; Jacob Wrey Mould
Architectural style Beaux-Arts
NRHP Reference # 86003556
Significant dates
Added to NRHP January 29, 1972
Designated NHL June 24, 1986

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, colloquially "the Met", is located in New York City and is the largest art museum in the United States, and is among the most visited art museums in the world. Its permanent collection contains over two million works, divided among seventeen curatorial departments. The main building, on the eastern edge of Central Park along Manhattan's Museum Mile, is by area one of the world's largest art galleries. A much smaller second location, The Cloisters at Fort Tryon Park in Upper Manhattan, contains an extensive collection of art, architecture, and artifacts from Medieval Europe. On March 18, 2016, the museum opened the Met Breuer museum at Madison Avenue in the Upper East Side; it extends the museum's modern and contemporary art program.

The permanent collection consists of 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 maintains extensive holdings of African, Asian, Oceanian, Byzantine, Indian, and Islamic art. The museum is home to encyclopedic collections of musical instruments, costumes and accessories, as well as antique weapons and armor from around the world. Several notable interiors, ranging from first-century Rome through modern American design, are installed in its galleries.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded in 1870. The founders included businessmen and financiers, as well as leading artists and thinkers of the day, who wanted to open a museum to bring art and art education to the American people. It opened on February 20, 1872, and was originally located at 681 Fifth Avenue.