Metropolitan Museum Of Art

metropolitan museum of art

1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
New York, NY 

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Sun-Tue & Thu 10 am–5 pm
Fri & Sat 10 am–9 pm
Closed Wednesday

$30, $17/students, free/ages 12 & under (pay-what-you-wish for NY residents)

Explore a vast collection that spans millennia and continents. You might get lost searching for iconic favorites in the grand halls and you’ll definitely discover fascinating art that appeals all ages.

🚪 On crowded days (or any day), enter through the accessible, stroller-friendly Uris Center for Education entrance on 81st Street south of the stairs for shorter lines & spacious bathrooms. Pick up a printed map and schedule of daily programs from the admission desk.

📕 Explore hands-on stations where art and science meet and at new, free admission drop-in discovery and play space the 81st Street Studio. Investigate the scientific properties of materials like wood, metal, and clay at interactive stations:, play instruments and browse a wonderful children’s book collection. Join a virtual queue on crowded days.

🎟  Pay-what-you wish tix available at the admissions desks for New York State residents with an ID.

🏺 There is so much to see! From the education center, go upstairs through the lovely Greek and Roman Galleries. The must-see Van Goghs, Monets and Degas ballerinas in 19th- And Early 20th-Century European Paintings And Sculptures are on the second floor above, along with intricate textiles and architecture in Art of the Arab Lands and a striking Ellsworth Kelly rainbow mural and giant Jackson Pollock paintings in Modern and Contemporary Art.

🖼️ See the comprehensive and far-reaching ways in which Black artists portrayed everyday modern life in the new Black cities through some 160 works of painting, sculpture, photography, film, and ephemera in The Harlem Renaissance and Transatlantic Modernism.

👑 Chill in the serene Astor Chinese Garden Court on your way to walking like an Egyptian around the Temple of Dendur. Say hello to nearby crocodile and feline statues and lots of mummies throughout the stunning Egyptian wing. Admire enchanting sculptures, fountains and Central Park in the American Wing Courtyard. Compare the chain mail of European knights on horseback with elaborate Japanese samurai gear in Arms and Armor.

🛋 Imagine life as royalty in the extravagant period rooms on the first floor and see fascinating artworks in all sorts of media in Before Yesterday We Could Fly: An Afrofuturist Period Room, an imagining of what might have been if Seneca Village had survived.

❓ And so much more…wander around and be surprised and delighted as your kid finds his or her own favorites. Ask friendly information desk workers (or search online) for whatever kids are into- we’ve discovered works with turtles, trains, chess, princesses, mermaid and other current obsessions. Security guards can help direct when you inevitably get lost.

⛲️ Bring coins to make wishes in the beautiful fountains in the Greek and Roman Galleries and American Wing plus the seasonal water show out front.

🗺 Pick up a fun family map/guide plus rotating themed kid-friendly guides by the admission desks. Look at and perhaps print more guides online with titles like Explore Arms and Armor: Fierce or Fancy?Animals All Around and Percy Jackson & the Olympians.

📱 Stream select audio content in the galleries on your phone for free inlcuding an Egyptian Art: Family Tour. Audio guide rentals not available.

🖌 Join excellent free family programs including art-making in the galleries. Bring pencils for sketching.

🌳 Play before or after at the Egyptian-inspired Ancient Playground just north of the museum in Central Park.

🍽  Enjoy hot coffee, other beverages, and snacks in the gorgeous American Wing, head downstairs to the reimagined Eatery with seasonal dishes including kid-friendly options (open 11 am-4 pm) or snack in the roof garden (May-Oct).

🍽  More meal options at Bluestone Lane in and outside a historic church a few blocks north with great picnic provisions. Pick up classic treats including famous black-and-white cookies at nearby William Greenberg.

🛍 Gift shops can be found throughout the museum, with the largest one off the Grand Hall. Try out fun toys and shop for wonderful books, sensory fidgets, art supplies, costume and more in the kids section.

📘 Prepare for your visit (or reminisce after) by reading You Can’t Take a Balloon into the Metropolitan Museum which pairs the adventures of a balloon flying around NYC with artwork from the Met. Dream about a museum sleep-over with the classic chapter book From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.