With prime real estate on the Upper East Side of Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum of Art exudes a grand presence in its Manhattan home. As the largest art museum in the United States, the Met, as it’s affectionately called, holds a special place in the heart of New Yorkers as well as art-lovers and sightseers around the world. Recently, the Museum was ranked one of the Top 25 Museums in the United States by TripAdvisor. While this is quite an accomplishment, it comes as no surprise to those who’ve seen the museum first hand. Housing two million works of art and artifacts, the Metropolitan Museum of Art boasts an ever-evolving collection in numerous galleries as well as expertly curated temporary exhibitions.
One of the best things about the Metropolitan Museum of Art is that you can visit a dozen times and still see things you’ve never seen before. Use Metropolitan Museum of Art discount tickets this summer to kick off or continue your exploration of this colossal attraction. Take a look at what you’ll find this summer!
Selected Current Exhibitions
In a 160-sculpture exhibition that opened in April and runs through July 27th, the Met offers a look into the ancient art and history of Hindu-Buddhist cultures from the 5th to the 8th century. In Lost Kingdom, you’ll discover tranquil stone sculptures of buddhas and goddesses that have traveled from as far away as Cambodia and Singapore to join the exhibition. In fact, Myanmar is making its first ever international loans to the Met for this exhibition!
Meanwhile, the inaugural exhibition of the newly renovated Costume Institute opened on May 8th, and it’s an extraordinary sight to behold. In the first floor special exhibition galleries, The Charles James: Beyond Fashion exhibition showcases fifteen of James’ revolutionary ball gowns, dramatically lit to highlight the masterful and elegant design of each dress. On the ground floor, in the Anna Wintour Costume Center, the exhibition takes you on a journey through the evolution of James’ gowns and accessories, analyzing the distinguishing features of each piece and painting a picture of his career’s work. In total, you’ll see sixty-five of the artist’s most exceptional designs.
Even on the roof of the Met, art flourishes. In the second installation of a new series of exhibits for the Museum’s Roof Top Garden, artists and architect Dan Graham creates a “pavilion” that’s at once profound and whimsical. As you wander through the maze of steel curves, two-way mirrored glass, and ivy hedgerows, the façade of skyscrapers reflected around you becomes part of the figurative canvas, and you become an integral character in the work of art.
Did you know the Met has another branch in addition to the dozens of wings and hundreds of galleries at the main campus? It’s true! The Cloisters Museum and Gardens is devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe in an extraordinary setting in Fort Tryon Park. While the collection houses approximately 2,000 works of art, the building and its cloisters are just as much a part of the exhibit. When you get your Metropolitan Museum of Art discount tickets with a New York Explorer attractions pass, you’ll also get access to the Cloisters. If you’re a fan of beautiful stained glass, ancient religious relics, and ornate gardens, you’ll find yourself in an European Eden that’s incomparable to anything else in the States.