New Special Exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: “Death Becomes Her”

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Fans of art, fashion, and the slightly macabre are in luck - a highly-anticipated special exhibit opened this week at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Entitled “Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire,” this exhibit explores the aesthetic developments of the English culture of mourning in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This exhibit is sponsored by the Costume Institute, which has contributed most of the elements for the exhibit. Death is a tricky business, and the business of dressing for death is even more complex. Conventions and customs regarding the mourning attire of widows have long been a fascinating subject of study in the more flexible twenty-first century. Historical mourning conventions from the nineteenth century transcend the … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Museum of Art Ticket Discount

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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 … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Museum of Art Spring Exhibits 2014

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Spring is a beautiful time to be in New York: the snows melt, the flowers begin to bloom, and Central Park is bustling with people once again. Of course, some of the best things in New York this spring are found indoors, especially if you’re an art lover – like new seasonal exhibits at some of the best art museums in the country! Here’s a sneak preview of some of the new and upcoming exhibits at the world-famous Metropolitan Museum of Art and its sister institution, the Cloisters Museum. You can even pick up a New York City attractions pass for special insider benefits when you visit these museums, like skip the line privileges! Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris Now - May 4, 2014 For those of you interested in the early years of photography and/or the history of 19th … [Read more...]

Iconic New York City Buildings

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One of the best parts about visiting the big city is seeing some of the Iconic New York City Buildings that make the skyline of the Big Apple so recognizable. Whether you realize it or not, you've probably seen a lot of the famous buildings that are sprinkled throughout the city in movies or television shows - a fun phenomenon that will make seeing them in person that much more enjoyable. Although they exist because of a terrible event, there are a few relatively new additions to the downtown New York City skyline that are definitely worth seeing. The first tower to be rebuilt at Ground Zero, 7 World Trade Center replaced the existing building of the same name that was destroyed in the 9/11 attacks in 2001. Nearby 4 World Trade Center was designed by architects Maki and Associates in … [Read more...]

Iconic New York Attractions

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Although it sounds like it could be a category on “Jeopardy!” there’s really nothing to question about the “Iconic New York” Attractions package from Smart Destinations. It’s pretty simple - Purchase the package and you will save 20% on five Iconic New York Attractions that no trip to the Big Apple should ever be without. The first place you will visit as part of your Iconic New York Attractions package is the Empire State Building. Possibly the most famous skyscraper in the world, the ESB’s observatory offers visitors a chance to see New York’s distinctive skyline from 1,050 feet in the sky. There is also a second observatory a little bit farther up at 1,250 feet that offers an even broader perspective on the big city. Noted for its distinctive broadcast tower and rich … [Read more...]

New Exhibits at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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As New York’s premium art institution, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a must-see museum for New York visitors. Even if you’re not an art lover per se, it should be the centerpiece of a trip to the Upper East Side of Manhattan, as a lot of their exhibits transcend the traditional “collection of paintings” style of exhibit (although, there’s nothing wrong with a good fine art painting!). This summer’s special exhibits include classical artifacts, contemporary ceramic work, and an ancient bronze statue. So if your cultural interests are rooted in history, art, architecture, sports, or music, pay a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see what’s cooking. The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia: Charting a New Empire 6/20/13 – 8/4/13 Although the Metropolitan … [Read more...]

New York Museums Discount Tickets

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If you’re planning a trip to New York City this summer, be warned, it can get hot! With millions upon millions of residents, commuters and tourists moving in, out and around the city each day, the kinetic energy alone is probably enough to raise the temperature a couple degrees - and when there’s no cloud cover, forget about it! Beat the heat with a New York City Museum Pass and bask in the glory of air conditioning. The New York City Museum Pass package by Smart Destinations saves you 28% on the Guggenheim Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art and MOMA! Save money! The first place that you will want to use your New York City Museum Pass to visit is the Guggenheim Museum. After closing many of its exhibits for more than a month in order to change from one major exhibition to another, … [Read more...]

Exhibits at Metropolitan Museum of Art this Summer

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the most prestigious collections of art and artifacts in the country. In complement to its vast selection of paintings, Egyptian artifacts, and textiles (to name a paltry few), the Met also hosts a number of special exhibits that change seasonally. This summer’s line-up of exhibits has some really exciting shows that art lovers visiting New York will not want to miss. The newest special exhibit was all the rage at the annual Met Gala this year – and it’s all about Punk. “PUNK: Chaos to Couture,” the Met’s spring 2013 Costume Institute Exhibition, focuses on the impact that the cultural and musical movement of punk has had on the high fashion industry in the last few decades. Each of the nearly one hundred designs traces the … [Read more...]

What’s New at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of New York City’s top attractions located right along the eastern edge of Central Park. Year round, it is home to over two million works – from classic antiquity to American and modern art - and is both one of the largest and most visited museums in the world. Here are some of the highlights you can catch at their current exhibitions: The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde Goes Through June 3rd Over 200 works of Parisian Art make up this collection from the family of Gertrude Stein, a woman known as much for her collection of art as for her modernist poems. Along with her brothers and sister-in-law, Gertrude collected paintings by close friends Picasso and Matisse before they were even considered suitable for … [Read more...]

King Tut returns to the Big Apple

When King Tut made his first visit to New York City thirty years ago, the glittering display of artifacts from the young Pharaoh's tomb turned Tutankhamen into a pop sensation. Huge lines formed to get a look at the treasures that had survived centuries untouched until their discovery in 1922. Tut is now back in NYC at Discovery Times Square. While no one has (yet) tried to reprise Steve Martin's musical ode to King Tut, the lines are again forming to get a look. The exhibition runs through January 2nd, 2011 and after that there's no telling if it will be another 30 years or more before Tut returns. Unlike most other Egyptian Pharaohs, Tutankhamen’s tomb was not plundered by robbers and so it yielded a dazzling array items and artifacts when it was uncovered. Many of … [Read more...]