Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

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    Savage Beast Alexander McQueen Exhibit

    by Janemei Written May 8, 2011

    Just returned from the Alexander McQueen exhibit at the Met yesterday. What a wonderful display of this genius's work. The flow of the exhibit may need some improvement, for example, it's only 1 way towards the exit but there are two sides to view so you are pretty much doing one side first in each room and then u turning back to look at the other side. I of course picked the busiest day to go, the first saturday. With all that aside, it was a very moving/inspiring display of the Mcqueen world. Some of the pieces are just beyond fashion. Where his mind took him to design some of the pieces was beyond comprehension. Alot of Philip Treacy headpieces on display of course and alot of the infamous shows like the Kate Moss hologram plus the recreation of the mirrored show Spring 2001 etc.

    The compilation book at the end of the visit is worth a buy too at $45.
    http://store.metmuseum.org/met-publications/alexander-mcqueen-savage-beauty/invt/80011804/

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    Metropolitan Museum of ARt-A Mix of Sites

    by BruceDunning Updated Jan 7, 2011

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    Established in 1870, the purpose was to provide the city a fine art museum of a variety of time periods. There are usually around 20 different exhibitions going on, and they change yearly, or so. These exhibitions feature anything form the current day. to past history of art works, furniture, cultural times,, and much more.
    It is open 9:30AM to 5:30PM daily, except Friday & SAturday is 9-9. Cost for an adult is $20.

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  • Did Rembrandt was cross-eyed?

    by gil.steinberg Written Oct 5, 2010

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    With two million artifacts you must choose 7-10 maim attraction that you like to visit.
    Here is the list I made after lot of researches:

    Van Gogh, Monet, Renoir, Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Greek and Roman art, the temple of Dendur
    We made our tour using the new York adventure guide which let us explore the met by trivia and challenges

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    A HUGE Museum!!!

    by MINOSUKE Written Aug 19, 2010

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    This must be the hugest museum in the world. Here are uncountable works to see, so it will take you a week to see around all the rooms of the museum.
    I spent 1 day in it, but I realized soon after I entered it that 1 day was too short. And spending 1 day made me totally exhausted, because there were too many things to see. So I do not recommend you to spend one whole day there. If you have spent 2 or 3 hours there, you should go out and do something else in the afternoon. Visit the museum again on another day.

    *Go up to the roof in the elevator. You will command a nice view of Central Park and old apartments behind the park.

    *Tues., Wed., Thur., Sun. ----- 9:30 - 17:30
    Fri., Sat. ----- 9:30 - 21:00

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    Metropolitan Museum of Art

    by t_cims Written Jun 2, 2010

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    New York City's grand museum! Journeying through the art of mankind can be a overwhelming yet joyous experience. From Ancient Egypt through the Renaissance to American masters,

    try and take your time going through each section. You won't get to see everything but what you do see will be memorable.

    A visit here is a must.

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    A whole Egyptian Temple inside the museum

    by annase Updated Mar 30, 2010

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    Unfortunately I don't have any photos from the museum as I went there on my own (whilst my travel companion had a sleep at the hotel due to jet lag from which I didn't suffer) and did not dare to take an awkwardly huge camera worth of several hundred dollars with me in case it would get stolen.

    I chose to concentrate on section housing Asian and Egyptian art since I have the Egyptian collection also in Louvre and British Museum so I wanted to see what differences there were.

    Their collection of Egyptian art is one of the greatest outside Cairo. More than half of the collection is derived from the archaeological excavations along the Nile between 1906-1935. At the time, the Egyptian government was granting foreign institutions the right to excavate with the understanding that the resulting finds would be divided 50-50 between the excavators and the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

    One of the most striking pieces in the collection is the grandiose Nubian Temple which was built about 15 BC by the Roman emperor Augustus. Located in Lower Nubia, the temple was dismantled to save it from the rising waters of Lake Nasser after the building of the Aswan Dam. It is a gift from the Egyptian government in recognition of the American contribution to the campaign to save the ancient Nubian monuments. It has been dedicated a whole room of its own and it is surrounded by slowly flowing water with a crocodile on the side of it.

    To my disappointed, the Islamic galleries are closed until early 2010 for restoration work. A small collection is on display in a temporary installation on the 2nd floor balcony. However, it is very small, considering that the permanent collection is the most comprehensive installation of Islamic art anywhere. It includes objects from the edges of the Islamic empire (from Spain & Morocco to Central Asia & India.

    I loved the collection of Asian art that includes paintings, prints, calligraphy, sculptures, metalwork, ceramics and textiles. Although the Asian cultures are distinctive from one another, many pieces in the collection reveal similarities between their art due to the shared religions Buddhism and Hinduism. My favourites included Buddhist stone and bronze sculptures, Kashmiri- and Pala-period sculptures and Hindu bronzes. Gorgeous Indian court paintings from the 16th-19th century are exhibited in additional galleries on the 3rd floor which can accessed through a temple like entrance.

    Admission $20 (adults), $15 (65 and older), $10 (students)

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    The Met Museum

    by MM212 Updated Nov 4, 2009

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    One of the largest art museums in the world, The Metropolitan Museum of Art opened its doors in 1880. The building was originally designed in a Victorian Gothic style, by the architect Calvert Vaux, but by 1926 it had been given the completely new Beaux-Arts style façade that we see today, designed by Richard Morris Hunt. The museum houses an exceptional collection of art spanning several millennia from Ancient Egypt through modern times. The Met Museum, as it is colloquially known, also holds several temporary exhibitions at any given time.

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    6 Floors of Modern Art

    by TexasDave Written Oct 18, 2009

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    This museum focus on art made from the 1880's to the present. It has some famous impressionist pieces, many Picasso's, and lots of true Modern Art.The museum itself was recently redone and improved in 2005.A special feature is a whole wing dedicated to Monet's Water Lillies. I'm going to make a travelogue for that series.

    Open every day except Tuesdays, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

    Admission is free for all visitors during Target Free Friday Nights, held every Friday evening from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tickets for Target Free Friday Nights are not available in advance.

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    The Temple of Dendur

    by MM212 Updated Oct 15, 2009

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    Commissioned by Emperor Augustus in 15 BC in Roman Egypt and dedicated to the gods Isis and Osiris, the Temple of Dendur nowadays finds itself as the only air-conditioned Ancient Egyptian temple in the world! It was originally located south of Aswan in an area now submerged by the man-made Lake Nasser, but was moved stone by stone and donated to the United States for the assistance provided in moving archeological treasures as the Aswan High Dam was being built. Similar gestures were made to Spain (Temple of Debod in Madrid) and to Holland (Temple of Taffeh in Leiden). Although it was gifted to the United States in 1965, the Temple of Dendur was not exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York until 1978. The Sackler Wing within the museum was designed to accommodate the temple, which due to the harsh New York climate, was better protected inside.

    Note: See the attached black & white photo of the temple at its original location. The photo is of a framed photo exhibited at the Nubian Museum in Aswan.

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    Art on Central Park

    by travelfrosch Updated Jul 20, 2009

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    If you're a fan of art and museums, the Met Museum has to be very high on your list. Just off of Central Park, the sprawling building houses works of art of all sorts from all around the world. Like the Louvre, it isn't possible to see the entire place in one day. Take a look at the free guide booklet and decide which works you would like to see. For this visit, we decided to concentrate on Roman statues, African art, and Dutch paintings.

    Admission is technically free, but you probably should go up to a ticket counter and make the "suggested donation" ($20 for adults, $15 for children and Seniors, also includes admission to The Cloisters) for your visit. Various types of museum memberships are also available online -- check the website for details.

    Opening hours are 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM, open until 9:00 PM Fridays and Saturdays, Closed Mondays (but open on holidays).

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    too huge but absolutely visit-worty

    by PALLINA Updated Jul 13, 2009

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    At least once, you cannot skip the visit at this temple of fine arts. Modern and contemporary arts section is very big and really visit worthy. I would reccomend not to rely on the audoguide (6 usd each) in foreign languages, as the translations are very few. Better to listen it in English. Considering the plenty of visitors nevertheless the expesive price (regular fare is 20 usd), I would not reccomend to visit it when it is free; rather, arrive as soon as possible (opens at 9.30 am).

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    Walk miles at the Met

    by goodfish Updated Apr 6, 2009

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    This is what you save your pennies for! The Metropolitan is one of the world's greatest art museums and has 2 million works spanning 5,000 years in its vast collections. Paintings, sculpture, costumes, period rooms, musical instruments and more are displayed throughout its endless halls and corridors; you'd need far more than a day to see it all. Their excellent website is your first resource for information as I can't begin to cover all of the different styles, periods and mediums, but here's a top line of general visiting info:

    • Closed Mondays except for Labor and Memorial Day. Open at 9:30 - 5:50 Tuesday - Thursdays and Sundays, and closes at 9:00 PM Fridays and Saturdays.

    • Absolutely no backpacks or large bags allowed

    • Photography is allowed in most of the galleries but no flash or videocameras. Tripods only allowed Wed - Fri with special permit

    • Other than plastic water bottles, no food or drink allowed. There are several nice cafeterias, bars and cafes within the facility.

    • Sketching allowed with pencil only - no pens or markers

    • Cellphone use only allowed in the main entry hall

    • Wheelchairs, strollers and baby carriers are fine - may also be rented at the museum

    • Tickets: the $20 fee is listed as "suggested" but they encourage paying the full amount. Senior and student fees are less, and children under 12 are free (a good deal for families!). You can order express tickets online, and entrance fee is also covered under the NYC CityPass. Your ticket covers all of the museum's permanent collections and special exhibits.

    As the building is so enormous, I'd recommend reviewing the collections on the Met's website before you go and choosing those you're most interested in. They also offer a wonderful selection of rental audioguides, for different interests and ages, that can make your visit just that much more interesting. This is a terrific activity anytime but especially on that cold or rainy day!

    Extra tip: photos of your favorite works create a great screensaver slideshow when you get home.

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    The MET

    by savvygirl Written Jan 9, 2009

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    New York City's must see museum! From Ancient Egypt through the Renaissance to American masters, try and take your time going through each section. You won't get to see everything but what you do see will be memorable.

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    The Met

    by apbeaches Written Dec 9, 2008

    The Temple of Dendur, costumes, mummies, knights, Americana, Modern paintings, sculptures, art of other continents ... It just can't be beat. We can easily lose ourselves here for the day.

    The Met Store is just amazing; the posters, photographs, stationary, books, bags, pens, jewelry, children's items, home gifts ... are just beautiful. We enjoy the Cafe in the basement. The sushi, pasta, antipasti stations are expensive but good. Everything is well prepared & presented. Absolutely love the rooftop wine bar, the views on a nice day are memorable. The coffee bar is pretty good too!

    Exhibits change frequently, curators are knowledgeable, & the evening concerts are special.

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    Up on the roof

    by toonsarah Updated Nov 13, 2008

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    This is a huge museum and if you’re to see its collections in any depth you’ll probably need to devote a whole day to it. The alternative is to be very selective, which is the approach we took. In fact, we came here with the aim of seeing just one small exhibition. I’d heard that in the summer months the museum opens its roof terrace and stages modern art exhibitions there, and we were keen to see this and the excellent view it affords of Central Park and mid-town Manhattan.

    This summer’s roof-top offering was “Jeff Koons on the Roof”. This American artist creates large-scale art in a factory-like studio in New York, employing a large staff assigned to different aspects of producing his work – in a similar fashion to Andy Warhol’s Factory or to Renaissance workshops. Three of his works were featured in this exhibition, and I’ve taken this description of them from the museum’s website:

    ”The three sculptures featured on the Roof Garden are from the Celebration series, which Koons began working on in 1993. Balloon Dog (Yellow) is based on balloons twisted into the shape of a toy dog. Standing more than ten feet tall, its highly reflective and brightly colored surface gives the appearance of an actual balloon in a form that would delight a child but would also fascinate any student of Freud. A page from a Winnie the Pooh coloring book featuring Pooh’s companion Piglet was the genesis of Coloring Book. Koons took a magic marker to the page and colored in various zones; in the fabrication of the sculpture, he removed Piglet from the composition, which resulted in this abstraction rendered in cheerful pastel colors. Sacred Heart (Red/Gold), with its sumptuous surfaces of wrapping and ribbon, may suggest childhood – as well as adult – dreams and fantasies about candy and luxury goods, intermixed with the potent Roman Catholic image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. As a group, the three colorful Pop sculptures are characteristic of the artist’s work over the years, offering a certain jouissance and jubilant spirit and demonstrating extraordinary technical virtuosity in the rendering of large perfected forms on a huge scale.”

    As well as being fascinating in their own right, I found these sculptures made a wonderful subject for photography, especially the dog and the heart, whose metallic curved surfaces reflected a bizarre upside-down version of the exhibition-goers on the roof, the skyscrapers of Manhattan and of course of me, the photographer. The views from the roof also are probably worth the visit alone. In summer the trees in Central Park block any view of park activity but provide an unusually rural-looking foreground to the skyscrapers beyond.

    One downside though was the lack of shade on the roof – even the small café offered little respite from what was a very hot sun on the day of our visit. A solution would be to visit late afternoon or early evening on a Friday or Saturday, when the café is transformed into a Martini Bar – something we will definitely bear in mind for future visits to the city.

    Apart from our visit to the roof terrace we spent little time here, preferring to save it for that future visit when the weather may be less good. But we did have time to take in a part of the Medieval Gallery where there are some beautiful religious treasures and even a doorway from an Italian church.

    The museum doesn’t impose a charge but instead asks for a “suggested donation” of $20 for adults (415 for seniors, $10 for students and free for under 12s). Coming from London where all the main museums are free (except for special exhibitions) and planning to spend only half an hour or so here, we thought that was a bit steep, so we ignored the request to pay the full sum and instead put in a lower amount more appropriate to our visit. I leave it to you and your conscience to decide what you’ll do about this, but obviously if you plan to stay for hours and see a lot of the galleries it starts to seem more reasonable.

    The opening hours are:
    Monday: Closed (except some holidays)
    Tuesday –Thursday, and Sunday: 9.30 AM – 5.30 PM
    Friday and Saturday: 9.30 AM – 9.00 PM
    (Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day)

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