Fronting onto 5th Avenue and surrounded on three sides by Central Park
Two visits - lasting 5 and 6 hours - and I am sure there are galleries that I have missed. The place is endless - as a viewer you are transported through doorways to every corner of the globe and you become part of every civilisation known - through hundreds of galleries full of the most remarkable treasures - and all laid out on 3 floors.
The Great Hall
The Museum's Beaux-Arts Fifth Avenue facade and Great Hall - designed by the architect and founding Museum Trustee Richard Morris Hunt - was opened to the public in 1902, and the current building completed in 1991.
Today, the Met houses over two million objects catalogued into 17 departments -
The American Wing + Ancient Near Eastern Art + Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas + Asian Art + The Costume Institute + Drawings and Prints + Egyptian Art + European Paintings + European Sculpture and Decorative Arts + Greek and Roman Art + Islamic Art + Medieval Art and The Cloisters + Modern and Contemporary Art + Musical Instruments + Photographs
and displayed in countless galleries within the Museum's two-million-square-foot building.
In 2012, the Metropolitan Museum welcomed over 6 million visitors from around the world to the main building on Fifth Avenue ... I reckon there was pretty close to that number cruising the galleries on the days I visited !!!
Tomorrow I'll start showing you some of those wonderful treasures I discovered ...