The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) was founded on April 13, 1870. A group of Americans thought of the idea of the museum as they gathered in Paris, France in 1866, including lawyer John Jay, who initially suggested the idea. As soon as he came back to the United States, he began to contact people interested in helping him bring the museum to reality.  The first acquisition of the museum was a Roman sarcophagus. In 2014, The Met ranked 7th of 20 top museums in the world, with 6,280,000 visitors.

 In 1910, the first Henri Matisse piece was acquired by the museum, giving the Metropolitan Museum of Art the distinction of being the first public museum in the world to acquire an art piece from him. As part of their collection, they have a unique interactive called viewpoint where you can express your views on social media about a particular collection. In this case, “Body Language,” which features sculptures to which you can comment.

A project of interest that the Metropolitan Museum of Art has been involved with since 2000 is  researching pieces of the unknown provenance of their collection (questionable background of how a piece of art was acquired) during the Nazi era. If a piece of art in their collection was inappropriately acquired during this time, through the   “Provenance Research Project” conducted at the Met, they will seek to correct the unlawful act through restitution and settlement.

Besides this arts museum, there are twenty more arts museums listed in New York. There's also ninety-four attractions listed in this city in other categories. You will find the exact location of The Metropolitan Museum of Art on the map above. If you need any other information on The Metropolitan Museum of Art that is not listed here, please call (212) 535-7710 or visit their website.

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Opening Hours Sunday - Thursday: 10:00 am to 5:30 pm
Friday, Saturday: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
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Ticket Fees Adult: $25.00
Senior: $17.00
Student: $12.00
Child: Free
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Year Established 1870
Collections Over 2 million works.
Annual Visitors 7 million (2016)

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