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Opening hours

The museum is open seven days a week.

From Sunday to Thursday 10am- 5.30pm

Friday and Saturday 10am- 9pm

The museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day, December 25th, January 1st and the first Monday in May.

The galleries are cleared 15 minutes before closing time.

How to get there

Subway- Take the 4, 5 or 6 train to 86th Street then walk for about 10 minutes (three blocks west) to Fifth Avenue.

Bus- Take the M86 or M79 across Central Park to Fifth Avenue. Bus numbers M1, M2, M3 or M4 along Madison Avenue to 83rd Street.

Sightseeing Tour Bus- on the Uptown Loop, stop number 35.

Car- there is a museum parking garage at 80th Street.

Bicycle- cycle racks are provided inside the parking garage.


How much is the admission fee?
Tickets for adults cost $25, seniors (65+) $17, students $12. Members and Patrons as well as children under 12 have free entry. The admission tickets are valid for three consecutive days and give entry into the museums three buildings at Met Fifth Avenue, the Met Breuer and the Met Cloisters.
What is the admission fee for residents of NY State?
Residents of NY State, as well as students studying in any university within NY State, New Jersey and Connecticut have suggested admission (pay as you wish); they can pay whatever amount they would like to pay.
How can I purchase my tickets?
You can buy your full price tickets at any admissions desk at the museum or online through the website. You cannot purchase pay as you wish tickets online; these tickets can only be bought at the museum on the day of your visit.
How old is the museum?
The museum first opened in 1872 at 681 Fifth Avenue although the idea of a museum began in Paris, France in 1866 when a group of Americans decided to create a ‘national institution and gallery of art’ to educate the people of America on the subject of art. The museum opened at its present location in 1880 and since that time it has been expended several times. The original structure is now completely surrounded by additions.
How many buildings is the museum accommodated in?
In addition to the main building alongside Central Park in Manhattan’s Upper East Side and home to one of the worlds largest art galleries. There are the Cloisters located at Fort Tyron Park in Upper Manhattan where you can find an extensive collection of art, architecture and artifacts collected from medieval Europe. The latest addition opened in 2016 at the Met Breuer on Madison Avenue in the Upper East Side and is home to the museums modern and contemporary programme of art.

Must Know

Audio Guides
The audio guide contains more than 3000 recordings and is available in ten languages (English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish). They are available at the entrance to each of the museum’s three locations and cost $7 per day.
The American Wing
The museum has collected important pieces of American Art since it first opened. The American Wing opened in 1924.
Ancient Near Eastern Art
This collection of more than 7,000 pieces dates from the 8th millennium BC through the centuries to the 7th century BC.
Art of Africa, Oceania and the Americas
The collections from sub-Saharan Africa, the Pacific Islands and the entirety of North, Central and South America contains more than 11,000 works of art across many genres.
Asian Art
More than 35,000 items are contained in the museum’s collection of Asian art. The age of the collection dates from the third millennium BC up to the 21st century. It is one of the world’s largest collections of Asian Art.
Drawings and Prints
This collection began in 1880 when a gift of 670 prints was given to the museum by one of its trustees, Cornelius Vanderbilt.
Egyptian Art
The Egyptian art collection contains 26,000 objects of artistic, cultural and historic importance and dates from the Paleolithic period of 300,000BC up to the period of the Romans in the 4th century AD.
European Paintings, Sculpture and Decorative Arts
This comprises of 2,500 paintings from the 13th century through to the early 20th century. While the sculpture and decorative art collection holds 50,000 objects from the 13th century through to the early 20th century.
Greek and Roman Art
The Greek and Roman art collection contains 30,000 items from the Neolithic period of 4500 BC up to 312BC.
Islamic Art
The diversity and range of Islamic art is highlighted in the collection dating from the 7th to the 19th centuries.
Medieval Art
This collection of art from medieval Europe through to the beginning of the Renaissance is one of the most comprehensive in the world.
Other Collections
Other collections include modern and contemporary art, musical instruments, photographs, the Robert Lehman Collection, Costumes and a collection of Arms and Armour.

Places Nearby

American Irish Historical Society
This museum was founded in 1897 by 50 American Irishmen wanting to record the story of the resettlement of so many Irish people into America throughout the history of the USA up to the present day. It has been described as a step back in time in a small (by American standards) mansion on 5th Avenue.
Belvedere Castle
This castle built in 1869 on 79th Street in Mid Central Park was originally built as a lookout post. The castle is built in a Rococo style and is now home to the Henry Luce Nature Observatory in addition to housing weather measuring devices. It reopened in 2019 after a period of renovation; you should allow 1-2 hours for a visit.
Ukrainian Institute of America
This small museum is located close to The Met and takes about 1 hour to visit. It costs just $8 and has several interesting exhibits that highlight the history of conflict in this part of the world. In addition to the museum there are several cultural events and concerts featured here.
Shakespeare Garden
Located in Central Park close to West Park Drive and 79th Street Transverse this is a delightful little hidden gem that allows you to forget you are in the centre of such a busy city. Wandering through the gardens you cannot see the high rise buildings that surround the park. There is a small marionette theatre cottage and the garden is full of well tended flowers.