Immerse Yourself in Hundreds of Years of History at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
No visit to New York City is complete without a tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Located in the heart of the city on Fifth Avenue in Central Park, this massive museum boasts four levels of displays offering a maze of exciting exhibits for hours of enjoyment. As you exit the bustling Manhattan streets and pass through the columns of the stately building, you will be transported to ancient civilizations and mysterious cultures. Long-time art and history lovers as well as the curious newcomers will be pleased to explore ancient artifacts and famous paintings housed in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Planning Your Visit
Because the museum is home to a myriad of rotating exhibits and in-house collections, it can be overwhelming to plan your visit. With a little preparation, however, you can get ready to get the most out of your time at the Met. Spend some time researching the exhibits currently on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art before you arrive. With even a cursory idea of what to expect in the art you might see on your tour, you will be able to take in the immense treasures of the museum. Plus, it is always advisable to get a sense of an exhibit’s significance in the context of history and culture in order to maximize your enjoyment and understanding as you view the pieces in person.
Enjoy the Pergamon and the Hellenistic Kingdoms of the Ancient World
For the first time in the United States, a major international loan exhibition will focus on the astonishing wealth, outstanding artistry, and technical achievements of the Hellenistic period—the three centuries between Alexander's death, in 323 B.C., and the establishment of the Roman Empire, in the first century B.C. Examples in diverse media—from marble, bronze, and terracotta sculptures to gold jewelry, vessels of glass and engraved gems, and precious metals and coins—reveal the enduring legacy of Hellenistic artists and their profound influence on Roman art. This exhibition will bring together some 264 artworks that were created through the patronage of the royal courts of the Hellenistic kingdoms, with an emphasis on the ancient city of Pergamon.
Court & Cosmos: The Great Age of the Seljuqs
This landmark international loan exhibition will feature spectacular works of art created in the 11th through 13th century from Turkmenistan to the Mediterranean. Approximately 270 objects—including ceramics, glass, stucco, works on paper, woodwork, textiles, and metalwork—from American, European, and Middle Eastern public and private collections will be shown. Many of the institutions have never lent works from their collections before. Among the highlights will be a dozen important loans from Turkmenistan, marking the first time that Turkmenistan as an independent country has permitted an extended loan of a group of objects to a museum in the United States.
Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology
The Costume Institute's spring 2016 exhibition, presented in the Museum's Robert Lehman Wing, will explore how fashion designers are reconciling the handmade and the machine-made in the creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear. With more than 120 ensembles dating from the early 20th century to the present, the exhibition will address the founding of the haute couture in the 19th century, when the sewing machine was invented, and the emergence of a distinction between the hand (manus) and the machine (machina) at the onset of mass production. It will explore this ongoing dichotomy, in which hand and machine are presented as discordant tools in the creative process, and question the relationship and distinction between haute couture and ready-to-wear.
Jerusalem 1000–1400: Every People Under Heaven
This exhibition will illuminate the key role that the Holy City played in shaping the art of the period from 1000 to 1400. Nearly a quarter of the objects will come from Jerusalem, including key loans from its religious communities, some of which have never before shared their treasures outside their walls. Jerusalem 1000–1400, Every People Under Heaven will bear witness to the crucial role that the city has played in shaping world culture, a lesson vital to our common history.
Purchase Your Tickets in Advance and Avoid the Long Lines
You can avoid the long lines for admission tickets by purchasing your tickets in advance for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Make a memorable, cultured stop on your New York City adventure.
*Includes same-day access to The Met Breuer and The Met Cloisters.
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After your online purchase you will be redirected to a page with your voucher. An order confirmation, with a link to your online voucher, will also be e-mailed to you within two hours of completing your purchase. Redeem at any of the visitor center locations listed on the voucher. At the visitor center, simply show your voucher on your mobile phone or bring a printed copy.