The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met Museum, Met Fifth Avenue or The Met), is New York City’s encyclopedia of art and human culture. It covers 5,000 years of human history.
Fashionistas love the Costume Institute. The Met Gala is one of America’s most important fashion moments.
There are great exhibitions and views on the Met Rooftop. You can have a drink or snack up there.
The Met Cloisters, in Upper Manhattan, houses some of the Met’s medieval collection. The building is reconstructed from several French cloisters and other buildings from Europe.
Latin Culture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
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African American Art
“The Harlem Renaissance and Transatlantic Modernism” shows how after the Great Migration from the South, led to the Harlem Renaissance in Black Arts which influenced the international modern art movement; at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Central Park; from February 25 – July 28, 2024. $30 (NY state residents pay-what-you-wish). metmuseum.org 🇺🇸
“Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion” is an immersive exhibition that connects four centuries of fashion with the natural cycles of death and rebirth; at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Central Park; from May 10 – September 2, 2024. $30 (NY state residents pay-what-you-wish). metmuseum.org 🇺🇸
Metropolitan Museum of Art Tickets
Tickets are good for same day admission to the Met Fifth Avenue and Met Cloisters. New Yorkers can pay what you wish.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
(at 82nd St)
Central Park (Upper East Side), Manhattan
(4) (5) (6) to 86th St.
(M)(N)(Q)(R) to 86th St
Subways on the West Side
(1) to 86th St. Take the M86 bus across town to Fifth Avenue
(C) to 81st St. Take the M79 bus across town to Fifth Avenue
Ongoing Exhibitions of Latin Art
It’s hard not to notice the similarities between traditional art of the Americas and Mother Africa. Our English heritage taught a culture of separation, but the most striking thing is how similar we all are.
Native American Art
“Grounded in Clay: The Spirit of Pueblo Pottery” is an exhibition curated by Native American communities that shows how Pueblo and Hopi pottery was itself an expression of community; at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Central Park: from July 13, 2023 – June 4, 2024; $30 (NY state residents pay-what-you-wish). metmuseum.org 🇺🇸
“Art of Native America: The Charles and Valerie Diker Collection” shows the diversity, complexity, and influence of Native American art from over fifty Indigenous groups is ongoing. metmuseum.org
“Victorian Masterpieces from the Museo de Arte de Ponce, Puerto Rico” is a special installation of five European masterpieces from the Ponce collection, including Frederic Leighton’s “Flaming June;” while the museum in Ponce is repaired after the 2020 earthquakes that shook southwestern Puerto Rico. Through February 2024. metmuseum.org 🇵🇷
African & African Diaspora Art
“Africa & Byzantium” shows the cultural connections between medieval Africa and Byzantium, the eastern Rome in what is now Türkiye, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Central Park; from November 19, 2023 – March 3, 2024. $30 (NY state residents pay-what-you-wish). metmuseum.org 🇪🇬 🇪🇹
“The African Origin of Civilization compares West African, Central African and Egyptian art to show how human civilization began in Africa, from Dec 14, 2021 ongoing. metmuseum.org 🇧🇯 🇨🇩 🇪🇬 🇨🇮 🇬🇭 🇲🇱 🇬🇳 🇳🇬 🇸🇸
“Before Yesterday We Could Fly: An Afrofuturist Period Room” builds an African Diaspora past-present-future narrative around a reimagined room in Seneca Village, the African American neighborhood displaced to build Central Park. The exhibition is ongoing. metmuseum.org 🇺🇸
The Greek and Roman Art gallery contains art from Italy and from the height of the Roman expansion around the Mediterranean. I always thought the Romans copied Greek culture. Actually, they absorbed the culture of Greek settlers in the shoe of Italy and Sicily. Migration can be a very good thing.
The Modern and Contemporary Art gallery displays masterworks from when Paris was the global center of art.
The European Sculpture and Decorative Arts gallery displays large-scale European sculptures and some decorative arts from Latin America.
The Robert Lehman Collection contains European art and decorative objects including Italian Maiolica glass.
The Medieval Art gallery surveys European art from the fall of Rome to the Renaissance.
The Arms and Armor gallery displays European armor.
About the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded in 1870 and moved to its main location in Central Park in 1880. The Met Fifth Avenue has a Beaux-Arts facade in front of over two million square feet of museum.
The Met is an art museum, but it’s really a museum of human culture that tells the story of all of us.
The Met is doing great work showing how African Diaspora culture is a vital part of our American culture, and also influences global culture. Thank you!
The Met Museum puts many images and a lot of art history online. You can easily spend days visiting the museum, or the website. Either is time well spent.
The museum is in Central Park, but the entrances open to the Upper East Side.