On my last day in New York our flight wasn’t till late in the evening so I figured it was the perfect time to go visit one of the museums as it’s a great way to spend the day in one place and soak up some culture. I’ve been dying to go to the Metropolitan Museum Of Art aka The MET, not only to stand on the ‘Gossip Girl’ steps but to see the amazing Egyptian collections. I’m pretty much a geek when it comes to Ancient Egyptian history and even had a hieroglyphics set when I was younger and also wanted to be an archaeologist, I have no idea what happened.
Before we went in I stopped for a picture on the famous steps, of course!
Once inside the MET you can check in your coat in the cloakroom, which was so good as I’d stupidly wore my fur coat on probably the warmest day we were these so it was a relief to take it off and relax and look round. Inside the museum is absolutely huge, so grab yourself a map to make sure you don’t miss anything.
We headed straight to the Egyptian Art on the 1st Floor which is a chronological display of more than 20,000 objects. It was amazing to see the Old Kingdom tomb and statues and the decorated sarcophagus’. I couldn’t believe how much there is to look at, this exhibition alone took a long time to look at. Where the Old Tomb is kept there is also a water area where you can throw in your pennies and the space itself is just amazing.
There is also a Cleopatra’s Needle exhibition which tells the history of the great obelisk which now stands in Central Park and you can see it from one of the windows of museum.
Moving on from the Egyptian era we ended up looking at the Arms and Armour and also the Arts of Africa, Greek and Roman Art, European Sculpture and Medieval Art. Each part of the museum just leads onto the next, you really do get quite lost. One thing to note is there is also free wifi which is great for sharing pictures or checking your email on the go for free.
I really wanted to see the Warhol paintings so we headed upstairs to the Modern and Contemporary Art where there are Andy Warhol’s, Roy Lichtenstein and paintings from Picasso. Not to mention modern sculptures and I loved this colour block display.
There are some amazing Faberge eggs to be seen and also on the ground floor I also spotted another Faberge Easter Egg from the hunt, this was definitely my favourite!
The MET museum is located on fifth avenue and is part of the museum mile. The museum mile is a stretch along fifth avenue of some of the best museums in New York. Including the MET, the Guggenheim and the National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts plus many others. I’d highly recommend venturing along, even if it’s just for the view of the Guggenheim, I love this building!
There is so much to see in the museum we really just didn’t have enough time, it really is a full day trip, so make sure you block off enough time and also if you want to have a wander up the Museum Mile too. I still had one last place I wanted to cross off my list before we headed to the airport, which is coming up in my final NYC post tomorrow!