A New York City Institution: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Being in New York City, we knew we had to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I mean, you have to — it’s part of the whole New York City experience! Plus, it’s a donation based fee to get in, so it can be a pretty cheap activity to do, and great for overly hot or rainy days. And since Matt had never been before and he LOVES museums, I knew we had to go.

I learned something about myself this trip (including our time in Italy). See, I always thought I liked museums. But as I started to get museum fatigue, I began to wonder…maybe I only like history museums? Most of the museums we were visiting on this trip had more of an art focus, and I was starting to find that my tolerance for hours of art isn’t as high as my tolerance for hours of history. I know they’re basically one and the same — art IS history — but there is some mental block for me. But then I realized something else — it wasn’t the art museums in general that I was losing interest in, it was specifically PAINTINGS. Matt loves the paintings sections and could spend hours there, and I would take a cursory glance around and be like, “I’m good, now let’s move on!”

It finally occurred to me that the place in the art museum where I feel the least bored is the sculpture halls. Maybe it’s something about how it’s more lifelike or 3-dimensional and I can feel the history more? Who knows. But there it is — I can complete the painting section in a few minutes, but I’ll go around and read every placard in the sculpture room. Hence why the majority of the following photos are sculptures and architectural!

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(P.S. — does anyone else think this Van Gogh painting looks freakishly like Jesse Tyler Ferguson?!?)

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After we felt we had explored the museum enough, we met our friends on the rooftop bar at the Met. The views were amazing! We totally intended to buy a drink, but after seeing that beers were approximately $15 we said no thanks, took some photos, and then went elsewhere in the city to find cheaper drinks. It kind of surprised me how many people were up there purchasing those pricey drinks, but hey, I guess that’s New York for you!

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What is your favorite section in art museums? Or do you love or loath them altogether? Share with us in the comments below!

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9 Responses to “A New York City Institution: The Metropolitan Museum of Art”

  1. Ruth - Tanama Tales November 17, 2015 at 7:05 pm #

    I have been two times in New York and I haven’t been able to visit the MET. I love museums and I think New York is the perfect place to indulge in this pleasure. Hope I can go back soon.
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    • Andrea November 18, 2015 at 10:39 am #

      Yes, you must go next time! It’s nice that it’s basically free, and it’s so large that each time you go you can see something new.

  2. Camila @ AdventitiousViolet November 18, 2015 at 7:31 am #

    I love your reflection on loving museums or not – to me it’s not even the kind of museum, sometimes it’s the company or how I feel. If I’m tired, going to the museum sounds okay because it doesn’t concretely take a lot of energy, but then my energy level just plunges. But if the content is interesting so much that it grabs my attention, then it means it’s really good 😀
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    • Andrea November 18, 2015 at 10:40 am #

      That’s true for me as well. I just like to have a lot of placards to read too, and art museums don’t usually have as many as history museums. So I think there’s not as much to hold my attention!

  3. Lauren November 20, 2015 at 12:28 pm #

    I get a little overwhelmed in museums sometimes too. After a while it kind of feels like your looking at the same thing over and over. I also just don’t know to much about art. You’ll usually find me in the old Egyptian sections admiring jewelry or Native American section gawking at apparel. Guess I’m more of a fashion girl. The MET does a reallllly good job though and I actually really enjoy it there! You captured all of the sculptures and the MET beautifully!! 😀 Thanks for linkin’ up!
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    • Andrea November 24, 2015 at 2:32 pm #

      Oh my goodness, I absolutely LOVE any sections of museums that have fashion-related exhibits. It’s so fascinating to me to see how the trends have changed, or sometimes, how they haven’t changed at all! I’ve often said that jewelry in exhibits looks like something I would still wear. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Ting at MTM November 29, 2015 at 9:13 am #

    The Met Museum is one of my favourite places to visit. I just love wandering all the exhibits and getting lost in the history. Plus the building is simple stunning in itself. It’s so big though, I don’t think I’ve even seen half of it properly! Thanks for linking up with #MondayEscapes
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    • Andrea December 3, 2015 at 1:42 pm #

      Agreed, it’s a very cool building! I’ve been there twice now and I still don’t feel like I’ve seen most of it.

  5. Teo @ Central Park Tours Blog June 29, 2016 at 4:59 am #

    This is such a great comprehensive guide! I’m pinning so everyone can come find this 🙂

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