Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Metropolitan Museum of Art
Located o­n the east side of Central Park in New York City, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has a permanent collection with over two million pieces of art. The art work covers a broad span of time and cultures, ranging from Ancient Egypt to Renaissance Europe, from the Classical period to contemporary art.

The Met opened in 1872 o­n Fifth Avenue. Twenty years later it moved to its current location at 82nd street. The facade of the Met is instantly recognizable. It is in the Beaux Arts style and features several columns. Stairs lead up to the entrance.

The collections at the Met include more than just paintings. The museum owns a collection of armor and weapons, a decorative arts collection that includes pieces by the lamp maker Tiffany and an extensive costume collection. A rooftop garden has rotating exhibitions of sculpture. The garden offers museum visitors great views of Manhattan. The Cloisters at the Met are a separate building that focuses o­n Medieval art and houses paintings, stained glass and sculptures. The Cloisters are located further north that the main building of the museum, in Fort Tryon Park.

The Met also has temporary exhibitions that focus o­n the work of o­ne artist or a school of artists. Temporary exhibitions focus o­n a variety of styles and periods. Exhibitions in 2010 included Australian Aboriginal painters, an exhibition of contemporary photographs from the museum's collection and artifacts from Tutankhamen's burial.

The Met museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. It stays open until 9 p.m. o­n Fridays and Saturdays.