Metropolitan Museum Of Art

1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
New York, NY 

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Sunday-Tuesday & Thursday 10 am–5 pm
Friday & Saturday 10 am–9 pm
Closed Wednesday

$30 (suggested), $17/students, free/ages 12 & under

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Explore a vast collection that spans millennia and continents. You might get lost searching for iconic favorites in the grand halls and you’ll definitely discover fascinating art that appeals all ages.

🚪 On crowded days (or any day), enter through the accessible, stroller-friendly Uris Center for Education entrance on 81st Street for shorter lines & spacious bathrooms.

🎟  Pay-what-you wish tix available at the admissions desks for New York State residents with an ID. Coat check is temporarily closed.

🏺 There is so much to see! From the education center, go through the lovely Greek and Roman Galleries, currently featuring redproductions in their original vibrant hues  inChroma: Ancient Sculpture in Color.

🖼 The must-see Van Goghs, Monets and Degas ballerinas in 19th- And Early 20th-Century European Paintings And Sculptures are on the second floor, along with intricate textiles and architecture in Art of the Arab Lands and a striking Ellsworth Kelly rainbow mural and giant Jackson Pollock paintings in Modern and Contemporary Art.

🏙  Take the elevator (and some stairs) to stunning views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline plus get fresh air and snacks (choose from fancy popcorn, chips etc or bring your own at the spacious Roof Garden).

🌍 Also amid the extravagant period rooms, see fascinating artworks in all sorts of media in Before Yesterday We Could Fly: An Afrofuturist Period Room, an an imagining of what might have been if a Seneca Village survived.

👑 Chill in the serene Astor Chinese Garden Court on your way to walking like an Egyptian around the Temple of Dendur. Say hello to nearby crocodile and feline statues and lots of mummies throughout the stunning Egyptian wing. Admire enchanting sculptures, fountains and Central Park in the American Wing Courtyard. Compare the chain mail of European knights on horseback with elaborate Japanese samurai gear in Arms and Armor.

❓ And so much more…wander around and be surprised and delighted as your kid finds his or her own favorites. Ask friendly information desk workers (or search online) for whatever kids are into- we’ve discovered works with turtles, trains, chess, princesses and other current obsessions. Security guards can help direct when you inevitably get lost.

⛲️ Bring coins to make wishes in the beautiful fountains in the Greek and Roman Galleries and American Wing plus the water show out front.

🗺 Pick up a fun family map/guide plus rotating themed kid-friendly guides by the admission desks. Look at and perhaps print more guides online with titles like Explore Arms and Armor: Fierce or Fancy?, Animals All Around and Percy Jackson & the Olympians, or pick up.

📱 Stream select audio content in the galleries on your phone for free. Audio guide rentals not available.

🖌 Join excellent free family programs including art-making in the galleries. Bring pencils for sketching.

🌳 Play before or after at the Egyptian-inspired Ancient Playground just north of the museum in Central Park.

🍽  Enjoy hot coffee, other beverages, and snacks in the gorgeous American Wing, or head downstairs to the reimagined Eatery with seasonal dishes including kid-friendly options (open 11 am–4 pm).

🍽  More meal options at Bluestone Lane in (and outside) a historic church a few blocks north. Pick up classic treats including the famous black-and-white cookies at nearby William Greenberg.

🛍 Gift shops can be found throughout the museum, with the largest one off the Grand Hall. Try out fun toys and shop for wonderful books, sensory fidgets, art supplies, costume and more in he kids section.

📘 Prepare for your visit (or reminisce after) by reading You Can’t Take a Balloon into the Metropolitan Museum which pairs the adventures of a balloon flying around NYC with artwork from the Met. Dream about a museum sleep-over with the classic chapter book From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.

Before Yesterday We Could Fly: An Afrofuturist Period Room

Explore a fantastical reimagining of what if Seneca Village—a vibrant nineteenth-century predominantly Black community-displaced to make way for Central Park- had been allowed to thrive into the present and beyond. Every artwork, from Bamileke beadwork and 19th-century American ceramics to new pieces, each telling a rich story (explained through informative descriptions throughout)

Like other period rooms throughout the Museum, this installation is a fabrication of a domestic space that assembles furnishings to create an illusion of authenticity. Unlike these other spaces, this room rejects the notion of one historical period and embraces the African and African diasporic belief that the past, present, and future are interconnected and that informed speculation may uncover many possibilities. Powered by Afrofuturism—a transdisciplinary creative mode that centers Black imagination, excellence, and self-determination and activated through vision, sound, and storytelling, and furnished with a kaleidoscope of works from The Met’s collection—from Bamileke beadwork and 19th-century American ceramics to contemporary art and design that celebrates rich and diverse traditions—the room foregrounds generations of African diasporic creativity and celebrates Black history.

See our guide to the Met.

Met Roof Garden

Take in stunning views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline from the roof of the Met. Logistics prevented this year’s installation dues, but it is a still a lovely spot for fresh air and snacks. Purchase fancy popcorn, nuts, chips, prosciutto skewers and more plus fruity adults beverages from the rooftop cafe  – or bring your own food.

⁣Closed on rainy days.

See our guide to the Met.

The Met

Explore a vast collection that spans millennia and continents. You might get lost searching for iconic favorites in the grand halls, and you’ll definitely discover fascinating art that appeals all ages.

From the less-crowded education center entrance at 81st Street, go through the lovely Greek and Roman Galleries. The must-see Van Goghs, Monets and Degas ballerinas in 19th- And Early 20th-Century European Paintings And Sculptures are on the second floor, along with intricate textiles and architecture in Art of the Arab Lands and a striking Ellsworth Kelly rainbow mural and giant Pollock paintings in Modern and Contemporary Art.

*  Take the elevator (and some stairs) to stunning views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline plus get fresh air and a snack at the spacious Roof Garden.

*  See fascinating artworks in all sorts of media in Before Yesterday We Could Fly: An Afrofuturist Period Room, an imagining of what might have been if a Seneca Village survived among ornate Period Rooms. See a Chinese garden, Eqyptian temples, knights on horseback and so much more…wander around and be surprised and delighted as your kid finds his or her own favorites. Ask friendly information desk workers (or search online) for whatever kids are into- we’ve discovered works with turtles, trains, chess, princesses and other obsessions.

See our complete guide to the Met.

Sunday-Tuesday & Thursday 10 am–5 pm
Friday & Saturday 10 am–9 pm
Closed Wednesday

 

Chroma: Ancient Sculpture in Color

Did you know Ancient Greek and Roman sculpture was once colorful? Learn the colorful backstory of polychromy (“many colors” in Greek) in an exhibit highlighting cutting-edge scientific methods used to identify ancient color and examining how color helped convey meaning in antiquity.⁣⁣
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Presented alongside original Greek and Roman works representing similar subjects are reconstructions of ancient sculptures in color, as well as a new reconstruction of The Met’s Archaic-period Sphinx finial. The reconstructions are the result of a wide array of analytical techniques, including 3D imaging and rigorous art historical research. ⁣⁣
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Explore more (and bring a sphinx sculpture into your space) with a Chroma AR experience.

Metropolitan Museum Of Art Storytime

Look, listen, sing, and have fun with picture books; then continue your adventure with a self-guided gallery hunt in the Museum. Geared toward families with children ages 18 months–6, but all ages welcome. Space is limited; first come, first served. In the Uris Center for Education; enter at the (less-crowded, stroller-friendly) W 81st St entrance.

See our guide to the Met.

Start with Art/Art Trek

Fabulous museum educators engage children in conversations and activities related to a few works in the vast collection. Share ideas and enjoy stories, sketching, singing, and other gallery activities that bring works of art to life. Share ideas and enjoy stories, sketching, singing, and other gallery activities that bring works of art to life. This month’s theme is Familias in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Art Trek is recommended for families with children ages 7 to 11 years; Start with Art for ages 3 to 6. Free with Museum admission, no reservations required.

See our complete guide to visiting the Met.

Griffins, Goblets, and Gold: A Wizarding Tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Find the bust of the Voldemort look-alike and other surprising connections in an interactive ‘wizarding’ tour in the magical Metropolitan Museum inspired by the Harry Potter books. See spaces, places and objects similar to those in the books, from part of an actual castle to depictions of mythical creatures like griffins and dragons.

Includes scavenger hunts, creative activities, fun items to take home and lots of fascinating information. Explore lesser-known spaces of the vast museum (you walk quite a bit) as you learn about Hogwarts and history. We were accompanied by an 11-year-old super fan (she’s read the series 8 times) who described the tour as ‘down-right awesome’ and my 7-year-old (who’s only read the first book) had just as much fun. Appropriate interactive wizarding gear is encouraged. Advance reservations required.

Available at other times on request for private events. A junior version geared towards ages 5-7 is also an option.

Start with Art and Music

Explore art and music in the galleries while you look, move, and sing. Fabulous museum educators engage children in conversations and activities related to a few works in the vast collection while listening to live music. Share ideas and enjoy stories, sketching, singing, and other gallery activities that bring works of art to life. Share ideas and enjoy stories, sketching, singing, and other gallery activities that bring works of art to life.

This month’s theme is Familias in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

See our guide to visiting the Met.

Drop-in Drawing

Experience The Met collection through creative drawing challenges in the galleries with expert teaching artists. Materials are provided, but you may bring your own sketchbook. Only pencils are allowed in the galleries.

Demonstrations repeat every 30 minutes. For visitors of all ages.

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Start with Art at the Met

Fabulous museum educators engage children in conversations and activities related to a few works in the vast collection. Share ideas and enjoy stories, sketching, singing, and other gallery activities that bring works of art to life. Share ideas and enjoy stories, sketching, singing, and other gallery activities that bring works of art to life.

This month’s theme is Familias in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Also on some Saturday afternoons.

See our guide to visiting the Met.

The Wizard School Scavenger Hunt at The Met

Follow in the footsteps of young wizards on a field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in search of art that echoes characters, places and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies. Track down a powerful sorceress, a Snape-like potions master, flying owls and dragons, Hagrid-like giants, centaurs and unicorns like those you’d see in the Forbidden Forest, strange mermaids and sharks that seem straight out of the Triwizard Tournament, fierce knights in armor, and cloaked and masked figures as scary as any Death Eater or Dementor.

Wizards and muggles alike can play and enjoy this hunt. A great way to discover—or rediscover—the Met.

World Culture Festival: Makers

Celebrate art, culture, and makers during The Met’s annual fall festival. Explore how people around the world find inspiration through materials and technology, and use your own creativity to experiment with new and traditional art-making techniques.

Enjoy performances, storytelling, interactive gallery activities, and artist-led workshops throughout the Museum. For all ages.

See our complete guide to visiting the Met.