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New York City is a feeling which you can never have enough of. You can spend your life here and may experience or explore something new each day. If you are first time visitor to the city, you must be having a long list of places to visit and tastes to savor. Does it already have the Metropolitan Museum of Art? Double-check? And if it is not already there, better add it as there are no ways you would want to skip this majestic place.
To be honest, it is not a place you would be done within a day or two as it is the largest art museum in the United States. You should spare a week at least to get the maximum glimpse of the museum. For your kind information, it has archives of over two million pieces which are divided among seventeen departments.
There is no way you can check everything but whatever you could manage in your time frame would be more than enough.
You may visit chosen galleries among many in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and may get lost in the magnificence of culture and history.
Some of the Most Popular Attractions to Explore in the Museum are as Under:
Several Most Iconic Masterpieces of our Human History are Placed Here, Such As:
These are a few to name among many which lend elegance and class to the museum.
There is a separate hall in the Metropolitan Museum of Art where 50,000 art pieces are placed from European medieval history. One gets lost in the historical details and feels oneself like a character from history. The presentation of sculptures is classic that one cannot help but applaud the management. Most of the pieces are recovered from Europe and the Mediterranean.
Most of the statues kept in the museum used to be garden adornments. You may found many dotted all over the museum in beautiful surroundings where you may sit and can nearly strike a conversation, a soul to soul-deep conversation with them. These three statues have their separate fan base as they bring beauty and perfection before you.
Placed in gallery #170, this well-preserved chariot dates back to the pinnacle of Roman and Greek civilization. It was found by a farmer during the tilling of his lands in 1902.
Towards the second half of the 19th century, the museum started collecting ancient art. Today, it has nearly 7,000 masterpieces of art ranging from ancient to medieval history. It almost represents the complete ancient history including craft from the Sumerian, Hittite, Sasanian, Assyrian, and Babylonian periods. It boasts a wide collection of unique Bronze Age objects from the Elamite cultures.
It is only a recent past when the museum started acquiring artifacts from Africa and Oceania. The idea was pioneered by philanthropist Nelson A. Rockefeller who donated his collection of almost 3,000 pieces to the museum in 1969. It took a decade to finally open “The Michael C. Rockefeller Wing” containing masterpieces from Africa and Oceania.
With time, the collection rose higher and today number reflects that it has more than 11,000 art pieces from Africa and the pacific islands. Rockefeller Wing expands over the area of 40,000-square-foot towards the south end of the museum. Historically, it ranges from 3,000 B.C.E. to the present. Famous pieces are 40,000-year-old indigenous Australian rock paintings and objects from the Nigerian Court of Benin.
Note: It is planned to extend the space of The Michael C. Rockefeller Wing’s exhibition area from 2020 to 2023.
There is a separate department for Asian Art. It has a collection of 35,000 pieces. The history represents 4,000 years of Asian Art. Along with art collections from the subcontinent, Nepalese, Tibetan, Burma, Thailand, it has archives of Chinese paintings. The ancient religions of this Asia Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism are shown in their cultural perspectives.
American history is well represented in the galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It has a historical range from the 18th through the early 20th century. It spans over an area of 30,000 square feet which exhibits American culture and history.
Come to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art and dive into the pool of knowledge and cultural artifacts. It is not merely American history there but that of our whole humanity which expands over 6,000 years of human evolution.
Visit it to have one of the most incredible and wonderful days of your life.