The Metropolitan Museum of Art, known as the Met, is the largest art museum in the US and one of the ten largest in the world. It’s permanent collection contains more than 2 million works of art.
The main building, located on the eastern edge of Central Park along Manhattan’s Museum Mile, is by area one of the world’s largest art galleries, occupying about 2 million square feet of space.
It has four floors of tens of thousands of art objects on display every day.
The museum was founded in 1870 by a group of businessmen and financiers in New York, as well as some leading artists of the time. It was opened on February 20, 1872 in a different location. Later in 1902, today’s current Beaux-Arts architecture building was opened at its current location to accommodate the expanded collection of the museum.
The expansion of the main building didn’t stop there, and further expansions were carried out as late as 1991.
Represented in the museum’s permanent collection are works of art from classical antiquity and Ancient Egypt, paintings and sculptures from nearly all the European masters, and an extensive collection of American and modern art. The Met also has extensive collections of African, Asian, Oceanic, Byzantine, and Islamic art.
The museum is home to collections of musical instruments, costumes and accessories, and antique weapons and armor from around the world.
The roof garden is located on the roof of the museum at the southwest corner and affords views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline.
There’s a cafe and bar which is a popular spot to meet and discuss the exhibits.
In the summertime, there’s usually a sculpture exhibition in the garden devoted to the works of a single featured artist.