The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the most famous art museums in the world, and probably the most well-known of New York City's many art museums. It is located on the Museum Mile, which stretches along Central Park on the Upper East Side. If you are walking through Central Park, you can find the museum by moving toward the Obelisk, a large Central Park monument that is next to the museum. The Met has a suggested donation rate, but you can enter with a donation of any size.
One of the Met's most famous collections is its Egyptian exhibit. This collection includes over 26,000 items spanning 39 rooms. A reconstructed tomb of an Egyptian courtier, Perneb, is one of the most visually stunning parts of this collection.
The Met also hosts eight galleries of medieval art, including a room that is designed to evoke the design of a medieval church. Most of the medieval art is based on Christian themes, since almost all art produced in Europe during this period was commissioned by the church. However, the museum also hosts extensive collections of Buddhist, Islamic, and Jewish art, as well as works from many other faiths and cultures.
Those who enjoy music should visit the museum's André Mertens Galleries for Musical Instruments. This collection includes more than 800 specimens of musical instruments from different musical disciplines. Fashion lovers should not miss the Costume Institute. This unique hall is home to a series of rotating exhibits showcasing styles of dress from different time periods and cultures. Some exhibits focus on a particular designer, acting as a retrospective of the designer's works throughout his or her career.
In addition to its extensive permanent collection, the Met has hosted temporary exhibits on topics including the Isle of Lewis chess pieces, modern American art masters, heroes of Africa, and the works of Picasso, among thousands of others. The museum offers children's programming throughout the year, as well as walking tours in many languages.