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The line to get in looked very long, but it moved quickly with the security and Covid checks being handled in an efficient and friendly way. This museum is not to be missed. I like it as well or better than Musee D'Orsay!
If you really like art, you will need several trips to see the massive collections thoroughly. Highly recommend that you buy a membership ahead of time, not only will you save money on multiple visits, but you can use the members entrance and jump the line. Hopefully they will reopen the members dining room in the not too distant future. Truly on par with the world's great art museums like the Prado, Louvre, Kunsthistorische, and UK National Gallery.
Tickets are valid for 3 days and that is for a reason, there is so much to see. Use the website to see what they have and what you want to see. Use their map and mark off what rooms you have been to or you could end up going around in circles. Food is expensive, cappuccino was $5.25, Snickers/Cliff Bar was $4.25 so bring nibbles and water, just don't have them in the galleries.
Empty Met is A Special Experience Although expensive it is an indulgence highly recommended. 90 minutes with a small group and a passionate guide without the crowds. You walk through rooms that may not necessarily be your favourites and you learn about the art there as well as the history of the museum. Your photos with nobody around are impressive. You hear the din of general admission as it approaches 10am. Find your way to your favourite room at the end of the tour and for 10 minutes you will have quiet time with your favourite piece of art or sculpture for an unforgettable experience. It can make for a long day but well worth it.
The Met is an awesome museum! The entry sequence is daunting however. Find out from the information desk what is the best entrance for exactly what exhibit you want to see, and go into that specific entrance. The payment lines are all the same, so just look for the shortest one. There is a coak check at left which tends to be less crowded than the one at right. Good luck fighting the crowds and enjoy the wonderful art!
Book your tickets online rather than risk a walk in queue, especially on a peak holiday time. And do come with a full tummy! Because for art enthusiasts, it's gonna be at least 3 hours of getting lost inside. I spent 4 hours there and it was not enough. Ideally i would spend 5-6 hours there. Definitely the most epic and diverse collection for a museum I've ever visited.
MOMA and the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the great masterpieces in art. Also, For those who haven't been to Europe, definitely The Cloisters.
Definitely the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)/ the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum particularly the Jeff Koons Exhibition which is a must to visit.