Fee includes same-day admission to the Main Building and The Cloisters Museum & Gardens.
Why didn't anyone ever tell me that they had such wonderful ancient relics here?? On our last trip to NY, my husband and I decided to take our 14 yr old daughter and 11 year old son to the Met. Being that my daughter loves art, I figured this would be right up her alley, but I never thought I would love it just as much. This place has it all, from ancient Egyptian tombs to giant Buddhist statues to medieval knights to beautiful old paintings. In other words, there was something for everyone. The only CON is that it's way too big to see it all in one day. Your best bet is to go online, find the areas that you are most interested in seeing, and when you get to the museum and receive the map, circle all the areas you plan on visiting. Do not miss this museum next time you are in NY. Both you and your children will love it!
Tip: Since the museum admission is donation-based, don't pay full price for teens. Pay the student price instead. The student price is targeted for NYC students, but I asked the admissions lady if I could pay that same price for my daughter and she said no problem. It was cost-effective, especially since my husband and I were paying the full adult price.
My family isn't huge into art, but we do think that the history of ancient civilizations is pretty interesting, so we decided to check out The Met. We weren't disappointed! There are tons of artifacts from ancient Greece, Rome, and Egypt. We thought it was amazing how well some of these items, which are thousands of years old, are preserved. The Egyptian section was by far our favorite! There was a small temple, real mummies, part of a tomb. It was really neat to see! There aren't really any hands-on activities, though, so little kids will probably be pretty bored.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is an amazing place! Great for adults and teenagers. Middle schoolers will also be exposed to many great works of art. We took photographs in the museum. You can get many pics of the kids with the works of art- great momentos. There is a gift shop to purchase prints in postcard form. They are very inexpensive and can easily be put in a frame by your child. Great trip!
That one word really sums this place up. It exceeded my expectations in every way possible and I just can't stay away from this place. It's very kid-friendly surprisingly and the artwork here is simply stunning. I love the Tim Burton exhibit the most because his artistry and the presentation of the entire thing is just so surreal. I'd recommend this to everyone! You can't pass this up.
The Met is a wonderful place to introduce children to art and history. However, that being said, this museum is quite large and you can easily spend a week in here and still not see everything you'd like to see in detail. Grab a map and decide which galleries would suit your children's interests best and head there.
On this trip we didn't plan on staying long since it was part of a busy day. So we gave my eldest (age 9) what we referred to as a "crash course". We visited the egyptians, the armour, the african art and a few other spots that we knew would grab his attention. He was content to learn a little more about some things and study them closer, and others a quick glance was fine. He enjoyed himself but I don't think he would have had the patience to cover the entire museum.
You need to know your kids on this one and their attention span in deciding the length of time and which galleries to visit. It also requires a lot of walking so it might not be best for super little feet!
Kids under 12 are free (always a bonus!). Suggested admission price is $20 for adults but this is a suggested donation. They will still let you in if you choose to pay a lower price. Normally, I pay the suggested admission price. Really, you can't put a value on the experience you get here. However, I will admit, this is the first time I payed less to get in! Knowing we wouldn't be here long on this visit helped ease my guilt. My point of sharing this with you....if you are on a tight budget, don't pass this experience up because you feel it is too pricey! Make a smaller donation that will fit your budget and you will still be able to experience all of the wonderful art and culture.
I love this museum- we visited for just part of one day, and I easily could have spent a week here. It's just unbelievably massive and full of such amazing things to see. I especially liked the fact that this isn't just a museum where you're looking at art up on walls, there are courtyards and pyramids and suits of armor. It's all a little overwhelming, but so fun.
I was also really impressed with the cafeteria here- there were lots of healthy choices and plenty of things to chose from. We ate well, then were refueled for more museum-visiting!
Give yourself at least a full day to visit here- more if you can!
-- of course, but I'm not sure it would entertain a small child for long. But the collections are unbelievable -- just about everyone from middle school up will recognize many of the paintings and/or artists. The galleries are for the most part wide open, but I'd advise getting one of the free maps so you can find restrooms, the areas you're interested in, and your way back out --it's a maze in there. And of course, it's used by serious students of art, so noise control is appreciated. And it's a museum of all kinds of art, so if you're uncomfortable around paintings and sculptures of people without their clothes on, or the occasional rude word in a modern work, you probably ought to go somewhere else.
Admission is by donation, as mentioned, and I suppose you don't technically HAVE to pay anything, but you'd be frowned at. The museum itself is on the eastern edge of the middle of Central Park, so it's a long walk from the midtown hotels, but it's a very beautiful avenue and the sidewalks are wide. Or you can get there through the park, if you like. There are subway stations close by, and always plenty of taxis.
There are some really great works of art in the galleries at this museum. It is very close to Central Park, so you could pop in while you're out touring the city. When I went the admission was by donation only and there was a standard donation they preferred. It would be a great place to go if you were traveling and got rained out or if you live in the NYC area.
Housing more than two million international works of art from prehistory to present day, this is the country’s finest and most comprehensive art museum. With so much to see, it can be overwhelming, but if you let your child be your tour guide, go with the flow, and leave before you’re worn out, you’ll have a great time.
First stop should be the gift shop, where you’ll find a wonderful children’s introductory guide to this place INSIDE THE MUSEUM, by Joy Richardson. or let your children pick out an assortment of postcards of favorite or intriguing works of art, ad together embark on a treasure hunt to find the originals.
Using a map, plan your path past the following family favorites: the real mummies, tomb models, and the Temple of Dendur in the Egyptian wing; the renovated Arms and Armor gallery; the European and American period rooms mentioned in From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler; the musical instrument gallery; the Costume Institute; the statues and stained glass of the American Wing; the seasonal rooftop sculpture garden; and the more than 3,000 European master paintings.
Ask about the Family Audio Guide (one-hour tours, $) and special family programs (free with museum admission).