The Metropolitan Museum of Art, located in New York, attracts millions of tourists from all over the world. The reason for this is a unique collection, greatly designed exhibitions and extremely welcoming staff-members.
Open daily, except for Mondays, and working till late in the evening, the Museum of Metropolitan Art offers daily guided tours to introduce the Metropolitan and its collection. The "Museum Highlights" tour is available in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. All guided tours begin in the Great Hall and are free with Museum admission. The Audio Guide provides visitors with interpretive audio programming about hundreds of art works in the Museum's permanent collection and special exhibitions-on a single listening device and for a single daily fee.
The New York Museum of Metropolitan Art has a well developed visitors and educational programs. Such as Gallery Talks and Lectures, given by famous scholars, museum staff and art students, they are usually connected with the exhibitions themselves or with this or that piece of art. Attending these classes helps understand and appreciate the art.
In formation since 1870, the Metropolitan Museum's collection now contains more than two million works of art from all points of the compass and from different time epochs. The Museum of Metropolitan Art offers you the following exhibitions: American decorative arts (with a great collection of furniture, ceramics and textiles from the 17th century up to the early 20thcentury ), American Paintings and Sculpture (exhibiting portraits and paintings from colonial up to modern days), Ancient Near Eastern Art (with stone relief and sculpture dating back to Neolithic Period, 8000 B.C. E.), Arms and Armour (with European, Asian, the Middle Eastern, and American armour and material accoutrements), Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas (boasting ritual objects and monuments, articles of personal adornment, and utensils for daily life from three continents and dozens of Pacific islands, 2000 B.C.E. to the present).
The Asian Arts collection of the Museum of Metropolitan Art shows ancient and modern art typical for China, Japan, Korea, and South and Southeast Asia. The Costume institute offers thousands of folk and theatrical costumes and dress accessories for women and men from different countries and centuries. Graphic art of the Renaissance and after, encompassing prints in all techniques can be seen on the Drawings and Prints exhibitions.
Egyptian Arts collection presents daily implements, and architecture dating back to the prehistoric Egypt through the Old, Middle, and New Kingdoms to the Roman period. As to Italian, Flemish, Dutch, French, Spanish, and British painters from the 12th up to the 19th century, their masterpieces are exhibited in European Paintings collection. European Sculpture and Decorative Arts collection offers period rooms for major European countries. Marble, bronze, and terracotta sculpture, vases, wall paintings, jewellery, gems, glass, and utilitarian objects from Greece, Rome and Cyprus are presented in the Greek and Roman Art collection. To the full extent the collection of Islamic Art shows different manuscripts and miniatures from the very founding of Islam.
A lot of works from the Italian and Northern Renaissance can be found in donated to the Museum of Metropolitan Art private Robert Lehman Collection. The museum also offers greatest masterpieces in the collections of Medieval and Modern Arts, as well as the unique collections of musical instruments and photographs, which are extremely popular with visitors. There is also a collection of textile, costumes and clothes from different countries and civilizations dating back to 3000 B.C.E.
Having gorgeous unique collections, specially organised classes and programs directed to the inside world of masterpieces, the Museum of Metropolitan Art is a real embodiment of art.