The state of Texas likes to brag that ” everything is bigger in Texas ” , and they just might have a point .
But they don’t have a thing on “The Big Apple “.
Everything isn’t just big in the “city that never sleeps”, it’s spread out.
If things look larger than life when you make that 30 Plus Teams Tour of New York City , you aren’t hallucinating .
Everything is HUMONGOUS here.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art , which is located on Fifth Avenue between 80th and 82nd Streets , is no ex exception .
It’s the largest art museum in the United States and it’s located on Fifth Avenue’s famous “Museum Mile”.
To say that one might need a whole day to explore this place isn’t stretching the truth .
You might actually need more than a day to see everything .
Even if you spend a whole day in the museum , you still might not see see everything .
It’s that big .
Forget walking up the stairs to enter the building , which looks like a mansion on steroids , just standing outside on the David H Koch Plaza right by the two fountains on either side , you can’t comprehend how big this place is .
You notice all the people making themselves at home on on the steps of the museum .
Or maybe all these people are resting their tired feet after spending so much time looking at almost everything in the museum .
The suggested admission price for the museum is $25, but pay what you wish .
If you happen to live in one of the five boroughs and you have a New York City ID card, you can get free admission for a year.
Trust me on this one , it’s worth having and the Metropolitan – Fifth Avenue isn’t the only museum in the five boroughs that accepts this card .
As with the other two branches , the Cloisters and Met Breuer , hold onto your ticket for same-day admission .
Since this museum is so big , the post on the Metropolitan Museum – Fifth Avenue is going to be in two parts .
Like the Met -Breuer , which I mentioned in an earlier post , ( sportsandtravelblog.wordpress.com / 2017/08/26/Start/Spreading -the -news -New – York -City -New – York -The – Metropolitan -Museum -of -Art – Breuer ), the Met – Fifth Avenue is open daily , but on Fridays and Saturdays , the museum is open until 9pm .
Also on Fridays and Saturdays , you may wish to check out the Petrie Court Café , which is located on the mezzanine level of the museum .
They also have live music .
I’m not even going to begin to tell you where to start looking in this museum .
They have floor plans in several different languages so that you can see where you’re going .
They also provide audio headsets if you wish to do a self tour .
They tell you all about the exhibits in front of you without being disturbed by all the conversation around you .
The brochure of the museum states that the museum has “5,000 years of Art from everywhere in the world . ”
That’s no exaggeration .
You will have to come back and even then you still might not see everything in this place .
On the first floor and mezzanine , there’s art from Egypt , Ancient Greece and Rome , as well as art from the Americas , Africa and the Pacific Islands .
One might assume that the museum is not only overwhelming for adults , but for the children too.
Younger children might enjoy the exhibits on Medieval Knights and Armor , but on the days that I visited , every preteen , tweenager, and teenager seemed to like looking at the mummies and any and everything that screamed Egypt .
You can take pictures in the museum , but be aware that some of the exhibits strictly forbid you from doing this , not to mention the security guards will not so gently come over to you and tell you , ” not to touch the exhibits and no pictures please . ”
If you get too overwhelmed by the museum , ( and trust me after an hour or two , you will . ), you can take a break at one of the many cafés and restaurants in the museum .
From May until October , you can unwind at The Roof Bar on the fifth floor .
If you don’t wish to do this , get ready to take that long walk up the stairs to see all that there is on the second and third floors .
Don’t worry if you can’t walk up all those flights of stairs , an elevator will take you up there as well .