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Metropolitan Museum of Art

One of the best places that you need to visit while you are in New York is the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This Metropolitan Museum of Art is considered to be the biggest in the United States and of one the biggest in the world. It boasts for holding more than two million works and has a diverse collection of different culture and history.

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This Metropolitan Museum of Art opened in February 20, 1872 after it has been founded by a group of American citizens in 1870. The Metropolitan Museum of Art was located at 681 Fifth Avenue originally and has been moved to 1000 Fifth Avenue. Perhaps, the reason why is because of its growing number of collections that has been exhibited in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art holds extensive collection which comprises the Asian, African, Byzantine, Oceanic and Islamic art which, by far, among the most precious pieces that can sometimes be unique and can no longer be found elsewhere in the world.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art also includes the Costume Institute which exhibits more than 35,000 costumes and accessories of famous fashion designers such as Gianni Versace, Jacqueline Onassis, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, and many more. There have also been exhibits in the Metropolitan Museum of Art presenting the fashion sense and styles of famous rock artists that have taken the world by storm such as The Beatles, David Bowie and Madonna. Since January 14, 2014, the name of the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art has been changed into Anna Wintour Costume Center.

Aside from the abovementioned exhibit, the Metropolitan Museum of Art also houses the Egyptian Art that have been donated from private collections and some were even taken from the archeological excavations which were done by the Metropolitan Museum of Art itself. There are over 26, 000 pieces of artifacts that are being displayed in the 40 Egyptian galleries in Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Egyptian wing. Among the most famous piece would include the Mummy.

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The pieces are not limited to artifacts that came from the different parts of the world. Of course, the Metropolitan Museum of Art also shelters the paintings of the world-renowned artists such as Vincent van Gogh, Rembrandt, Pablo Picasso and among others.

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Among the most celebrated paintings of van Gogh in the Metropolitan Museum of Art include the Self-Portrait with Straw Hat and Cypresses; Rembrandt’s masterpiece includes Aristotle Contemplating the Bust of Homer and Picasso’s Portrait of Gertrude Stein. There are a lot more paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art that have been painted in the 1700s era.

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What makes this Metropolitan Museum of Art really nice is that anyone can visit since it does not require visitors to pay a certain amount; rather, they have this pay what you wish but suggest a payment of $25. This non-payment of a fixed amount of entrance fee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art makes it more appealing to guests and museum-goers as especially for those who can’t really afford to pay yet are willing to learn about arts and history.

Related external links:

http://wayback.archive.org/web/20090503030705/http://www.artinfo.com/galleryguide/19639/6185/the-metropolitan-museum-of-art-new-york/about/

http://www.metmuseum.org/about-the-museum/museum-departments/curatorial-departments

http://www.humanitiesweb.org/human.php?s=g&p=a&a=i&ID=1138