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European Sculpture Gallery, Beaux Arts facade of the Metropolitan Museum, and detail of a Sea Monster    |    Photos: The Metropolitan Spirit

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The halls of ancient stones and galleries of historic paintings at The Metropolitan Museum breathe life and joy to visitors from around the world.  The museum, located on 5th Avenue and 82nd Street, is open Sunday - Thursday 10 - 5:15 and Friday and Saturday 10 - 8:45.

The Great Hall

The Great Hall of the Metropolitan Museum is one of great interior spaces in New York City, surpassed only by the Main Concourse in Grand Central Station.  Particularly noteworthy are the gracious monumental flower arrangements.

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Soaring space and monumental flower arrangements of the Great Hall of the Metropolitan Museum of Art    |    Photos: The Metropolitan Spirit

The Greek Galleries

Turn left from the Great Hall into the Greek Galleries. Few walks lift the spirit quite as much as the thrilling stroll into sky lit Greek Grand Gallery.  The Greek and Roman galleries still radiate from the Metropolitan’s spectacular renovations at the turn of the 21st century, especially the restoration of the central ceiling and the exquisite presentation of the art work with brilliant lighting and background colors.

Red Figure Krater - Photo: The Metropolitan SpiritRed Figure Amphora - Photo: The Metropolitan SpiritCypriot Sculpture of a Votary - Photo: The Metropolitan Spirit
   Greek Red Figure Krater, Red Figure Amphora, and Cypriot sculpture of a Votary.    |    Photos: The Metropolitan Spirit

The presentation of the objects follow the flow of history from Archaic to Classical to Hellenistic to Roman.  Many more Greek works are displayed in the mezzanine up the stairs near the massive Corinthian column between the Greek Galleries and the Roman Court.  Further up the stairs on the second floor are the magnificent Cesnola Cypriot Galleries, less renowned perhaps, but among the most beautifully presented rooms in the museum.

The Roman Court

Beyond the massive Corinthian column is the lovely Roman Court, rich with sculptures and fresco paintings.  The Roman Court is particularly delightful during the quiet hours after 7 p.m. when the museum is open late on Friday and Saturday nights.

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    Fresco from Villa at Boscoreale, the Roman Court, Bust of Zeus     |    Photos: The Metropolitan Spirit

European Old Master Paintings: 14th — 18th Centuries

From the Great Hall ascend the Great Staircase and go though the glass doors to the Old Master European Painting Galleries of Italian, Spanish, Dutch, German, French, and English masterpieces.

On display are works by Giotto, Titian, El Greco, Tintoretto, Veronese, Velasquez, Goya, Van Dyck, Rubens, Vermeer, Rembrandt, Durer, Boucher, Fragonard, Watteau, Reynolds, Constable, and Gainsborough.

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         The Metropolitan's Collection of Old Master Paintings include masterpieces by El Greco and Giotto.   |    Photos: The Metropolitan Spirit

19th Century European Paintings

Ascend the Great Staircase and take a quick left, walking through the long corridor of Drawings to the 19th Century European Paintings.  Here are many of the most famous masterpieces by the most beloved painters of the 19th century: Delacroix, Turner, Corot, Courbet, Manet, Cezanne, Degas, Pisarro, Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, and Gauguin.

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            Landcape by Pissarro, Cathedral by Monet, Patient Dog by Renoir in the Impressionist Galleries.    |    Photos: The Metropolitan Spirit
~ Intimations of The Metropolitan Spirit ~
           ~ About Us ~

Celebrating the culture and life of New York and the people who have relished the city in their work and in their lives.


~ Dancing Past Beats ~

In the 50's a few high spirited women haunted the Beat cafes in Greenwich Village and went on to live as ex-pats in Paris.


~ F. Scott in New York ~

F. Scott Fitzgerald recalls his experience of New York, defining the Metropolitan Spirit and his three symbols of the city.

        ~ Walks ~

Some of the most magical walks in New York begin at Cedar Hill in Central Park near 5th Av. and 79th St.


  ~ Writers of New York ~

E. B. White and Paul Goldberger stand with F. Scott Fitzgerald as perhaps the most enchanting writers of New York.


    ~ Films of New York ~

Ric Burns’ The Center of the World is one of the most brilliant and moving films ever made.

        ~ Glad Tidings ~

We send you glad tidings from New York.  Van Morrison returned to the city to play Forest Hills Stadium.


       ~ Opera ~

The Metropolitan Opera's 2016 - 17 season will include beloved works by Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, and Bizet.


     ~ September 1l ~

In the days after September 11 thousands of flyers and bulletins went up in public places around New York City.