Colloquially known as “The Met’, the Metropolitan Museum of Art at 1000 Fifth Ave dwarfs any other museum in the nation and is amongst the 10 largest museums in the world. Anyone from a dedicated scholar to a curious and intrigued tourist will be blown away by the breadth and depth of the Museum’s collection.
The Museum has 2 million pieces in its collection, divided into 17 curatorial departments covering everything from classical antiquity and ancient Egypt, to every aspect and period of European art to American and modern, to Islamic art and Asian art. And the Museum also has a whole other building in another part of Manhattan ‘The Cloisters’ devoted exclusively to medieval art and is built from whole sections of abandoned medieval church buildings bought brick by brick to this new home.
If you are staying in NYC for a month you would just scratch the surface of the collections depending on what exactly it is you are interested in, whether it be art, sculpture, costumes, furniture, architecture, musical instrument, armory or glasswear. So like everything else in NYC it is best to approach the hugeness of the buildings and the Museum’s many collections by selecting things of most interest to you and focussing on those initially.