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Metropolitan Museum of Art beautiful use of time, money

Editor-in-Chief Tasha Brown stands next to the famous painting, "Washington Crossing the Delaware," to show the immensity of the painting.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art is not only for history buffs and art critics, but is fun for children and even those who do not have a particular fixation for art. The building is monstrous in size, with beautiful faces and other pieces of art carved into the outer building. Exploration of the entire building would take several days, but is definitely worth it.

The museum has collected a wide variety of paintings, separated into type and date completed, statues and several exhibitions dedicated to their time period. One of the newest additions to these was Discovering Japanese Art. The collection was expansive (as most of them are) and was absolutely glorious. My personal favorite piece was a life-size deer made of crystal balls, PixCell-Deer #24, by Kohei Nawa in 2011.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is well worth the time and cost.”

— Avery Cummings

Along with constant exhibition additions, the museum has immense collections, including, but not limited to, musical instruments, a vast area of paintings and sculptures throughout the ages, and many collections related to time period. The musical instrument section has, what I imagine, nearly every type of instrument in existence. My personal favorites of the collection were the many historical pianos hand carved and painted with murals. Other sculptures were scattered throughout the museum, usually in place with pieces of their time period. Rooms furnished for kings and queens are an eye-catcher as well, containing furniture sets from their respective time periods.

Prints of many paintings inside the museum are sold above the museum gift shop, at an average price of $50, depending on the size of the painting. In most sections, flash photography is not allowed, but photography is prohibited in only a few exhibits. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is well worth the time and cost, and is something everyone should try to visit at least once.

Tickets cost $25 for adults, $17 for seniors, $12 dollars for students and is free for children 12 and under. The museum is located in New York, New York, 1000 Fifth Ave. (It is located near Central Park. However, cutting though Central Park to reach the museum is not a great idea, as getting lost is easy.) They can be reached by phone at 212-535-7710. The online site is http://www.metmuseum.org/

 

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