The Metropolitan Museum of Art – Is It a Museum For Kids in NYC?

Who at nine years old wants to be a curator, but has never heard of the word or position ever? Apparently, my oldest boy. He’s been taking art classes for the past year, and even though he enjoys the drawing, his teacher is amazing at teaching him art history and appreciation and he just loves it.

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So much, that when we finally arrived to the Metropolitan Museum of Art he was simply in his glory. We came with my parents and my youngest boy (who could care less about art in any form still).  And we started the tour.

Museum For Kids in NYC

Having Fun at the Met

The Met With Kids – Is It a Museum For Kids in NYC?

Confession time, I’m not a big museum person. So when my baby got restless (after one hour), my husband and I decided to head out leaving my oldest with his grandparents.

Four hours later, my parents said that they begged him to go home because they were getting tired. If it was up to him, he’d still be there!

The museum has so many wonderful programs for kids, that if we lived here I know my son would be enrolled in all of them, but for now, we needed to enjoy what we could.

There are so many amazing exhibits to visit that it’s hard to know where to begin. Since he’s been learning a lot about the Greek and Roman Empires and art we started there.

The Met With Kids

A rare exhibit was on display when we were here – The Boxer which was preserved perfectly and a treat for us all.

greek art at the metropolitan museum of art

The Boxer

But the big adventure was the Egyptian Art

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The Temple of Dendur has a full room dedicated to it.

temple of dendur - metropolitan museum of art - egyptian art

It is in as perfect of a state as it would be if visiting temples in Egypt.

metropolitan museum of art - egyptian art dendur - temple

Aside from the Egyptian hieroglyphics we were having a blast looking at century old graffiti. Not much has changed over the years – vandalism now and then.

egyptian hieroglyphics - the met egyptian exhibit

Vandalism and hieroglyphics

And more Egyptian statutes

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For our last attempt to make our baby excited we visited the knights room, which even a non-museum lover like me, truly enjoyed!

the knights display at the met

Fun Facts About the Met you Didn’t Know

  • 1866 – The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s earliest roots date back to Paris, France, when a group of Americans agreed to create a “national institution and gallery of art” to bring art and art education to the American people.

  • 1870 – On April 13, 1870, The Metropolitan Museum of Art was incorporated, opening to the public in the Dodworth Building at 681 Fifth Avenue.

  • 1870 – On November 20 of that same year, the Museum acquired its first object, a Roman sarcophagus.

  • 1874–76 – purchase of the Cesnola Collection of Cypriot art—works dating from the Bronze Age to the end of the Roman period—helped to establish the Met’s reputation as a major repository of classical antiquities.

  • 1880 – On March 30, 1880 the Museum opened to the public at its current site on Fifth Avenue and 82nd Street – Museum Mile.

  • The Evening Post reported that at last New York had a neoclassical palace of art, “one of the finest in the world, and the only public building in recent years which approaches in dignity and grandeur the museums of the old world.”

  • 1910 – the Met was the first public institution in the world to acquire a work of art by Henri Matisse.

  • 1917 The ancient Egyptian hippopotamus statuette that is now the Museum’s unofficial mascot, “William,” entered the collection.

  • 1986 – The greatest number of people to visit the Museum in one day was 52,333 on December 30, 1986.

  • The largest collection of Egyptian art outside of Cairo, are on display here.

  • The American Wing now houses the world’s most comprehensive collection of American paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts.

  • Today, the Museum’s two-million-square-foot building houses over two million objects, tens of thousands of which are on view at any given time.

  • The largest framed painting in the Museum is Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emanuel Leutze. It measures more than twelve feet high and twenty-one feet long.

  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art had 5.4 million visitors last year, more than the Mets and the Yankees combined.

Information for the Museum of Metropolitan of Art

Phone: 212-535-7710

Address: 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10028-0198

Hours: Open 7 Days a Week

Sunday–Thursday: 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Friday and Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.

Price: Fee includes same-day admission to the Main Building and The Cloisters museum and gardens. There is no extra charge for entrance to exhibitions.

You can buy your tickets upon arrival, or get great discounts with CityPASS.

Adults $25

Seniors (65 and older) $17

Students $12

Members Free

Children under 12 (accompanied by an adult) Free

Secret tip – the price for entrance is suggested. Meaning you can give what you want. This is done so that everyone can visit the museum and enjoy what is on display. 

 

 

 

 

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Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of TravelExperta.com, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 10+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

9 Responses to The Metropolitan Museum of Art – Is It a Museum For Kids in NYC?

  1. This is a great visit to the museum… to a special museum.
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  2. It is so exciting to read about someone so young developing a passion for art! The Met is such an extraordinary resource and I am thrilled to read that he loved it! No doubt your travels will give him many opportunities to explore his interest in art in great depth!
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  3. Love this! if we lived there, we’d be there all the time, i know it!
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  4. Good for your son! I love the fun facts that you have added. We have yet to visit, but we will one of these times we are in NY. I do like museums, but only if I am with people that also enjoy.
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  5. Jennifer says:

    I don’t love museums either. I’d much rather learn about a culture by experiencing it. But there are some museums that are just must visits and I did enjoy the Egyptian section at the Met.
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  6. The Egyptian room was our favorite – would love to take the kids back now that they are bigger. Good to know they’re also free if we get there before 12 years! 😉
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  7. Elena says:

    I have not taken my daughter yet- we have already decided this will be the focus of our next mother daughter NYC trip. Great photos!!
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