NY Minute: 7 Things You Must-See at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Hi everyone!

It’s been a loooong winter. I’m so happy that Spring is finally here and my hubby and I can now travel and explore more places. One of our favorite places to visit is New York City. We only live a few hours away, so we love to take day trips to the “Big City” and check out the different spots.

Last weekend, we decided to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET). I’ve always wanted to visit the MET and see the various collections from around the world. The museum has over 2 million works of art!

I know it’s impossible to see everything in one day. So, I did a little research and made a must-see list. Here are some of the amazing pieces of art at the museum.

1. The Temple of Dendur

Temple of Dendur
Egyptian Art, Gallery 131

2. Ugolino and His Sons, Jean Baptiste Carpeaux

Ugolino and His Sons
European Sculpture & Decorative Arts, Gallery 548

3. Buddha of Medicine Bhaishajyaguru (Yaoshi fo)

Buddha of Medicine Bhaishajyaguru (Yaoshi fo)
Asian Art, Gallery 206

4. Washington Crossing the Delaware, Emanuel Leutze

Washington Crossing the Delaware
The American Wing, Gallery 760

5. Self Portrait with a Straw Hat, Vincent van Gogh

Self-Portrait with a Straw Hat
European Paintings, Gallery 825

6. Manuel Osorio Manrique de Zuniga, Goya

Manuel Osorio Manrique de Zuniga
European Paintings, Gallery 633

7. Young Woman with a Water Pitcher, Johannes Vermeer

Young Woman with a Water Pitcher
European Paintings, Gallery 964

It was fun trying to find these must-see pieces from a treasure trove of masterpieces. Overall, the whole experience was so surreal. I wasn’t prepared to be transported to another place in time as I walked through the different galleries.

Do you like going to museums? Which ones have you visited? Any favorite artwork? Feel free to share in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you!

What & Where

The Metropolitan Museum

42 responses to “NY Minute: 7 Things You Must-See at the Metropolitan Museum of Art”

    • I actually have a few more on my list. It took us almost 5 hours trying to find the different artworks and artifacts. This place is HUGE. Make sure to grab a map at the lobby when you visit. Hope you’ll get to explore this place soon!

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  1. I love all your posts about NYC. It probably won’t surprise you I love the Met too. 🙂 I always preferred it to the Natural History or modern art museums. I lived just down the street for a while and visited somewhat regularly. It helped that the entry fee was a suggested donation only – unfortunately (for me) I think that’s only true if you live in NY now. Glad you had a great visit!

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    • Hi Emma! I once stayed overnight at a hotel at the Upper East Side near the MET and I thought it would be really nice to live around the area. The MET has a 25$ (adults) admission fee now for visitors from outside NY State. I haven’t been to Natural History yet, but I’m thinking of checking it out next time.


  2. It is so cool to see the different exhibits that museums showcase. Wow, the fact that there were some remnants of a temple that was hauled to the museum is so cool. I love that there are different artworks that reflect history! Glad you had fun!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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    • It’s nice to see all these archeological artifacts and artworks. I think the temple is an incredible example of ancient artistry… It’s definitely a must-see masterpiece at the MET. Thanks for reading Nancy!


  3. I’ve never been to New York, but it’s a place I want to visit at some point. Would love to visit this museum. There is so much history in it and so many great works of art to admire.

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  4. I’ve never been to the Met, so I enjoyed my virtual mini-visit via your blog post. My favorite museum pieces are the ancient ruins. It’s amazing to be around something so old. Thanks for the post!

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    • The good news… children 12 and under are free. The American Wing, Ancient Egypt, Arms and Armor are some of the great galleries to see with your kids. Hope you guys will have a wonderful time!


  5. You’ve got the most amazing picks here! Ugolino and his sons is one of my favorites. I could never forget that image…the idea of him eating his sons while imprisoned – per Dante’s Inferno. And that painting by Vermeer…sigh…Love the Met…I wish I could go back. It’s such a wealth of arts and culture to be discovered. Excellent post!

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  6. You definitely saw some wonderful pieces. My favorite museum was in Berlin, the Pergamonmuseum, with the Ishtar Gate of Babylon. Actually Berlin has what is called museum island with several of it most important museums on the island.

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  7. Awesome! I’ve been looking for travel blog posts about NYC. I’m going the first week of June and haven’t looked into what there is to see at the Met. So, thanks!

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    • NYC! That’s awesome! There are so many things to see at the MET. It’s a great idea to have a plan and prioritize the artworks on your must-see list. Hope you’ll have a great time. And, thank you so much for following our blog:)


    • It is indeed a jaw-dropping masterpiece. BTW I click the link to your blog but it says “no longer available.” Hope you can send me your active link so I can read your posts too. Thanks!


  8. Great Post, I’ve never been to NY, but this looks like a must-see museum. My all time favorite was the Hermitage in St, Petersburg, Russia. We had a guide along to show us the highlights, otherwise we might have gotten lost and never been seen again.

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    • Oh yes… the Hermitage Museum! I’d love to visit and see the grand State Rooms at the Winter Palace someday. Wow… this museum is huge, I’ll get lost for sure without a guide too!


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