The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the world’s most popular institutions, featuring ancient classics and modern masterpieces. With two million square feet of gallery space, you could easily spend hours or even days touring the several exhibits that the museum has the offer. How exactly did this iconic museum begin? Let’s take a step back and explore:
The MET first opened in February of 1872 on Fifth Avenue and contained a series of educational programs and events. It’s original architecture was a “Gothic-Revival-style” structure, which reflected the cultural and historical work of art found inside. Then, in 1971 it became refurbished with new galleries, lectures, programs, and exhibitions. This new comprehensive architectural plan for the MET was approved and completed in nearly 20 years later. This new plan was an attempt to make the museum’s collections more accessible to the public and to scholars.
One by one, collections continued to expand throughout this time period, bringing more great art centers – so detail-oriented that you can more or less find museums within museums. Years after its refurbishment, it became the first public institution to accept one of the world’s finest and widest collections. From van Gogh to Chinese Buddhist Sculptures, these art galleries have made a name for the MET.
The museum is currently recognized for its blend of modern and ancient exhibits and availability to visitors from all walks of life. To take a sneak peek closer inside the MET, click here.
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