The Metropolitan Museum of Art, colloquially "the Met," is located in New York City and is the largest art museum in the United States, and is among the most visited art museums in the world. Its permanent collection contains over two million works, divided among seventeen curatorial departments. The main building, on the eastern edge of Central Park along Manhattan's Museum Mile, is by area one of the world's largest art galleries. A much smaller second location, The Cloisters at Fort Tryon Park in Upper Manhattan, contains an extensive collection of art, architecture, and artifacts from Medieval Europe. On March 18, 2016, the museum opened the Met Breuer museum at Madison Avenue in the Upper East Side; it extends the museum's modern and contemporary art program.

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  • Watch a video preview of the exhibition Like Life: Sculpture, Color, and the Body (1300–Now), on view at The Met Breuer from March 21 through July 22, 2018. Featuring Luke Syson, Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Chairman of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, and Sheena Wagstaff, Leonard A. Lauder Chairman of Modern and Contemporary Art Seven hundred years of sculptural practice—from 14th-century ...

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  • Look inside “Thomas Cole's Journey: Atlantic Crossings,” the first book to present the most celebrated American landscape artist of his generation as an international figure in direct dialogue with the major landscape painters of the age. Emphasizing the British-born artist’s travels in England and Italy from 1829 to 1832 and his crucial interactions with such painters as Turner and Constable, the...

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  • Watch a video featuring time-lapse photography of the installation of Thomas Cole's The Course of Empire for the exhibition Thomas Cole's Journey: Atlantic Crossings, on view at the Met Fifth Avenue January 30 through May 13, 2018. #ThomasCole https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2018/thomas-cole Featured Artwork: Thomas Cole (American, 1801–1848). The Course of Empire: The Savage St...

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  • Watch a video featuring beautiful scenery of the Diamond Mountains through the seasons. Produced in association with Diamond Mountains: Travel and Nostalgia in Korean Art, on view at The Met Fifth Avenue February 7 through May 20, 2018. https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2018/diamond-mountains The exhibition is made possible by The Met's collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, S...

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  • Watch a video introduction to Thomas Cole's Journey: Atlantic Crossings, narrated by Sting. Celebrated as one of America's preeminent landscape painters, Thomas Cole (1801–1848) was born in northern England at the start of the Industrial Revolution, immigrated to the United States in his youth, and traveled extensively throughout England and Italy as a young artist. He returned to America to crea...

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  • Watch a video that reveals the findings of a technical examination conducted by The Met's conservation team on Thomas Cole's The Oxbow (1836) and The Course of Empire: The Consummation of Empire (1835–36). This study uncovered that the two works, although quite different in appearance, are connected in surprising ways. Featured objects: Thomas Cole (American, 1801–1848). View from Mount Holyoke,...

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  • Check out drawings kids made of their favorite museum memory! And see artworks at The Met that may have inspired them. Kids made the illustrations as part of the Dine and Draw program in The Cafeteria. Can't wait to make your latest masterpiece? Get inspired right now by art on #MetKids. Ask an adult to email a photo of your artwork to metkids@metmuseum.org for a chance to have it featured on #M...

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  • Watch a video preview of the exhibition Golden Kingdoms: Luxury & Legacy in the Ancient Americas. On view at The Met Fifth Avenue from February 28 through May 28, 2018. Featuring Joanne Pillsbury, Andrall E. Pearson Curator of Ancient American Art, The Met. This landmark exhibition of luxury arts of the Incas, the Aztecs, and their predecessors will trace the emergence and florescence of goldwo...

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  • Watch a slide show featuring five Vajracharyas Buddhist priests of Nepal, led by Manjushri Shriratna Bajracharya, officiating at the Sevenfold Supreme Offering ceremony (Saptavidhanuttara-puja) to set the devotee on the Buddha-path. The Saptavidhanuttara-puja was commissioned by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and performed at the 17th-century urban monastery of Chhsuya Bahal, Kathmandu, on Novemb...

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  • "Can an invention remain new?": Alisa LaGamma on the tsesah crest For MetCollects, Alisa LaGamma, Ceil and Michael E. Pulitzer Curator in Charge of the Department of Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, discusses the recently acquired tsesah crest by the Bamileke peoples of the from the Cameroon Grassfields region. Featured Artwork: Crest (tsesah), 18th century. Cameroon, Grassfields regio...

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  • There are over a million artworks to see at The Met and over seven million visitors each year! Have you ever wondered who keeps the place safe? Find out with James, age 10. Credits #MetKids is a digital feature made for, with and by kids! http://www.metmuseum.org/art/online-features/metkids/ About #MetKids http://www.metmuseum.org/art/online-features/metkids/about Production Credits http://www...

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  • Watch excerpts from a dialogue between Teju Cole and Laura Poitras, from the exhibition Talking Pictures: Camera-Phone Conversations Between Artists, on view at The Met Fifth Avenue from June 27 through December 17, 2017. #MetTalkingPictures https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2017/talking-pictures The exhibition is made possible by Adobe. © 2017 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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  • Watch a video that reveals, through high-resolution photography, the marvelous low-relief images that decorate the Vitellius tazza, a masterpiece of Renaissance goldsmiths’ work. The video is narrated by classicist Mary Beard. Produced in association with The Silver Caesars: A Renaissance Mystery, on view at The Met Fifth Avenue from December 12, 2017–March 11, 2018. Following its presentation at...

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  • Watch a video that reveals, through high-resolution photography, the marvelous low-relief images that decorate the Nero tazza, a masterpiece of Renaissance goldsmiths’ work. The video is narrated by classicist Mary Beard. Produced in association with The Silver Caesars: A Renaissance Mystery, on view at The Met Fifth Avenue from December 12, 2017–March 11, 2018. Following its presentation at The ...

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  • Watch excerpts from a dialogue between Nicole Eisenman and A.L. Steiner, from the exhibition Talking Pictures: Camera-Phone Conversations Between Artists, on view at The Met Fifth Avenue from June 27 through December 17, 2017. #MetTalkingPictures https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2017/talking-pictures The exhibition is made possible by Adobe. © 2017 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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  • Follow along with Carter, age 11, and learn how to make a navigational chart chart to show friends and family how to find your favorite things. Materials: • wood sticks • glue dots or school glue • twist ties • paper • pencil • color pencils Instructions: 1. On a piece of paper, draw your home and favorite things in each room. Color in your favorite things. 2. Use sticks to create a frame. A...

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  • Watch excerpts from a dialogue between Nina Katchadourian and Lenka Clayton, from the exhibition Talking Pictures: Camera-Phone Conversations Between Artists, on view at The Met Fifth Avenue from June 27 through December 17, 2017. #MetTalkingPictures https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2017/talking-pictures The exhibition is made possible by Adobe. © 2017 The Metropolitan Museum of...

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  • Watch a video showing the conservation of a Michelangelo drawing on loan from Christ Church Picture Gallery, Oxford, in preparation for the exhibition Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer. The Met's paper conservator Marjorie Shelley takes us through the complex and delicate process of restoring this beautiful architectural drawing. https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2017/miche...

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  • "How does a woman represent herself?" Joseph Scheier-Dolberg on Cao Zhenxiu and Gai Qi's Famous Women album Poems: Cao Zenziu (Chinese, 1762–ca. 1822), Paintings: Gai Qi (Chinese, 1773–1911). 清 改琦, 曹貞秀 列女圖 冊 (Famous Women), 1799. China. Album of 16 painted leaves with facing inscriptions, ink on paper, 9 3/4 x 6 5/8 in. (24.8 x 16.8 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, Bequest...

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  • In the summer of 2017, MetLiveArts presented Theater of the Resist: an eight-week series of edgy, timely, and pointedly political performances at The Met Breuer that featured dance, spoken word, music, and film from communities that are outside the cultural hegemony. #MetBreuer #MetLiveArts #MetBodyPolitic https://www.metmuseum.org/events/programs/met-live-arts/theater-of-the-resist Theater of ...

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  • Watch excerpts from a dialogue between William Wegman and Tony Oursler, from the exhibition Talking Pictures: Camera-Phone Conversations Between Artists, on view at The Met Fifth Avenue from June 27 through December 17, 2017. #MetTalkingPictures https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2017/talking-pictures The exhibition is made possible by Adobe. © 2017 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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  • Look inside “Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman & Designer,” a new title from The Metropolitan Museum of Art that offers fresh insights into the Renaissance master’s creative process. Beautifully illustrated with more than 350 drawings, paintings, sculptures, and architectural views, this publication links Michelangelo’s compositional sketches to his major commissions. Essays by the foremost authoriti...

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  • Located on Madison Avenue at 75th Street, The Met Breuer presents modern and contemporary art in the bold architectural setting of Marcel Breuer’s landmark building. Visitors to The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s newest location can experience groundbreaking works across all media created by artists from the 20th century through the present. After touring the galleries, browse The Met Store for an ...

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  • Two sculptures of ballplayers that are over 1,700 years old inspired #MetKids animators. The sculptures were made in Jalisco, in western Mexico. Kids imagined them playing the ballgame, in which players use their hips to hit a large rubber ball, trying to keep it in the air! Watch the action in this stop-motion animation made by kids at the 2017 Museum Mile Festival at The Met. #MetKids is a dig...

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  • A seven-foot-high sculpture of a figure with an axe inspired #MetKids animators. The sculpture shows Chahk, a Maya deity or god who is important for its ability to control rain and lightning. This sculpture is over 1,000 years old and may have been part of a palace or temple built by Maya people. Today, there are around seven million people who speak Mayan languages. Watch the lightning flash in...

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  • Look inside “The Artist Project: What Artists See When They Look at Art”. Featuring 120 international contemporary artists discussing works from The Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection that spark their imagination, this volume sheds new light on art-making, museums, and the creative process. Works from The Met collection appear alongside contemporary artists' works, allowing readers to discove...

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  • Look inside “The Artist Project: What Artists See When They Look at Art”. Featuring 120 international contemporary artists discussing works from The Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection that spark their imagination, this volume sheds new light on art-making, museums, and the creative process. Works from The Met collection appear alongside contemporary artists' works, allowing readers to discove...

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  • Watch a video preview of the exhibition David Hockney, on view at The Met Fifth Avenue from November 27, 2017 through February 25, 2018. Featuring Ian Alteveer, Curator, Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, The Met For nearly 60 years, David Hockney (British, born 1937) has pursued a singular career with a love for painting and its intrinsic challenges. This major retrospective—the exhibit...

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