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The Metropolitan Museum of Art

November 1st, 2015 / / No Comments »

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, (known as the Met), is the third largest art museum in the world & home to nearly 2 million works of art from the ancient Egyptians to Modern Art.  For those on a budget, there are plenty of ways to keep the costs down on a visit to the Met from investing in a sightseeing pass to cheap entry options as outlined below.

Follow our guide to the Met for more information on cheap entry offers & top tips to make the most of your visit.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art

 

The Met; Cheap Ticket Options

Those with a sightseeing pass can pick up free entry to the Met, (plus 80 other visitor attractions), with the added advantage of FASTRACK entry that avoids the queues.  On arrival, simply ask a member of staff to direct you to the fastrack entry line.

Whilst suggested admission prices are displayed by ticket kiosks, you are free to pay as much or as little as you wish at the Met, (to secure state funding the Met is under an obligation to SUGGEST rather than stipulate entrance charges).  Simply let the staff know at the ticket booths how much you are willing to pay.

We tried this out on our recent trip to the Met.  Granted, it wasn’t the most comfortable feeling standing in line trying to work out how much we were willing to pay but I have to say I couldn’t detect even the slightest flicker of disapproval when we offered less than the suggest admission price.

Those on a budget may also want to consider the free Staten Island Ferry for great views of New York or take advantage of our top tips for cheap tickets for Broadway.

 

Metropitan Museum of Art

 

Money Saving Tips for the Met

1. There is a free cloakroom for coats & over-sized articles but the line is notoriously long so avoid taking excess baggage with you if you can.

2. Take advantage of the FREE guided highlight tours that run regularly throughout the day.  Ask at the Information Desk for further information; all tours start from the Great Hall & no pre-booking is required.

3. We found an excellent level of interpretation of the works of art throughout the museum with plenty of information on the wall beside each painting.  Whilst audio guides are available, (around $7 per person), I personally did not find this an essential purchase during our visit.

4. Whilst food & drink is not allowed into the Met for obvious reasons, water in plastic bottles can be brought into the Museum.  This could be particularly useful for younger families.

5. For a wide range of food on a budget, head to the cafeteria on the ground floor, (the basement for us Brits).  One handy tip to be aware of is that ice water is readily available, (for free), once you are through to the dining area.

6. The Met is now open 7 days a week, (except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day).

Top Dog’s Verdict

Set on the border of Central Park & Fifth Avenue, this spectacular setting is simply breathtaking & covers the full spectrum of art spanning  5,000 years.

Another must from us.

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By Liz Walsh

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