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New York City: The Metropolitan Museum of Art for a Mother’s Day virtual or actual visit, plus in person or online gifts

Karen Madej

Image Courtesy of Branding by Peg. Illustrator Julie Kroic, Dreams of Lunch at The Met Cloisters

Mother’s Day is May 9

Here are some ideas for you to treat your mom to on her special day.

Does Mom have a love of the arts?

New York City: The Metropolitan Museum of Art is open for pre-booked visits. Book early because they have limited capacity. The Met Fifth Avenue is open for members and all-comers. The Met Cloisters is open for members.

You can plan your visit structured around strict COVID-19 measures. You’ll get a timed entry. You can pay what you like towards your visit at the admissions desk when you arrive. You’ll also need to bring your up-to-date ID on the day.

Your generous support funds our exhibitions and education programs and allows The Met to collect, preserve, and present art across all times and cultures.

The Met Fifth Avenue, New York City, exhibits an exciting selection of popular cultural pictures in various formats. From screen to inkjet prints to other objects, five of the original “Pictures Generation” American artists, plus others are represented in the exhibition. Look online for yourself. I’d love to see them in person, wouldn’t you?


Your mom might adore everything British. In which case, she’ll adore this fancy teapot show! These Objects Are Notably “Now”. Considering some of these items are up to 400 years old, any of the teapots would look at home on your mom’s table today.

Photo by Scarbor Siu on Unsplash

The website enables viewers to compare various items of different value at the time they were made. Affordable ones and those out of reach for the majority of Brits.

"The showcase is, above all, a celebration of the innovation and entrepreneurship of artisans and craftspeople in Britain over four centuries…" —Artnet


The 82nd Street Entrance and Exit (at the bottom of the map) facade features the work of sculptor Carol Bove. Four individual pieces formed from crumpled matt metal rectangular tubes; welded together to resemble people with discs as their heads. They also form footrests.

The exhibit is called: The séances aren’t helping. The video interview with the sculptor explains her thought process and intentions behind her creations.

People Come First

The Met Fifth Avenue, New York City, also features painter and activist Alice Neel’s People Come First exhibition.

Her paintings capture the essence of her New York neighbours. Some portraits capture the essence of 25 years living in Spanish Harlem. Others progress through to the 70s. Her paintings of activists against racism and fascism; a stark contrast to those from the Great Depression.

“For me, people come first,” Neel declared in 1950. “I have tried to assert the dignity and eternal importance of the human being.”

A two-minute video with Alice Neel sharing her thoughts may bring tears to your eyes. Her muse New York. Her radical passion, justice. She painted people regardless of their gender or persuasion. Her focus; to give her subjects dignity.

Is your mom is a fan of Alice Neel? If timed-entry tickets for the exhibition on Mother’s Day have all been reserved, stay calm. You can treat her to an Alice Neel: People Come First Virtual Opening | Met Exhibitions tour on the family flat-screen if you can get together for the day. Send a link if you can’t.

A third alternative is to your mom the Alice Neel: People Come First book.

The Met's amazing job of embracing digital technology means everyone who misses the sheer pleasure of wandering around the museum does not miss out on exciting exhibitions. Browsing in the shop afterwards, picking up postcards of your mom's favourite paintings or objects can be done in person or digitally!

The Met Store and Schedule Teatime at home

The Met Store online or in house, has some superb ideas for passing the time at home. One of them is to Schedule Teatime for the family. Your mom may delight in a delectable teapot decorated with Van Gogh’s Irises.

The store also sells three tins of exclusive teas from Harney & Sons. My favorite item; an insect desk mug. Priced at $225 for those who like to splash out on their mom’s happiness. Fortunately, the teapot is $58 and the three tins of tea $25.

They have other gorgeous spring-inspired tableware, scarves and other clothing accessories, blushing berries jewelry etc. starting from $10 for a jar of jam or an individual tin of tea.

Enjoy your visit to New York City's The Metropolitan Museum of Art for Mother’s Day gifts in person or online.

Anything you buy supports ‘The Met’s collection, study, conservation, and presentation of 5,000 years of art.’

How wonderful is that? Buy a special gift for your mom and support 5,000 years of art at The Met, New York City. Pretty amazing, I say.


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