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What It's Like at The Met Right Now (It's Nice)

Corridor in the Asylum by Vincent Van GoghThe Met

New York City - Last Saturday, there was a long line outside The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Why were so many people waiting to enter a massive building, one equipped with a massive lobby to accommodate them? Before entering the front doors these days, visitors must show proof of vaccination, along with identification. Thankfully, the line moved quickly.

Once inside, another long line formed to the left, where visitors waited to purchase tickets. Perhaps most people didn't spot the various ticket machines scattered along the perimeter of the lobby? We picked up our passes at the Member Services station. As proud public library cardholders, we planned ahead and scheduled a free visit on the Culture Pass website.

In case you haven't visited The Met in a while, let us remind you: This museum is one of New York City's greatest treasures. Actually, it's a treasure filled with treasures. But even when you're not admiring the art within its walls, the building itself offers a wonderful experience. Natural lights pours in through the generous windows, and due to the wonderful acoustics, as well as most museumgoers' tendency to whisper to each other, the space feels both expansive and intimate.

Judging from that long line outside, you might think the galleries would be crowded with people. But that's not the case. At the temporary exhibits, such as "Surrealism Beyond Borders," yes, those spaces filled up on Saturday. However, if you venture into the permanent collections, you'll be greeted with an almost spiritual sense of calm.

So if you're looking for a restorative experience this winter, stop by The Metropolitan Museum of Art. You might find something that surprises and delights you. For example, did you know that Tiffany's designed guns for Smith & Wesson?
Smith & Wesson .44 Double-Action Frontier Model Revolver decorated by Tiffany & Co. (serial no. 8401), with Case and Cleaning RodThe Met

This revolver is exceptional as one of the most elaborate Tiffany-decorated firearms of the late nineteenth century. Made for Smith & Wesson’s display at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893, the pistol stands as an unrivaled example of the silver firm’s distinct contribution to the decoration of American firearms.

Or how about a look at The Dutch Masterpieces on view since 2018? You will find this gorgeous vase of flowers by Margareta Haverman, among other impressive works.
A Vase of FlowersThe Met

The artist’s skill is on full display in this magnificent arrangement of flowers and fruit, in which she used innovative pigments such as Prussian blue.

Did you know that New York State residents always have the option to pay what they wish at The Metropolitan Museum of Art?

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