The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the most fascinating places I had the pleasure of visiting in 2017 (and I do my fair share of traveling).
If you are short on time or funds simply plan a trip to New York City. There is no shortage of entertainment: The 9/11 museum, the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Broadway, the American Ballet, thousands of fine dining opportunities, Radio City Music Hall, the shops at Chelsea Market and the list goes on. In addition to exploring the local sights, you can get lost for hours exploring the world on display at the MET. The MET covers 2 million square feet and features 5,000 years worth of art!
Checkout some of the highlights from my visit in December 2017:
Street view facing the MET
The grand entrance 🙂
View from the steps of the MET. Pick-up a famous New York hot dog before heading inside. You will need the energy!
I began my visit in the Egyptian Wing. Having just traveled to Cairo in November 2017, I was curious about this collection. It did NOT disappoint, especially considering I had just visited the Museum of Antiquities in Cairo, Egypt.
Beautiful ancient Egyptian sculpture.
For size comparison. These sculptures are massive and magnificent.
The last showroom of the Egyptian wing is the temple of Dendur. This is a side-facing view that looks out onto beautiful central park.
The MET actually has a real Egyptian temple on-site. The Temple of Dendur is an ancient temple built by Romans in 15 BC. It was dedicated to the Egyptian Gods Isis and Osiris. The temple was re-located to the MET in the 1960s and can be seen below.
The Temple of Dendur in the background.
Another view of this masterpiece. It really is amazing to see in person.
A glimpse inside the temple, including ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs. A must see!
A view from the lateral-rear of the temple of Dendur.
The final resting place of powerful, Egyptian elite.
Intact, ornate vessels found buried in ancient Egyptian tombs.
Egyptian artifact demonstrating burial rituals.
A stunning bust of an Egyptian King, most likely King Tut.
An ornate final resting place.
Amazing original scrolls demonstrating the ancient language.
An original painting from ancient Egypt depicting laborers from neighboring African countries.
Hand-sculpted artwork depicting African laborers in ancient Egypt.
Map depicting the Nile River and surrounding terrain, for frame of reference.
I could totally rock this crown 🙂
Stunning jewelry. A woman’s best friend
The Egyptian queens were fierce and fashion-forward 💃🏽
Upon emerging from Egypt, I entered Rome
The architecture inside the MET is stunning!
My favorite sculpture of the day 💛
I stopped here here and went to lunch at Flora at The Met Breur. See “Eating My Way Through NYC: Part I” post under Foodie Luv.
The food at Flora was delicious!
After lunch, I visited Asia.
This is the actual ceiling in the Asian culture wing. The attention to detail and authenticity instantly transports you thousands of miles away.
Don’t mind me, I’ve just been chilling for thousands of years.
Jade for luck.
I can relate to this piece 🤔
Another jade beauty.
Very interesting piece. I love the contrast work.
Up for a mountain climb?
Vibrant, beautiful vases.
Hand-sewn pattern on an ancient garment.
We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the MET.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art gets a 5 yellowbag rating!!! Definitely a must see.