I had a rough plan for my time in New York City and it consisted of all the things I’d wanted to see on previous visits, but hadn’t got around to. Only a few things on the list were what might you call a classic New York attraction.The Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York, known colloquially as “the Met”, is the largest art museum in the United States. 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.
The Museum has recently introduced an entrance fee (as of 1 March 2018); it’s currently $25 per adult if you live outside New York state. Children under 12 go free. Like most museums around the world, judging the best time to visit in order to avoid the worst of the crowds can be a lottery. I went late afternoon and, although it was still busy, I was able to get around the galleries without too much difficulty. My top tip is to remember that you can’t see everything. My must see was the Luce Center for the Study of American Art. On the first floor, to the right of the American Wing’s neo-classical façade, look for a glass-box lift and take it to level M. The Luce Center is not an exhibit, it’s an open-storage facility and is home to close on 10,000 individual items. Best of all, hardly anyone visits it.