The hub of The Metropolitan Museum of Art features 10 different exhibits representing ancient and classical art from around the world and is arrange as such. The Great Hall is the main entrance of the Museum and features rotating art works, ticket booths, lockers, coat check, information desk and restrooms. The Met Store is also located in The Great Hall, as are the entrance and exit.
Greek and Roman Art is one of the most popular exhibits at The Met Fifth Avenue. The space features a great room and long hallway filled with over 17,000 art works and artifacts dating all the way back to 4,500 B.C. Although the collection features mostly greek and roman art through 312 A.D., there are also pieces from Asia during Roman imperialism also.
Egyptian Art is arguably the most popular exhibit at the museum. Comprised of over 26,000 pieces, this collection is the most comprehensive and impressive outside of Cairo. Some of the oldest artifacts known to the world, dating back to 300,000 B.C. can be found in this space. Most of the collection has been curated and excavated in Egypt by The Met research and archaeological team. The Tomb of Perneb and The Temple of Dendur are both located in this exhibit.
Arms and Armor is a space dedicated to arms and armor used in combat scenarios and well as decorative or ceremonial usage. There are pieces from all over the world including Asia and full armor pieces that were used in English jousting tournaments.
The American Wing represents American Art from the 17th through early 19th century. There is an enclosed sculpture court, a cylindrical panoramic room, and a special room of late 19th century aesthetic movement works that include furniture and stained glass. There is a café located in this wing as well as restrooms.
European Sculpture and Decorative Arts has over 50,000 pieces of western European art works including jewelry, wood work, furniture, metalworks, tapestries, textiles and machines. This pieces are from the 15th through early 20th centuries.
Robert Lehman Collection is one of the most impressive collection of privately amassed pieces in the world and was donated to The Met Fifth Avenue. This collection is in the back of the museum in its own wing. Works from the 14th through 20th centuries are included in the collection from sculpture to paintings, manuscripts, and precious jewels from western Europe.
Medieval Art of The Met is one of the most comprehensive in the world. This exhibit is centrally located in the museum and includes pieces from the Byzantine and medieval periods of European history. There are also a few pieces dating back to the bronze and iron age and into the Renaissance period as well.
Modern and Contemporary Art exhibit at the Met Fifth Avenue is home to a sampling of over 12,000 works from artists from 1900 to the current time. Henri Matisse, Picasso and others influenced by Paris school of Art as well as contemporary pop art and expressionism.
Arts of Africa, Oceania, and The Americas is a collection of 11,000 works from sub-Sahara Africa, Native American and Pacific Island peoples. Many of the works are ceremonial and dedications to ancient gods, ancestors and familiar spirits. Photo: Luciano Mortula-LGM/Fotolia
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