It’s true. My Fitbit pedometer says I walked 6 miles, most of it in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and I was there from open to close and I did not see it all. I heard a man moaning to his wife that the tour only gave them an hour to see the MET and he knew he’d never even get a taste. He was right. When I have a full day in the MET, I have two objectives. First I want to visit my favorite places and objects and second I want to find somewhere I have never been. This time I found two entire floors that I had never set foot it. It’s like exploring Hogwarts only with a better map.
Which floors, you ask, did I miss? The first is the mezzanine above the main gallery in the Greek and Roman sculpture. These are huge galleries, one of which has an entire chariot, yet I never set foot in them before. The second is the third floor of the American Wing. Did you know they have an entire room from the 1600 America up there? Incredible.
This visit I was there at the right season to visit the rooftop gallery and café. This spot has amazing views of Central Park and the city beyond.
I love all the open spaces in the MET. Top on my list are the large gallery in the Africa, Oceana and the Americas gallery, the large open area in the Greek and Roman Art galleries, The American Wing open sculpture garden, and the Egyptian Temple of Denhur. Medieval Arts has an open place, the Medieval Sculpture Hall, where they set the nativity each year. There is a Spanish courtyard (Gallery 534 Patio from the Castle of Vélez Blanco) just to the left of the grand staircase that is very beautiful. Unfortunately, I did not see the Chinese Vanderbilt garden this trip because it is closed for renovations. I hope they are taking good care of the koi fish.
Some of my favorite painting are by John Singer Sargent in The American Wing, including Madame X. In the European section, I visit the Gauguin each trip (The Annenberg Collection: Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Masters) and in the Modern Art area I love Modigliani, O’Keeffe and Matisse.
I returned home footsore and astonished at how much I saw, how much I didn’t have time to see and feeling bereft for that man who only had a hour in that magical museum.