In late March, the Met announced that beginning on July 1 the museum will open to the public seven days a week, for the first time in 42 years. The new schedule will go into effect for both the museum’s main building on Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street in Manhattan and at the Cloisters Museum and Gardens, its branch museum for medieval art and architecture in Fort Tryon Park in northern Manhattan.
“Art is a seven-day-a-week passion, and we want the Met to be accessible whenever visitors have the urge to experience this great museum,” stated Thomas Campbell. “Last year we had record-breaking attendance of 6.28 million visitors and yet were turning away many thousands more on Mondays, when we have traditionally been closed. Our new schedule will remedy that.
Also as of July 1, the museum’s opening time each morning will change to 10 a.m. (from 9:30 a.m.). Otherwise the hours at both locations will remain the same. Therefore, the new daily schedule in the main building will be Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. through 5:30 p.m. The new schedule at the Cloisters Museum and Gardens will be March through October, open seven days, 10 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., and November through February, open seven days, 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
For more information, call (212) 535-7710 or check the Met’s Web site (www.metmuseum.org).
Originally published in the May 2013 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2013 Maine Antique Digest