For those of you who have ever been to New York City, you know there are a few things that you absolutely have to do.
1. Go to Central Park
2. Climb (or stand in an elevator) to the top of the Empire State Building
3. Walk around Soho, Times Square, and Chelsea
4. Visit the Met!
The Metropolitan Museum of Art has so much more than just paintings and sculptures. In each artwork, there is history, a story, and a walk through time. Of course, more literally they also have Egyptian exhibits, musical instruments, and a hall of armor. If you're like me, you aren't the biggest fan of walking around in a quiet, cold building where if you step backwards, you knock over a million dollar statue. However, I found myself entranced at the Met. Maybe it was simply the largeness and grandness that it exuded, or the thousands of exhibits that overwhelmed me. Either way, I felt that unlike other museums, the Met was almost like a mini world in itself.
For instance, my favorite part of the museum was the Egyptian Pool and Temples area. It's where the Met's iconic wall of windows is, and every time I walk into that room, it's so serene and transportive. The vast black obsidian pool of tranquil water paired with the silence and surreality of the bright room creates a contrast that makes you feel like you've walked into a parallel reality. It also makes this room the perfect spot for pictures and a nice break from walking through the other galleries.
As for the art, I don't think I'll ever be able to see all of the works in one visit. There are over 2 million works in the Met's permanent collection, of course they aren't all on display. But even the thousands that are are so captivating. My favorite way to navigate through the galleries is by time period. I visit the oldest most traditional exhibits first, then I move my way through up till the works of Picasso and van Gogh. This way, it's possible to see the evolution of art and compare the techniques used by each artist throughout time.
So, if you ever visit the Met, make sure to check out some of the places I mentioned, and let me know how your visit goes!
Until next time,
xoxo Carina Sun