Metropolitan Art Museum
17 minutes to Bentley Hotel
The Metropolitan Museum of Art boasts an immense collection of art and artifacts that span more than six thousand years. It was a gift from philanthropists Iris and B. Gerald Cantor, of securities firm Cantor Fitzgerald, and created in 1870 for the purposes of bringing art and art education to the American people. It opened on February 1872 at 681 Fifth Avenue.
Today, “The Met” is the largest art museum in the country and one of the most visited art museums anywhere on the planet. It has a permanent collection with more than two million works, split up among seventeen curatorial departments. The principal building, in Central Park along Manhattan’s Museum Mile, is one of the world’s largest art galleries. There is a smaller second location in Upper Manhattan which keeps an in-depth collection of art from Medieval Europe. The museum opened the Met Breuer museum in 2016 at Madison Avenue in the Upper East Side, thereby increasing the museum’s art program.
The collection consists of art from classical ruins and ancient Egypt, paintings and sculptures from European masters, and a comprehensive collection of American and modern art. Several significant interiors, from first-century Rome through modern American design, are installed in its galleries.
The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden is located on the roof of the museum. A cafe and bar is a popular spot during mild-weather months, in particular on the weekend evenings. The roof garden features the most spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline from an angle high above Central Park. Some critics have complained that the view takes away from the art on exhibit.
Metropolitan Art Museum is 41 minutes to JFK International Airport.