Have you ever found yourself completely lost? I am not talking about the physical sense of being lost, but rather the emotional way that observing and experiencing art can make you lost!
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, also known as the Met, is the most perfect place to get lost in art. Located in New York City, it is the largest art museum in the United States and among the most visited in the world. The Met was incorporated on April 13, 1870 by a group of businessmen, financiers, artists, and cultural enthusiasts. Their main purpose of opening the Metropolitan Museum of Art was to bring art and art education to the American people. It first opened to the public in the Dodsworth Building at 681 Fifth Avenue. Today it is located on 1000 5th Avenue and is made up of 2 million square feet of floor space, more then 20 times the size of the original 1880 building.
The musem carries over two million works of art and is separated by seventeen departments, each with a full, specialized staff of curators. In addition, it has six conservation departments and a Department of Scientific Research. The museum's permanent collection includes paintings and sculptures from classical antiquity, ancient Egypt, Europe, America, Africa, Asia, Oceanian, Byzantine and Islamic art. The Met also is home to musical instruments, costumes and accessories, and antique weapons and armor from around the world. As if the Mets impressive permanent collection wasn't enough, the museum also hosts traveling shows throughout the year.
In 2016 the museum recorded a total of 6.7 million visitors from 190 countries, with 40 percentage of its visitors being from within the United States. The Met allows its visitors to temporarily travel the world through time without ever having to leave New York City. Could there be a better place to find yourself lost in art?
For more on the Met, please visit their official website at http://www.metmuseum.org, and while you're there you should also subscribe to the Met's blog and stay up to date on shows and special exhibitions.