A Day at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
What other way to kindle (or re-kindle) a romance than by strolling through one of the most breathtaking museums and public spaces in the world!?
On Friday and Saturday evenings starting at 4pm, you can listen to live classical music on the Great Hall Balcony Bar while enjoying some wine and appetizers (beer and mixed drinks are also available). Oftentimes the light menu is inspired by a particular current exhibition that is going on. You can view all of their menus online. Just remember even though the museum closes at 9pm on these evenings last call is at 8pm. In addition to the Great Hall Balcony Bar there are four other places to grab something to eat that are open to the general public.
May through late Fall (weather permitting), the Rooftop Garden Café is open and has jaw-dropping views of Central Park and the city beyond. There are often special exhibits you can check out as well. If you are visiting the museum during this time then visiting the Rooftop Garden is an absolute must.
Permanent collections that are not to be missed are the Egyptian Collection, which houses 26,000 ancient Egyptian artifacts and objects and is the largest Egyptian collection in the world outside of Cairo. Be sure to stop by the Temple of Dendur while you’re there.
Looking for your knight in shining armor? Or looking to be one yourself? Chivalry is alive and well at the Arms and Armor exhibit which displays many suits of armor and weapons from the medieval period. Use this to inspire a little Old World romance of your own!
Some other personal favorites are the Gallery of Musical Instruments, the brand new Gallery of Islamic Art, the gallery of European Paintings and gallery of Medieval Art. But to plan a special visit of your own, I highly recommend you visit their website, look at the galleries that interest you and map it out on their floor plan. You can very easily get lost here. Have fun (and remember to hold hands).
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Avenue at 82nd Street; Tel: (212) 535-7710. Website: www.metmuseum.org. Hours: Tues – Thurs 9:30am to 5:30pm, Fri – Sat 9:30 to 9pm, Sun 9:30am to 5:30pm, Closed Mondays (except holiday Mondays), Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Admission is suggested contribution, so pay as you wish (you can pay a penny, a dollar or you can pay the full suggested contribution, which is $25 as of this writing – it’s up to you).
Some interesting notes:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art has over 2,000,000 objects, artifacts and works of art spread across 2 million square feet of exhibit space making it the largest museum in the western hemisphere and second only in the entire world after the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia (yes it is bigger than the Louvre in Paris… MUCH bigger).