[Constructed 1880] Designer: Richard Morris Hunt
1827-1895 USA 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
New York, NY 10028 (212) 535-7710 Hours:
Tues - Thurs: 9:30am - 5:30pm
Fri - Sat: 9:30am - 9:00pm
Sun: 9:30am - 5:30pm
Mon: closed (also Thanksgiving and Christmas) Admission: Adults $12.00, Students and Seniors $7.00
Founded in 1870 by a collective of business
leaders and intellectuals the Met flowered
from significant financial backing and a
conceptual vision that reflected a European
disposition to art and art theory. This
institution would soon fulfill its promise and
become the foremost authority and most
influential proponent of established works in
In 1880, the Metropolitan Museum moved to
its current site in Central Park.
The present facade and entrance structure
along Fifth Avenue were completed in 1926.
The original Gothic-Revival-architecture has
evolved from that time with many new additions
starting as far back as 1888 into the massive
institution it is today.
After one hundred years of construction and with
little likelihood of invading any more of Central
Park's sanctified territory the building might be
considered complete though updates and
modifications to its interior occur occasionally
to accommodate the refinements for and the
drive to attain, the most refined place of
exhibition in the world.