The Metropolitan Museum of Art

By New York Expert: Harvey, USA, March 2011

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art, simply known as "The Met", is arguably the world’s finest museum and certainly the largest in size. 

The building occupies more than 1.5 million square feet, approximately the size of 41 American football fields and its collections include over two million objects covering human civilization. More than five million people visit The Met each year.

The brick and limestone walls of the original Gothic building were designed by Calvert Vaux and Jacob Wrey Mould (1874-80).  
No visit to New York City, along with the Statue of Liberty, Times Square and the New York City skyline view as seen from the Brooklyn Bridge, would be complete without a visit to The Met. 

As a professional licensed tourist guide, I include The Met in my itinerary; however, there is too much to see in a single visit. Even two or three visits are not enough to see The Met’s vast collection.

The photograph shows me with two students on the main entrance steps on a recent visit.

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