The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest art museum in the United States. It is usually refer to as The Met and it is located in New York City. With a permanent collection of more than two million works, it is also one of the ten largest art museums in the world.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded in 1870 by businessmen and financiers, as well as artists and thinkers of the day. It was their will to open a museum that would bring art and art education to the American people. It opened on February 20, 1872 at 681 Fifth Avenue.
The Met collection is divided among seventeen curatorial departments. Its main building lies on the eastern edge of Central Park while a second, much smaller spot is located in Upper Manhattan and only devoted to medieval art.
Its permanent collection holds works of art from classical antiquity and Ancient Egypt, paintings and sculptures from nearly all the European masters, as well as American and modern art. The Met also maintains extensive holdings of African, Asian, Oceanic, Byzantine, and Islamic art. Musical instruments, costumes, antique weapons and armor from around the world are also part of its main collection.
The main building of The Met bears a Roof Garden located near the southwestern corner of the museum. It has got cafe and bar facilities, which stay crowded throughout the mild-weathered months, especially on Friday and Saturday evenings. The Roof Garden has held single-artist exhibition since 1998. It offers views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline so magnificent that it is a common gag to say that it distracts from the art on exhibition.