With over 2 million pieces of art and antiquities, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest art museum in the world under a single roof.

Each year, more than 5 million people visit the museum, making it easy for anyone to see how it easily won the TripAdvisor 2014 Travelers’ Choice award. Exhibits from every continent, and virtually every period of time is represented in the museum’s buildings. Of particular note are the Greek and Roman galleries, the American Wing, 19th century European paintings, and the Egyptian section which includes the Temple of Dendur. Some of the Medieval Collection, including several pieces of architectural elements, is housed at the Metropolitan’s Cloisters Museum in Fort Tryon Park in northern Manhattan.

In addition to the permanent exhibits, several temporary exhibitions are displayed throughout the year including nationally-acclaimed shows of like collections of Louis Comfort Tiffany, Berggruen Klee, Renaissance Portraits from Donatello to Bellini, Matisse, Goya, and more.

The admission charge to the museum is a voluntary donation, but the suggested amount represents less than half the per visitor cost of operating the museum. Additionally, the museum offers art films, art classes, concerts, and other programs for a nominal fee.

The museum offers a number of tours, gallery talks, and lectures free of cost with general admission. A number of tours are given in foreign languages for the benefit of international visitors. Today, the Met has a special app for the iphone which gives information on all of the exhibits; however, visitor guides who are friendly and very knowledgeable are available throughout the museum. Alternately, you can rent a pre-recorded tour for the larger exhibits.

There are several restaurants located in the museum that have various price points, and the world-famous museum shop is a great place to purchase wonderful art books, jewelry, textiles, and prints. Since it is impossible to see the entire museum in one day, plan your visit so that you can see those rooms which interest you the most, and include a coffee break (try the 5th Floor rooftop Café for a fantastic view of the city) your plans to help process the incredible works that you have seen.