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History of the Museum

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which includes its Main Building on Fifth Avenue and The Cloisters museum and gardens in northern Manhattan, dates back to 1866.

History of The Main Building

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's earliest roots date back to 1866 in Paris, France, when a group of Americans agreed to create a "national institution and gallery of art" to bring art and art education to the American people.

History of The Cloisters

The Cloisters museum and gardens, which opened to the public in 1938, is the branch of the Museum in northern Manhattan devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe.