Open Mondays throughout the Year for First Time in 42 Years
(New York, July 1, 2013)—The Metropolitan Museum of Art is now open to the public 7 days a week. This new schedule went into effect today at both the Museum’s main building on Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street in Manhattan and at The Cloisters museum and gardens, its branch museum for medieval art and architecture in Fort Tryon Park in northern Manhattan.
“Art is a 7-day-a-week passion, and we want the Met to be accessible whenever visitors have the urge to experience this great museum,” stated Mr. Campbell in making the initial announcement of the new schedule in March. “Last year we had record-breaking attendance of 6.28 million visitors and yet were turning away many thousands more on Mondays, when we have traditionally been closed. Our new schedule will remedy that, and we look forward to welcoming visitors to our encyclopedic collections, robust exhibition program, and wide-ranging educational offerings nearly every day of the year.”
Also as of July 1, the Museum’s opening time each morning changed to 10:00 a.m. (from 9:30 a.m.). Otherwise the hours at both locations remain the same. The new daily schedule in the main building is therefore:
Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Sunday–Thursday 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
And the new schedule at The Cloisters museum and gardens is:
March–October: Open 7 days, 10:00 a.m.–5:15 p.m.
November–February: Open 7 days, 10:00 a.m.–4:45 p.m.
Both locations will be closed January 1, Thanksgiving Day, and December 25, and the main building will also be closed on the first Monday in May.
The Metropolitan Museum had been closed on Mondays since 1971, with the exception in recent years of the Holiday Mondays program—in which the Museum was open on a few holidays each year that fell on Mondays.
Full details on admission, group tours, and visitor amenities—including dining, shopping, and parking—are available at www.metmuseum.org/visit or 212-535-7710.
The Museum also converted today to a system of paper admission tickets, for greater flexibility in the admissions process. The paper tickets replace the metal admission buttons that were issued since January 1971.
About The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the world’s largest and finest museums, with collections spanning more than 5,000 years of world culture, from prehistory to the present and from every part of the globe. The Metropolitan Museum’s main building, located at the edge of Central Park along Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, and The Cloisters museum and gardens, its branch museum for medieval art and architecture in northern Manhattan, received 6.28 million visitors last year. For additional information about the Museum, please visit www.metmuseum.org.
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July 1, 2013