The Metropolitan Museum of Art has launched a complete reconstruction of its four-block-long plaza along Fifth Avenue—one of New York City's iconic outdoor spaces. The Museum's new gateway will feature: contemporary fountains, trees and aerial hedges, new granite paving, seating for the public, and enhanced lighting to illuminate the historic facade at night.
The redesign of the Museum's plaza is scheduled for completion in fall 2014. Read more about the project.
Visitor Tips during Second Phase of Construction, through December 2013
All Museum entrances are open.
The Parking Garage is open.
A Sneak Peek
Upon completion in the fall of 2014, the Metropolitan's new plaza will welcome visitors with splendid display fountains and tree-shaded allées with casual seating where they can relax after touring the galleries. Once redesigned, the plaza will befit the beauty of the collections inside the Museum and reaffirm its role as one of New York City's most important public gathering places.
These architectural renderings provide a brief glimpse of the plaza improvements to come.
Art Leads the Way
To ensure visitors' ease of entrance into the Museum during the plaza renovation, the Metropolitan Museum is putting works of art to work. Selected from across the Met's wide-ranging collection, details of photographs, paintings, and other objects mounted on plaza signage direct visitors to the public entrances on Fifth Avenue at 82nd and 81st Streets as well as to the public parking garage at 80th Street. These details and highlights, many from across cultures and media but with remarkable similarities and echoes, continue the recent Met marketing campaign—in print, online, and on city buses—"One Met. Many Worlds."
See a slideshow of selected works.