From exhibition tours and gallery talks to immersive performances and family programs, The Met offers a wide range of events every day across its three locations—The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters. The following listings are just a sample of what's on this week.
Monday, May 21
A Cradle of Civilization: Art of the Ancient Near East
Monday, May 21, 12–1 pm
The Met Fifth Avenue - Tours Sign, Great Hall
Free with Museum admission
Discover the extraordinary artistic achievements of the societies that thrived within a vast area stretching from the eastern Mediterranean to Central Asia and the Indus Valley. On display are masterpieces from Mesopotamia (ancient Iraq) that include some of the world's earliest writing, Sumerian sculptures, and a remarkable group of stone reliefs. Other fascinating objects include carved ivories and magnificent silver and gold vessels from Anatolia and Iran.
Discover the Museum's exceptional collection of Modern and Contemporary Art through works representing major stylistic movements from 1900 to the present.
Tuesday, May 22
Tapestries, stained glass, and treasures of gold and silver come alive in this tour of the richest collection of medieval and Byzantine art outside of Europe. From the beginnings of Christianity to the rise of the Renaissance, travel through a millennium of great monuments that conjure imperial courts, Gothic cathedrals, and princely castles.
Andrea Miller, The Metropolitan Museum of Art's 2017-2018 Artist in Residence and choreographer and artistic director of the dance company Gallim, explores the phenomenon of the human body through dance, film, and soundscape in collaboration with filmmaker Ben Stamper and the dancers of Gallim.
Wednesday, May 23
The single most potent symbol of Buddhist ritual as performed in Nepal is the Vajracarya priest's crown. Five examples presented in this exhibition create a cosmic field into which viewers enter, encircled by paintings of ritual performance. The exhibition is occasioned by the recent acquisition of a superb early Vajracarya crown dating to the 13th or early fourteenth century; this is joined by an eighteenth-century crown already in the collection and two others recently discovered in the Department of Arms and Armor.
Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas
Wednesday, May 23, 10:30–11:30 am
At The Met Fifth Avenue - Gallery 199
Free with Museum admission
This landmark exhibition of luxury arts of the Incas, the Aztecs, and their predecessors traces the emergence and florescence of goldworking in the ancient Americas, from its earliest appearance in the Andes to its later developments farther north in Central America and Mexico.
Thursday, May 24
Offered daily through the end of September, these tours of the gardens at The Met Cloisters—the branch of the Museum devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe—include horticultural, architectural, and historical information.
Highlighting the connections between the musical traditions of different peoples, places, and time periods, this tour gives visitors an appreciation of the Museum's global holdings of instruments selected for social significance, technical virtuosity, tonal quality, and visual beauty. These tours will feature musical instruments throughout the Museum's collection and their depictions in art.