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Private family tours to Metropolitan Museum. Does your child get bored in museums quickly? We will get him engaged in fascinating history of Pyramids, Greek Gods, Roman Emperors, Medieval Kings and Ancient China. This is a unique opportunity to travel around the world and in time just in a couple of hours!

Mission: We are a team of dynamic and family friendly guides that make private tours of museums a real adventure. We bring alive the most famous and interesting highlights by engaging your kids and letting them make their own discoveries. We use kids feedback to create the most interesting content and create a unique atmosphere which awakens their passion and creativity.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
04/16/2019

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

As we recover from yesterday’s shock in Paris, we turn our thoughts to the cultural treasures at #NotreDame and are hopeful for the long-term safety of the stained glass rose window, one of the most iconic symbols of the cathedral. This rare 1841 photo captures the original rose window on the south façade facing the Seine, before it was restored and re-worked 20 years later by architect Viollet-le-Duc.

Image: Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey. Rose Window, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris, 1841. Daguerrotype. The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

07/16/2018
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Welcome to the third floor of The Met Breuer for part two of our tour of “Like Life: Sculpture, Color, and the Body (1300–Now).” We’re joined by Brinda Kumar, Assistant Curator in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art.

Sunday, July 22nd is the last day to see the exhibition, on view at The Met Breuer. https://met.org/2NTe5NK

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
07/05/2018

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Celebrate Independence Day and this evening’s fireworks displays by downloading a free PDF of this Bulletin exploring four centuries of imagery of pyrotechnics. https://met.org/2IMArwR

Publisher: A. Major (New York, NY) | Bird's-Eye View of the Great New York and Brooklyn Bridge, and Grand Display of Fireworks on Opening Night...May 24, 1883 | 1883

06/27/2018
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Gallery views of The Costume Institute's spring 2018 exhibition, "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination" at The Met Cloisters.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
06/12/2018

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Peter the Great's (1672-1725) attempts to Westernize Russia were partially manifested in changes to the traditional costume of the court. Though they were not required by law to adhere to the reformations, the peasant class commonly adopted aspects of Western styles blended with folk dress. This headdress in particular is an excellent example of the melding of cultures found in Russian history. The shape of this headdress is nearly identical to a French style from Alsace illustrated in Auguste Racinet's "The Complete History of Costume". This type of crossover is characteristic of the evolution of Russian dress. https://met.org/2HxwviO

Featured Artwork of the Day: Headdress | fourth quarter 18th century | Russian

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
06/07/2018

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Under her left arm, Ingham's girl carries a magnificent bouquet of flowers that he must have painted from life, but were beyond compare not only in contemporary still life painting but also on the streets of New York. In her right hand, she offers a potted fuchsia, the gesture emblematic of the goddess Flora. The plant itself is symbolic of frustrated love. https://met.org/2Ls5Ne1

Featured Artwork of the Day: Charles Cromwell Ingham (American, 1786–1863) | The Flower Girl | 1846

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
06/03/2018

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Happy birthday to Josephine Baker, who was born on this day in 1906. Selections from the theatrical wardrobe of Baker were featured prominently in the Costume Institute’s 1975 exhibition “American Women of Style.”

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
05/24/2018
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Learn more about two twelfth-century sculptures in the Museum's collection that have been reunited at The Met Cloisters on the occasion of "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination."

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
05/24/2018

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Claude Monet painted six views of the Parc Monceau: three in 1876 and three in 1878. In this canvas, the disposition of light and shade in the foreground, the patterns of the leaves, and the broad contours beginning to develop in areas of strong contrast suggest that Monet had already begun to experiment with the boldly two-dimensional motifs that would characterize his work of the 1880s and 1890s. https://met.org/2GJJ76b

Featured Artwork of the Day: Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926) | The Parc Monceau | 1878

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
05/22/2018

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

In this picture the viewer is invited to imagine the result of teasing an obviously unhappy cat. The picture thus incorporates a time factor and carries a lesson similar to “Let sleeping dogs lie" and "Don’t go poking around vipers." Painted with a directness and spontaneity that look forward to nineteenth-century art, this picture is among the earliest Italian genre paintings. https://met.org/2rYzdZV

Featured Artwork of the Day: Annibale Carracci (Italian, 1560–1609) | Two Children Teasing a Cat

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
05/18/2018

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Designed and embroidered probably in the convent of Saint-Joseph-de-la-Providence for the Marquise de Montespan (1641–1707), these hanging (46.43.1–.4) may have adorned the king's apartment at the château de Rambouillet. The embroidery representing Air shows the figure of Louis XIV. The other three hangings depict three of the six children of the king and Madame de Montespan, symbolizing Spring, Summer, and Fire. The set almost certainly included Autumn and Winter, as well as water; Madame de Montespan herself was perhaps depicted as Juno, representing Earth. https://met.org/2INUBe0

Featured Artwork of the Day: Possibly after a design by Charles Le Brun (French, 1619–1690) | Seasons and Elements (Spring) (set of four) | ca. 1683

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
05/13/2018

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers around the world! Mary Cassatt painted this picture toward the end of her career, and she completed a number of studies and sketches before she arrived at her final composition. The figures, although posed asymmetrically, form a pyramid in the classical manner. The interplay of vertical and horizontal lines in the background maintains the symmetry. https://met.org/2rxiqfk

Featured Artwork of the Day: Mary Cassatt (American, 1844–1926) | Mother and Child with a Rose Scarf | ca. 1908

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
05/08/2018

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

It's Iris Day. "Irises" by Vincent van Gogh is currently on display in the exhibition "Public Parks, Private Gardens: Paris to Provence." https://met.org/2JTPBRN

Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890) | Irises | 1890

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
05/07/2018

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The Met Gala is tonight! Follow us on Twitter (http://met.org/13Jpk14) and Instagram (http://met.org/1GEpXg0) for live coverage from the “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” press preview and 2018 Met Gala. http://met.org/1Z0xdI5

Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli for Valentino | Evening Dress | spring/summer 2014 haute couture | Courtesy of Valentino S.p.A. | Digital Composite Scan by Katerina Jebb

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
05/05/2018

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Frederic Edwin Church was born on this day in 1826. Church visited Greece in 1869 and spent several weeks in Athens. There, he painted numerous studies and oil sketches of the ruins of the Parthenon that later served as the basis for this work. Although he intended to paint a large canvas of the Parthenon while still in Greece, it was not until 1871 that a commission from the financier and philanthropist Morris K. Jesup permitted Church to begin this large canvas. https://met.org/2roTff5

Frederic Edwin Church (American 1826–1900) | The Parthenon | 1871

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
05/04/2018

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Claude Monet made this work in the vicinity of his home in Argenteuil, a village on the Seine northwest of Paris that was a favorite gathering place of the Impressionists. The pastel shades of spring and the clear light inspired him to represent nature almost purely in terms of color. This was the first painting by Monet to enter the Museum’s collection, via bequest in 1926. https://met.org/2r8Xf3Q

Featured Artwork of the Day: Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926) | Spring (Fruit Trees in Bloom) | 1873

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
04/18/2018

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

In late 1891 or early 1892 Auguste Renoir was invited by the French government to execute a painting for a new museum in Paris, the Musée du Luxembourg, which was to be devoted to the work of living artists. He chose as his subject two girls at the piano. Renoir lavished extraordinary care on this project, developing and refining the composition in a series of five canvases. https://met.org/2qFMDZm

Featured Artwork of the Day: Auguste Renoir (French, 1841–1919) | Two Young Girls at the Piano | 1892

04/12/2018
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Explore the art and culture of the Incas, the Aztecs, and their predecessors through the lens of contemporary artist Teresita Fernández

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
04/06/2018
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Sunday, April 8, drop in for free, hands-on family fun. This afternoon's theme is Lasting Legacy. For families with children ages 3–11.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
04/05/2018

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Tiffany’s work in mosaic, inspired by Byzantine examples he had seen abroad, dates to as early as the 1880s, when he began experimenting with iridescent glass and transparent tesserae backed with metal leaf. Mosaic decoration graced countless interiors by him, from churches to department stores. https://met.org/2Itdn6u

Featured Artwork of the Day: Designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, 1848–1933) | Garden Landscape | ca. 1902-32

American Museum of Natural History
04/01/2018

American Museum of Natural History

What you see before you is a skull of a cyclops—the large central hole is the enormous single eye socket. These one-eyed giants once lived on the island of Sicily, where they crafted Zeus's thunderbolts, Hades' invisibility helmet, and Poseidon's trident. Have you guessed by now? That's right: April Fools! Sicily was actually once home to ancient elephants. When the first inhabitants of the island found fossil elephant skulls, they may have mistaken the large central hole where the trunk was attached for the eye socket of a giant one-eyed creature, giving rise to the myth of the cyclops.
Picture: AMNH/ D.Finnin

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
03/30/2018

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Happy 165th birthday to Vincent Van Gogh's, born on this day in 1853. Van Gogh produced more than twenty self-portraits during while in Paris. Short of funds but determined nevertheless to hone his skills as a figure painter, he became his own best sitter: "I purposely bought a good enough mirror to work from myself, for want of a model." https://met.org/2GkGYyi

Vincent van Gogh (Dutch,1853–1890) | Self-Portrait with a Straw Hat (obverse: The Potato Peeler) | 1887

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
03/29/2018
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Condé Nast Traveler's "25 Best Things to Do In New York City" features all three of The Met’s locations: Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer and The Met Cloisters.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
03/17/2018
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

"If you are eager for spring and summer to bloom, then you’ll swoon aplenty over the gorgeous new 'Public Parks, Private Gardens: Paris to Provence' exhibition." Read Forbes’s review of our new exhibition.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
03/09/2018

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Hatshepsut, the most successful of several female rulers of ancient Egypt, declared herself king sometime between years 2 and 7 of the reign of her stepson and nephew, Thutmose III. In this life-size statue, Hatshepsut is shown wearing the nemes-headcloth and the shendyt-kilt. These are part of the ceremonial attire of the Egyptian king, which was traditionally a man's role. The kingly titles on the sides of the throne are feminized to read "the Perfect Goddess, Lady of the Two Lands" and "Bodily Daughter of Re," a practice that was dropped later in her reign. http://met.org/2oUtm6a

Featured Artwork of the Day: Seated Statue of Hatshepsut | ca. 1479-1458 B.C. | New Kingdom | Egypt

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
03/05/2018
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

A volunteer in the Department of Objects Conservation takes a look at artworks in The Met collection that incorporate cinnabar, an important mineral that has been used by cultures around the globe since the 10th millennium B.C.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
02/18/2018

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

This work and its variant in the Musée d'Orsay, Paris, represent the most ambitious paintings Degas devoted to the theme of the dance. Some twenty-four women, ballerinas and their mothers, wait while a dancer executes an "attitude" for her examination. Jules Perrot, a famous ballet master, conducts the class. The imaginary scene is set in a rehearsal room in the old Paris Opéra, which had recently burned to the ground. On the wall beside the mirror, a poster for Rossini’s Guillaume Tell pays tribute to the singer Jean-Baptiste Faure, who commissioned the picture and lent it to the 1876 Impressionist exhibition. http://met.org/2EM9Qlu

Featured Artwork of the Day: Edgar Degas (French, 1834-1917) | The Dance Class | 1874

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
02/01/2018

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

This richly decorated brooch, wrought in silver, is an exceptional example of a type of brooch made in the Roman border province of Pannonia, on the Danube River. These objects are called "wing brooches" because of the winglike extensions that flank the knob at the bend of the bow. http://met.org/2DBUEUf

Wing Brooch | 100-200 | Roman | Pannonia

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
01/26/2018

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The section of a fluted Ionic column in the center of this room stood over fifty-eight feet high in its original location at the Temple of Artemis. The delicate foliate carving on the capital is unique among extant capitals from the temple, and the torus (foliated base), with its vegetal scale-like pattern, is also exceptionally elaborate. Parts of the fluted shaft are restored, and the profiled base below the torus is a copy of the original. http://met.org/2DGhqgU

Featured Artwork of the Day: Marble column from the Temple of Artemis at Sardis | ca. 300 B.C. | Hellenistic | Greece

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
01/13/2018

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

John Singer Sargent was born on this day in 1856. This art bulletin from the Museum’s resident Sargent expert explores his life and work and is available to read in full online. http://met.org/2AThN2k

John Singer Sargent (American, 1856–1925) | Mrs. Hugh Hammersley | 1892

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
01/10/2018

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

#MetKids fun fact: When John Singer Sargent painted this portrait, he wanted to capture the woman's daring style. One way he did this was by showing the right strap of her gown slipping down her shoulder. Later he decided to repaint it to look as it does today. http://met.org/2Dakyzc

John Singer Sargent (American, 1856–1925) | Madame X (Madame Pierre Gautreau) | 1883–84

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
01/08/2018
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

"In ancient Egypt, faience was considered a magical substance, filled with the undying shimmer of the sun and moon, and imbued with the powers of rebirth." Learn more about the technology and production of faience in ancient Egypt in the latest #MetTimeline essay.

British Museum
12/23/2017

British Museum

Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs were first decoded by French scholar Jean- François Champollion – his work laid the foundations of our knowledge of ancient Egyptian language and culture. The Rosetta Stone was key to the decipherment – Champollion realised that hieroglyphs recorded the sound of the Egyptian language. He made a crucial step in understanding ancient Egyptian writing when he pieced together the alphabet of hieroglyphs that was used to write the names of non-Egyptian rulers. Champollion was born #onthisday in 1790.

Read more about why the Rosetta Stone was so important in deciphering ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs in this blog post: http://ow.ly/A8dN30hiCFe

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
12/21/2017

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

This holiday season, come see the magnificently lit, 20-foot blue spruce Christmas tree surrounded by a vivid 18th-century Neapolitan Nativity scene, enshrined in an abundant array of lifelike figures with silk-robed angels hovering above. http://met.org/2B1lAvs

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
12/10/2017

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Beginning in 1891, William Merritt Chase taught at a summer art school in Shinnecock, Long Island. The following year, he and his family moved into their new summer home, Shinnecock Hall, which had been designed and built by the well-known firm of McKim, Mead and White. Chase taught at the beach resort until 1902, conducting open-air classes for as many as a hundred students each summer. This work is characteristic of the outdoor scenes that Chase painted during the 1890s on Long Island beaches.

Featured Artwork of the Day: William Merritt Chase (American1849–1916) | At the Seaside | ca. 1892 http://met.org/2AMk57U

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