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The Met Fifth Avenue

The Met Fifth Avenue presents over 5,000 years of art spanning all cultures and time periods. Since the Museum opened its doors to the public in its current location in Central Park in 1880, its footprint has expanded to cover more than two million square feet. Today, art comes alive in the Museum's galleries and through its exhibitions and events, revealing both new ideas and unexpected connections across time and cultures.

Open Seven Days a Week
Sunday–Thursday: 10 am–5:30 pm*
Friday and Saturday: 10 am–9 pm*

Closed Thanksgiving Day, December 25, January 1, and the first Monday in May. Friday evenings are made possible by the Ruth Lapham Lloyd Trust. Saturday evenings are made possible by the William H. Kearns Foundation.

* Galleries are cleared 15 minutes before closing.

Note: The Met Fifth Avenue will close at 4:45 pm (galleries cleared at 4:30 pm) on Saturday, December 24, and Saturday, December 31.


Suggested Admission

If you buy tickets at a museum ticket counter, the amount you pay is up to you. Ticket includes same-day admission to The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters.

Adults $25
Seniors (65 and over) $17
Students** $12
Members (Join Today!) Free
Children (under 12; accompanied by an adult) Free

Please be as generous as you can.

Exhibitions are free with Museum admission.

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Groups: Advance reservations are required for all adult and student groups of 10 or more, and for any third-party guided tours, regardless of size.

EmptyMet Tours

Marble benches in a row in a European Paintings gallery

An EmptyMet tour is your opportunity to see The Met Fifth Avenue before it opens to the public. One of the Museum's most engaging guides leads you through an intimate view of 5,000 years of human history housed in New York City's most visited museum and attraction. Tickets include same-day admission to The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters.

Purchase an individual ticket for an EmptyMet tour via Viator. Or, see Adult, University, Tourism, and Personal Groups to reserve an EmptyMet tour for a group.


Map showing The Met Fifth Avenue

The Met Fifth Avenue

1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10028

Phone: 212-535-7710

By Subway/Bus

From East Side of Manhattan: Subway: Take the 4, 5, or 6 train to 86th Street and walk three blocks west to Fifth Avenue. This walk is about a half mile and takes approximately 10 minutes. Bus: Take the M1, M2, M3, or M4 bus along Fifth Avenue (from uptown locations) to 82nd Street or along Madison Avenue (from downtown locations) to 83rd Street.

From West Side of Manhattan: Take the 1 train to 86th Street, then the M86 crosstown bus across Central Park to Fifth Avenue; OR take the C train to 81st Street, then the M79 bus across Central Park to Fifth Avenue.

From Penn Station: Take the M4 bus to 83rd Street and Madison Avenue; OR take the C local train to 81st Street and transfer to the M79 crosstown bus across Central Park to Fifth Avenue.

From The Met Cloisters: Take the M4 bus directly to 82nd Street and Fifth Avenue; OR take the A train to 125th Street, transfer to the B or C local train, exit at 81st Street, and transfer to the M79 crosstown bus across Central Park to Fifth Avenue.

Some transfers are free. Please note: Certain restrictions apply to bus and train transfers. Please visit the MTA website for additional details, and for bus and subway maps.


By Sightseeing Tour Bus

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By Metro-North Railroad

Take the Hudson, Harlem, or New Haven Line to Grand Central. From there, take the following:

Subway: Take the 4, 5, or 6 train to 86th Street and walk three blocks west to Fifth Avenue. This walk is about a half mile and takes approximately 10 minutes.

Bus: Take the M1, M2, M3, or M4 bus along Madison Avenue to 83rd Street.


By Car

From The Met Cloisters, Bronx, Northern New Jersey, and New England: Take southbound Henry Hudson Parkway to 96th Street exit; cross Central Park and turn right on Fifth Avenue; enter Museum parking garage at 80th Street.

From Brooklyn and Staten Island: Take Williamsburg Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge, or Battery Tunnel to northbound/uptown FDR Drive; exit at 96th Street; proceed straight onto York Avenue; turn right on 86th Street; turn left on Fifth Avenue and enter Museum parking garage at 80th Street.

From Southern New Jersey: Take New Jersey Turnpike to Holland Tunnel–Uptown exit; northbound Hudson Street becomes Eighth Avenue, which becomes Central Park West; at 86th Street, turn right and cross Central Park; turn right on Fifth Avenue and enter Museum parking garage at 80th Street.

From Bronx, Queens, Long Island, Upstate New York, and New England via RFK Bridge: Take southbound/downtown FDR Drive to 96th Street exit; proceed straight onto York Avenue; turn right on 86th Street; turn left on Fifth Avenue and enter Museum parking garage at 80th Street.

From Queens and Long Island via Queensborough Bridge: Use either level; take right-lane exit onto 60th Street (westbound); at Madison Avenue, turn right and drive north/uptown; turn left on 81st Street then left on Fifth Avenue; enter Museum parking garage at 80th Street.


Information for Bus Drivers

Buses are not permitted to stand or park on Fifth Avenue. Buses may stop long enough to unload or load passengers. Please note that these laws are strictly enforced by the New York City Police Department and Department of Transportation. After unloading on Fifth Avenue at 83rd Street, buses may cross Central Park at 79th Street or 65th Street and proceed to West 62nd Street between Columbus Avenue and Amsterdam Avenue, most of which is reserved for bus layovers. The recommended return route is north on Amsterdam Avenue to 86th Street, east on 86th Street across Central Park, and south on Fifth Avenue.

Visit the official New York City website for updated motor coach regulations and Charter Bus Parking Guidelines.


Parking

The Museum parking garage, located at Fifth Avenue and 80th Street, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A parking discount is available to Museum Members only. To receive a discount, Museum Members must have their tickets validated at the Uris Center for Education Membership/Visitor Information Desk. For more information, please call 212-535-7710.

Hours

Rate

Member Rate
(With Validation)

Enter 12:00 am–5:00 pm
Up to 1 $21 $17
Up to 2 $28 $23
Up to 3 $35 $30
Up to 5 $40 $35
Up to 10 $45 $40
Max. to 24 hours $49 $49
Enter 5:00 pm–12:00 am
Up to 1 $17 $14
Up to 2 $23 $19
Up to 5 $30 $24
Up to 10 $31 $27
Max. to 24 hours $49 $49

Designated spaces are available in the parking garage for visitors with disabilities. The clearance is six feet, six inches (6' 6"). Alternate arrangements can be made in advance for visitors with disabilities traveling in oversized vehicles. Please call 212-650-2010, between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Bicycle racks are provided inside the garage for use during regular Museum hours only at a cost of $15 per day. Bicycles are parked at the owner's risk; the Museum accepts no responsibility for vandalism or theft.

The Museum is committed to making its collection, buildings, programs, and services accessible to all audiences. The Met Fifth Avenue offers events for visitors with disabilities on a regular basis.


WheelchairsWheelchair Accessible

The Met Fifth Avenue is accessible to wheelchair users and other visitors who need to avoid stairs. Accessible entrances are located at Fifth Avenue and 81st Street and through the parking garage at Fifth Avenue and 80th Street.

Visitors with disabilities may use mobility devices, including manual and electric wheelchairs, mobility scooters, and manually powered mobility aids (such as walkers, canes, and crutches) in all areas open to public pedestrian use. You may also use certain electronic personal assistance mobility devices (EPAMDs) in areas open to public pedestrian use in accordance with Museum guidelines. Please contact access@metmuseum.org or 212-650-2010 for guidelines and to make a reservation.

Visitors may borrow manual wheelchairs (standard and wide) from the coat check at the 81st Street entrance on a first-come, first-served basis. To request an escort for a wheelchair user, contact visitor.assistance@metmuseum.orgor 212-570-3711 (two weeks' notice is preferred).


Service Animals

Service animals are welcome in the Museum.


Assistive Listening DevicesAssistive Listening Device icons

Assistive listening devices (with headsets or neck loops) are provided at a variety of gallery programs. See the schedule of events for visitors with hearing loss.

Individuals can request assistive listening devices (with headsets and neck loops) for other tours and programs. Ask at the Audio Guide Desk in the Great Hall. For family programs, inquire at the Carson Family Hall desk in the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education. In the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium and the Uris Center for Education, ask an usher or program instructor.

Induction loops are located at the Information and Membership Desks and at select Admissions Desks in the Great Hall and Burke Hall in the Uris Center for Education, as well as at the MetLiveArts box office in the Great Hall. Look for the signs indicating locations.


Real-Time CaptioningReal-Time Captioning

Real-time captioning is available for lectures upon request with at least three weeks' notice, subject to the availability of captioners. Contact access@metmuseum.org or 212-650-2010 (voice). Relay and voice calls welcome.


Sign Language InterpretationSign Language Interpretation

See the schedule of events presented in American Sign Language with and without voice interpretation, as well as events with Sign Language interpretation.

American Sign Language interpretation is available free of charge for other Museum events or guided group tours with two weeks' notice, subject to the availability of interpreters. Voice interpretation may be requested for programs in ASL only. Contact access@metmuseum.org or 212-650-2010 (voice). Relay and voice calls welcome.


Large PrintAccessible Print

Large-print label booklets are available for some exhibitions. They can be found in dispensers at exhibition entrances.

Large-print What's On Today flyers are available at Information Desks.


Audio GuideHeadphones, ear, and large-print icons

Listen to the Audio Guide on your smartphone or pick up a player at the Audio Guide Desk in the Great Hall, at entrances to exhibitions, and at Met Store locations throughout the Museum. Audio Guide players are free for visitors who are blind, partially sighted, Deaf, or with hearing loss.

Audio Guide players have volume controls and headsets. Neck loops for hearing aids with T-switches are available upon request. Transcripts in standard and large print are also available for selected tours.


Public TelephonesVolume Control

Wheelchair-accessible public telephones, as well as telephones with volume control, are located in the Museum. See The Met Fifth Avenue map (PDF) for locations.

Helpful Hints

  • Water in plastic bottles may be brought into the Museum. Other food or drink is not allowed and may not be checked at the coat checks.
  • Flash photography and video cameras cannot be used inside the Museum.
  • Only pencils may be used in the galleries; the use of pens and markers is prohibited.
  • Strollers are allowed in all galleries unless otherwise noted.
  • Wheelchairs are available at the coat checks.

Save Time by Traveling Light

  • All backpacks and packages must be checked in at the coat-check facilities. Avoid waiting in long lines by leaving backpacks and packages at home.
  • Luggage, carry-on bags, and oversize backpacks are not allowed in the Museum and cannot be checked in at the coat-check facilities.
  • Musical instruments cannot be brought into the Museum and may not be checked at the coat checks.
  • Coats and small umbrellas may be carried into the galleries. Large umbrellas must be checked.

Strollers

Strollers are permitted in most areas—inquire at Information Desks for gallery limitations. Oversize and jogging strollers are prohibited.


Luggage and Coat Check

Luggage is not allowed into the Museum and cannot be checked in at the Museum's coat-check facilities. This includes small carry-ons and oversize backpacks. All backpacks, large bags, and large umbrellas must be checked in at the coat-check facilities. To ensure the safety of the collection, the Museum does not permit visitors to carry bags on their backs in the galleries. Musical instruments are not allowed into the Museum without prior appointment, and cannot be checked in the coat-check facilities. Food and drink are not allowed in the Museum and may not be checked in at the coat-check facilities.

The Museum reserves the right to decide what can and cannot be checked in at the coat-check facilities. Questions about the Museum's luggage or coat-check policy can be referred to the Security Office at 212-570-3781.


Lost and Found

If you have left something behind at the Museum, call the Lost and Found Office at 212-570-3981.


First Aid

Inform the nearest security officer if you require first aid in the galleries.


Photography

Still photography is permitted for private, noncommercial use only in the Museum's galleries devoted to the permanent collection. Photographs cannot be published, sold, reproduced, transferred, distributed, or otherwise commercially exploited in any manner whatsoever. Photography is not permitted in special exhibitions or areas designated as "No Photography"; works of art on loan from private collections or other institutions may not be photographed. The use of flash is prohibited at all times and in all galleries. Movie and video cameras are prohibited. Tripods are allowed Monday through Friday, and only with a permit issued by the Information Desk in the Great Hall.

For press and other special photography, including film and videotape projects, please contact the Communications Department during business hours by phone (212-879-5500, ext. 3441) or fax (212-472-2764). See Image Resources for more information about requests regarding photographs of works of art owned by the Museum for any purpose other than private and noncommercial.

The Museum reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to withhold and/or withdraw permission to photograph on its premises or to reproduce photographs of objects in its collection.


Sketching and Copying

Sketching, in pencil only, is permitted in all the permanent collection galleries of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Sketching is also permitted in most special exhibitions; please inquire at the Information Desk in the Great Hall about current exhibitions and guidelines.

The use of ballpoint pens, ink, markers, fountain pens, or watercolors is not permitted at any time. Crayon, pastel, and charcoal are permitted only on Museum-supervised tours that specifically authorize their use.

While sketching, please do not hinder visitor traffic flow in the galleries.

During periods of high attendance, the Museum reserves the right to make any necessary adjustments to this sketching policy.

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Food & Drink

The Cafeteria $

A busy cafeteria with many people selecting food; signs indicate individual food stations

Hours

Monday–Thursday: 11:30 am–4 pm
Friday: 11:30 am–6 pm
Saturday: 11:30 am–6 pm
Sunday: 11:30 am–4 pm

Location

Ground floor, with access from the first floor behind the Medieval Hall and from the second floor at the rear of the European Paintings galleries

Family-friendly dining featuring an array of á la carte options for all visitors.

Family-friendly dining featuring an array of á la carte options for all visitors.

Petrie Court Café $$

Café tables and chairs in a European sculpture courtyard

Hours

Daily: 11:30 am–4 pm
(Afternoon tea menu available 2–4 pm)

Location

Carroll and Milton Petrie European Sculpture Court

Full-service dining with Central Park as backdrop. To make reservations for dinner or for groups of five or more, please...

Full-service dining with Central Park as backdrop. To make reservations for dinner or for groups of five or more, please call 212-570-3964.

The American Wing Café $$

Café tables and chairs in the American sculpture courtyard

Hours

Monday–Thursday & Sunday: 10 am–4:30 pm
Friday & Saturday: 10 am–8:15 pm

Location

The Charles Engelhard Court, first floor

Quick and casual American favorites with views of Central Park.

Quick and casual American favorites with views of Central Park.

Roof Garden Bar $

A rooftop sculpture garden café with skyline views

Hours

Closed for the season.

Location

Fifth floor via the elevator in the European Sculpture and Decorative Arts galleries

Cocktails and light fare. Open-air setting with views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline. Seasonal...

Cocktails and light fare. Open-air setting with views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline. Seasonal (May–October). Groups can pre-purchase beverage vouchers for up to 30 guests to use on beverages at the Roof Garden Bar. Please email mettours@metmuseum.org or call 212-570-3711 for more information.

Great Hall Balcony Bar $$

Café with tables and chairs, and live classical music

Hours

Friday & Saturday: 4–8:30 pm (last call at 7:45 pm)

Location

Second-floor balcony overlooking the Great Hall

Cocktails and appetizers with waiter service and live music (Friday and Saturday evenings).

Cocktails and appetizers with waiter service and live music (Friday and Saturday evenings).

The Balcony Lounge $$

Hours

Monday–Thursday & Sunday: 10 am–5 pm
Friday & Saturday: 10 am–8 pm

Location

Second floor, adjacent to the Great Hall Balcony

Contemporary lounge for Members at the Friend and Sustaining levels and above. Farm-to-table menu and refreshments. For...

Contemporary lounge for Members at the Friend and Sustaining levels and above. Farm-to-table menu and refreshments. For more information, please call 212-650-2910.

Members Dining Room $$$

Groups of professionally dressed museumgoers eating at two tables before large windows revealing the New York City skyline

Hours

Monday–Thursday: 12–2 pm
Friday: 12–2 pm, 5:30–10:30 pm (last seating at 8:30 pm)
Saturday: 11:30 am–2 pm, 5:30–10:30 pm (last seating at 8:30 pm)
Sunday: 11 am–3 pm

Location

Fourth floor via the elevator in the European Sculpture and Decorative Arts galleries

Fine dining for all Members. Seasonal menus and treetop views of Central Park. Reservations are recommended; to reserve,...

Fine dining for all Members. Seasonal menus and treetop views of Central Park. Reservations are recommended; to reserve, please call 212-570-3975.

Members Rooftop Bar $$

Members enjoy drinks and panoramic views on The Met

Hours

Closed for the season.

Location

Fifth floor via the elevator in the European Sculpture and Decorative Arts galleries

Members enjoy special access to our Members Rooftop Bar, featuring a selection of summer cocktails and killer views of...

Members enjoy special access to our Members Rooftop Bar, featuring a selection of summer cocktails and killer views of the New York City skyline.

Join today so you can spend less time in lines and more time enjoying the views.

Museum Map

The Met Fifth Avenue: Map of Floor 1

Download The Met Fifth Avenue map (PDF).


**The Museum participates in several programs that include free admission for students. All New York City public school students, along with students from Bard Graduate Center, Barnard College, Columbia University, and the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, may visit the Museum for free. Please check with your school administrator to see if your student ID allows free admission to the Museum.