Chapter 15. The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The outer coffin of Henettawy shot through glass. Taken at ISO 1000, f/2.2, 1/50 second with a 50mm lens.

Why It's Worth a Photograph

Anchoring the southern end of Manhattan's famous Museum Mile, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is located at 82nd Street on Fifth Avenue. The Met, as it is known colloquially, is one of the largest art galleries in the world. Stretching for a quarter-mile along Central Park, the building offers a multitude of photo opportunities before ever entering the world-class galleries. Once you step inside, the vastness of the museum becomes clear as the great entrance hall stretches before you.

The best advice for enjoying your visit is to pick two or three exhibits that really pique your interest. Then put your map away and get lost looking for the exit. The Beaux-Arts façade, the grand entrance hall, and the incredible collection of unique art and history make the Met a must-visit when in New York.

Why It's Worth a Photograph

The best vantage points from which to photograph the Metropolitan Museum of Art: (A) Fifth Avenue, (B) the Great Hall, (C) the galleries, and (D) the grounds. Other photo ops: (5) Central Park and (11) Guggenheim Museum.

Where Can I Get the Best Shot?

The best places to photograph at the Metropolitan Museum of Art are from Fifth ...

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