The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The largest and most visited art museum in the United States is the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The museum holds seventeen curatorial departments with art from genres such as Ancient Egyptian, European, American, Modern, African, Asian, Oceanian, Byzantine, Indian and Islamic art. This art comes in the form of paintings, sculptures, musical instruments, costumes, accessories, and antique weapons and armor from around the world. The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded in 1870 by a multitude of businessmen, financiers, artists, and thinkers from that time period. The museum first originally opened on February 20, 1872 at 681 Fifth Avenue in New York City. The architecture of the museum is quite unique. From the outside, the museum has a Gothic style to it with tall ceilings and stone structures. The museum has many stone steps and pillars that give the museum its unique style as well. The Museum’s newest exhibit is titled “Unfinished Thoughts Left Visible.” This exhibit addresses the long standing question of when is a work of art finished. Works of the exhibit include many works left incomplete by their makers. A look into the eyes of some of the Renaissance masters. Just as the founder’s intended, the museum affects its surrounding community by bringing art and art education to the many American people who visit the museum daily.

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