Amy Meets America: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Today was an art-packed day as I visited both the Metropolitan Museum of Art (“the Met”) and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. The Met was definitely the highlight, and the focus of my day. I’ll talk about the Guggenheim and the MoMA in another post.

The few people I talked to about the Met before I went recommended that I opt for MoMA instead, saying that the Met didn’t have the same quality of paintings. I’ve been to both now, and all I can say to that is – the Met is so much more than just paintings!. Yes, it only has a section for modern art, rather than an entire museum – but that’s what makes the Met the Met, and MoMA the MoMA.

If you loved the Louvre, you’ll love the Met.

I loved the Met for everything but the modern art, because I went for everything else! I’m a bit of a history nerd at times, so the European bits and pieces from the 15th – 18th centuries had my interest especially.

Ye be warned, though, if you blush at the semi-accurate replication of male genitalia then the first floor probably isn’t for you…

Amy Meets America: American Museum of Natural History

Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my!

If I had to choose a single word to describe the American Museum of Natural History, it would be “Beautiful“. The next on the list would be “Wow“.

The building is gorgeous, the exhibits are wonderful and the ‘Journey to the Stars‘ show was fantastic.

I can only imagine being lucky enough to visit with my dinosaur-crazed brother growing up. It would have potentially been life-changing. How lucky the kids of New York are! (Granted the admission cost for a family can be quite steep…).

My initial plan was to check out this museum in the morning, then wander through Central Park to check out the Met after lunch. I’m so glad that I did this one first, because it was after 3pm (4-5 hours after arriving) that I actually left. If you’re looking to go, but don’t want to spend a whole day wandering the halls – you’ll have to plan your trip before you get there and stick to your guns. Follow your nose and you’ll be in there for hours!