There’s always something going on at the Met and the second weekend in May is no exception. This coming weekend features lectures and panels, “Talks and Tours” segments and free family programs that will both inspire and educate. A visit to the Metropolitan Museum is a must for any New York City adventure, and with these fun activities and educational tours you can experience something extremely unique each time you visit.
Michelangelo is one of the most well-known figures of the renaissance era. Now on loan from the French Republic to the Metropolitan Museum, his fragmentary marble statue, Young Archer will be studied in-depth during this symposium. Topics discussed will include not only the statue but also the cultural, religious and socioeconomic forces at work in Florence during the Renaissance era. The Saturday event begins at 10:00 am on the 19th and continues throughout the day with various lectures concerning Michelangelo, his work and his time. The lectures are free with museum admission.
The museum also does several “Talk and Tours” that help guests get acquainted with certain areas and artifacts. One such tour, the Museum Highlights, takes visitors to all of the best spots in the museum, introducing paintings, sculpture and other arts that are nothing short of extraordinary. Other tours are specifically themed, like the Spring, Courtship and Medieval Youth Culture Tour which runs from 12:00-1:00 pm on the 19th. Many tours will be going on throughout the day, like Arts of the Islamic World at 1:45 and Arts and Armor at 2:00. All of these tours are free with admission to the museum.
On the 20th from 11:00 am-12:00 pm the family program “Starts with Art at the Met” begins. There, families with children ages 3-7 can sketch together, explore various areas of the museum and hear the stories of art cultures past and present. At the same time a different family adventure will be taking place in the Carson Family Hall, where families with children ages 5-12 will be exploring different areas of the globe through art. All of the family programs are also free with admission, though space is limited.
If you’ve decided to stay close to the Met for your New York weekend, try The Sheraton Manhattan – Times Square Area or the Hotel Carter Times Square Area, both of which are within a two mile radius. For a more scenic stay, book the Comfort Inn Central Park West, which is only a mile from the Met and is within walking distance of Central Park. If you’re interested in staying in New York a bit longer, check out some of the area’s top activities.
Wherever you go in New York a rich sense of culture commingles with the sounds of the busy streets. Nowhere do they celebrate the culture of New York better than at the Metropolitan Museum, where the past and present come together in a colorful artistic display.