The Metropolitan Museum of Art, or MET, is my favorite museum I’ve visited so far. Though Paris’s Louvre is easily grander, I love that the MET shows a broader array of art from medieval to modern. I’ve had the opportunity to visit the museum on three occasions now, and I’ve always found new nooks and crannies to explore that I didn’t on prior trips. I also appreciate that on each visit I’ve been able to walk in without waiting in a huge line. Something that you really can’t avoid at the Louvre, even by using the secret entrances.
On our most recent visit, we arrived the day after the legendary MET Gala so we were some of the first to view the new special exhibition Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. As described on their website, the exhibition “features a dialogue between fashion and medieval art from The Met collection to examine fashion’s ongoing engagement with the devotional practices and traditions of Catholicism.” To put it simply, the exhibition was gorgeous, from the ornate clothing and jewelry to the music that perfectly encapsulated the grandeur of the art. If you have a chance to visit NYC between now and October 8th, I highly recommend a stop here to view this gorgeous exhibition and spend a few hours getting lost in the other fantastic wings.