One of the highlights of my New York trip was visiting The Metropolitan Museum of Art. I first saw it in Gossip Girl since the Blair and her friends usually hangout for lunch at the Met’s steps. But if you’re not a Gossip Girl fan like me, I’m sure you’ve heard about this place from the annual Met Gala, where celebrities dress up with their most creative and artistic designer dresses, for a charity event in benefit of the Met’s Costume Institute.
True to being one the biggest museums in the world, The Met has one heck of a collection. It holds a little bit of everything from every corner of the world. And since it was my first time to actually step inside such a grand museum, the massive collection actually overwhelmed me, they really had everything! I had to make sure I listed all my favorite spots so that when I come back, I’ll be able to see them again.
Ever since I was in elementary, I have always been interested in the Egyptian history. Thanks to those encyclopedias which opened my mind to their world and more. All those mummies and mystical pyramids, well, basically their way of life — I wanted to see them for myself. And because I was saving my Egypt trip for another time in my life, the closest thing I would have to breathing ancient Egyptian dust was inside The Met.
European and Medieval Art
This is my second favorite area in the museum! One fact about me is that I love watching movies about Joan of Ark, Anne Boleyn and about old Europe. Until now, I binge-watch series like The Crown, Reign and The Tudors on Netflix. So, just imagine how giddy I was when I got to see treasures from that period in history.
The Charles Engelhard Court
It would be a shame to visit the US and not learn a thing or two about their history. The Met’s American Wing is the perfect place to get your dose of American history. The collection ranges from little antiquities likes jars and vases, to statues and lamp posts and even building facades!
I really loved The Charles Engelhard Court, simply because the moment I stepped inside, I felt this funny feeling of tranquility and that’s rare to find in a busy city like New York. You really wouldn’t be able to miss this place since there’s a huge building façade smacked right at the middle, by the way, that’s the Martin E. Thompson Branch Bank of America and it’s surrounded by various marbled sculptures, mosaics and planting beds. The ceiling is a beautiful glass and the walls are covered by stained glass windows where on one side the court, one could actually see Central Park.
Some photos I took inside the American Wing when I entered through the red door of the Martin E. Thompson Branch Bank of America.
The MET Rooftop
If not for my cousin, Enrique, I wouldn’t know that this place existed or even if I did I would be too shy to go up. And I must say, the view from above is amazing!
The MET Steps
Well, this one’s a no-brainer. *wink*
This is the place where they take those red carpet photos during The Met Gala and this is where Serena and Blair spend their mornings when they were still students.
Photos are from June 2015.