When I travel to New York, I try to do as much as possible without killing my credit card. I bet you feel the same! I always grab a New York CityPASS which covers my art, history and culture needs in one pass. The New York CityPASS is for the traveller who wants a beautifully curated trip that they can instagram about and also experience NYC at its finest.
Let’s talk about the New York CityPASS:
• One simple purchase.
• Nine consecutive days of validity, including the first day of use.
• Expedited entry at many attractions.
• Instant delivery with convenient mobile or printable ticket options.
• Adult C$ 183.42
• Child C$ 150.07
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
General Admission, including three consecutive days at The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters, plus Audio Guide
Audio Guide, $7. Ages 12-17, $12; ages 11 & under, free. For New York State residents and New York, New Jersey and Connecticut students, the amount you pay is up to you.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York City, colloquially “the Met”, is the largest art museum in the United States. With 6,953,927 visitors to its three locations in 2018, it was the third most visited art museum in the world. Its permanent collection contains over two million works, divided among seventeen curatorial departments. The main building, on the eastern edge of Central Park along Museum Mile in Manhattan’s Upper East Side is by area one of the world’s largest art galleries. A much smaller second location, The Cloisters at Fort Tryon Park in Upper Manhattan, contains an extensive collection of art, architecture, and artifacts from Medieval Europe. On March 18, 2016, the museum opened the Met Breuer museum at Madison Avenue on the Upper East Side; it extends the museum’s modern and contemporary art program.
What did I love? I loved that with my CityPASS I was able to hit The Met, The Met Breuer and The Met Cloisters within a few days! Talk about a savings! I was even get able to get a $10 discount on items from their gift shop. I always like going down to their basement and using my discount to get further savings on some gift items for friends and family. This time around, I scored some notebooks, a travel pouch and some pins.
I also loved catching the Camp exhibit that was profiled during the Met Gala. I have never seen so many people in one space in my life and it was intense. But that being said, the Camp exhibit had Anna Wintour’s stamp of approval. Not only was it beautifully curated but it captured a wonderful diversity of pieces. My favourite were the Erdem prairie dresses that reminded me of night gowns I wore as a child and the Cardi B’s Thierry Mugler dress.
Hot Tip: Go early in the morning to avoid these people who sleep in and want to get into the Met properties late in the day. Plus you have more time to walk around and take breaks. You need a few days to cover The Met. I have been many times and I still haven’t seen everything.
I also like to visit the Temples of Dendur once a trip. Make sure you take time to check it out and take some selfies for instagram. It’s stunning.
Do The Met and the Met Breuer early in the day on the same day since they are close to one another. Try the Met Cloisters on a week day in the late afternoon.
Lastly, this was my first trip checking out The Cloisters in the Bronx. Wow – not only was it a trek to get there but it’s easily accessible by the Dyckman St Subway Station. Make sure you bring a bottle of water with you; the trek up the mountain at Fort Tryon Park is steep. There are a few small shops before you head up. Grab a burger or sandwich to get you up there and down. That said, once you arrive at the Cloisters take your time, sit in the garden, read a book, explore the beautiful medieval artifacts and architecture that was brought over stone by stone from Europe.