New York City is in fact the cultural capital of the United States!
New York is host to; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Solomon R. Guggengheim Museum, The Frick Collection, The Cooper-Hewitt Museum – the Smithsonian’s Institute for Design in New York, of course The Museum of Modern Art and many more.
Let’s just take The Metropolitan Museum of Art for an example.
The Met (as we refer to it in NYC) comprises 2,000,000 square feet of gallery space and shows from 8 to 9 hundred thousand works of art and artifacts every day. If you wanted to see everything displayed in the Met, go every day from opening at 10:30am to closing at 5:30pm, spend one minute viewing each piece on display, and if you do it will take you 4 years to see everything! You would surely want an experienced and knowledgeable guide to help you navigate this museum.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art tells the story of humanity. Every culture and era in human history is represented. In the north wing of the Met is the largest collection of Egyptian art and artifacts outside of Cairo, Egypt; including the completely reconstructed Temple of Dendur, a gift from the government of Egypt to the United States in 1967. There is the Hall of Arms & Armory, the Costume Institute, there are halls of ancient Roman, Greek and Byzantine art and artifacts.
There are galleries of every school of European art as well as period rooms. There is of course an American wing.
There are galleries of Asian art, the arts and artifacts of Oceania and the David Rockefeller wing of African Art and Artifacts. One of the chief differences between humanity and all other animals is that we create and maintain a record of our thoughts, beliefs, ideas and accomplishments. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is where you can explore and experience that record!
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