If you are planning a trip to New York, then you absolutely must visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Met is one of New York’s premier art museums and home to a world-famous collection of over two million pieces of fine art. Divided into nineteen different departments and two separate buildings, the Met is no casual excursion, and you should plan on spending an entire day exploring all it has to offer. To help you map out your itinerary, here is a visitor’s guide to the Metropolitan Museum of Art:

Ticket costs. Tickets to the Met are fairly inexpensive, at $25 for adults, $12 for students, and $17 for seniors. Children under twelve get in for free. You may also become a member of the Met to get special discounted rates. Tickets may be purchased at the door or ordered in advance online, and include entrance to both buildings and all special exhibits.

Hours. The Met is open Tuesday through Sunday, and some Monday holidays (like President’s Day, Memorial Day, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day), so it is a great place to visit when the kids are out of school. The hours of operation are Tuesday through Thursday, 9:30am to 5:30pm, Friday and Saturday 9:30am to 9:00pm, and Sunday 9:30am to 5:30pm.

Exhibits. In addition to its extensive art collection, the Met hosts a number of exhibits. These exhibits are rotated throughout the year, and include themes such as Byzantium and Islam, Medieval Jewish Art, American Indian Art, Storytelling in Japanese Art, and much, much more.

Getting around. Whatever your must-sees are while you are there, it’s a good idea to review a map before your trip so you can plot your course. Don’t forget that you will be covering a lot of ground, and with so much to see, you must plan carefully to avoid missing out. You can find detailed Met maps on the website www.metmuseum.org, or you can get a map at the door.

For navigation. The Met website includes a page full of suggested itineraries if you are not sure where to begin when planning your trip. These itineraries include such themes as visitor favorites, families with children under five, and families with children five and up, among others.

Visiting New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art is sure to be an experience you will never forget. Plan your trip carefully to get the most out of your day at the Met.

About the Author: Nana Sigmund loves visiting New York City, trying different Manhattan bed and breakfast suites and enjoying all that the area has to offer. She highly recommends a weekend trip, at the least, to visit the area’s hottest museums.