On this day: The Met, New York City

See more from my On This Day series here, where I celebrate travel memories on their trip anniversaries.

On December 7, 2017, I was at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

It was our penultimate day in New York City and we decided to cap off our time in the big city with a visit to one of its top landmarks — the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the Met).

Founded in 1870 to bring art education to the American public, the Met is the largest art museum in the United States and the fourth most visited in the world. Its permanent collection of over 2 million works divided among 17 curatorial departments draws an average of 6.5 million visitors annually to its three locations.

The main building at 1000 Fifth Avenue contains the bulk of the museum’s artifacts, with smaller secondary collections housed at The Cloisters at Fort Tryon Park and the Met Breuer on Madison Avenue.

The permanent collection includes works dating from classical antiquity and ancient Egypt, sculptures from nearly all the European masters, and pieces of American and modern art. Visitors can also explore an encyclopedic collection of musical instruments, costumes, antique weapons and armour, as well as several notable interiors.

The Met is worth a visit whenever you are in New York City. In fact, I was there in both 2016 and 2017, and the photos below are a combination taken from both trips.