As I was walking by the Metropolitan Museum of Art recently, the light bulb went off in my head and my small still voice said: “Why don’t you go in?” Instead of arguing that I was in a hurry, I didn’t have enough time to really look at the exhibitions, I didn’t feel like climbing the stairs (seriously?), all arguments I knew I’d lose, I just went with it!
The MMA is undergoing a renovation of its outdoor plazas and fountains that is scheduled to finish in the fall of 2014. There are construction barricades all along Fifth Avenue, informing the public about the changes that are taking place. There’s heavy machinery over by the south wing of the building. I like heavy machinery. I’m always fascinated by the tasks they are able to accomplish and by the people who operate these mechanical leviathans.
Inside, you have to go through security. If you’re planning on visiting, know that you’ll be asked to check any large bag, package, or backpack in the cloak room.
The entrance of the MMA is quite stately, with a rotunda in the center, arches leading to each wing of the building, and marble balustrades protecting the galleries high above. The flower arrangements in this area are always massive, abundant and exquisite. Currently, there’s a Warhol exhibition. It’s appropriate to have these giant Flowers canvasses displayed in the floral lobby. A quick look at Ramses II gazing serenely at the holiday crowds, and I’m outta there!
Yes, there’s tons more stuff to see and experience inside this wonderful building. When a full-out tour is not possible, it’s nice to have a pause that refreshes!