The MET Opening Hours, Schedule, Best Time to Visit and More

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) welcomes visitors six days a week, open from 10 am to 5 pm on most days. 

The MET Fifth Avenue stays open until 9 pm on Fridays and Saturdays for those interested in visiting in the evening.

The museum is closed on Wednesdays.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is also closed on key holidays like Thanksgiving Day, December 25, January 1, and the first Monday in May.

Here are the opening hours for every day of the week:

Monday10 am to 5 pm
Tuesday10 am to 5 pm
Thursday10 am to 5 pm
Friday10 am to 9 pm
Saturday10 am to 9 pm
Sunday10 am to 5 pm

MET Cloisters Opening Hours

The MET Cloisters is open every day except Wednesday, from 10 am to 4.30 pm. 

Like the main museum, the Cloisters are also closed on Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1 to ensure visitors can plan their visits accordingly.

Best Time to visit the MET

Best Time to visit the MET
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To enjoy the MET with fewer people around, it’s best to visit early in the day. 

Arriving at 9.30 am with an online skip-the-line ticket will help you avoid long waits. 

The museum typically gets busier an hour or two after opening but quiets down after 3 pm. 

If you are in a rush and wish for a quick MET visit, arrive by 2.30 pm and stay until closing. 

Visiting on Friday or Saturday evenings, when the museum is open until 9 pm, is also a good option for a peaceful visit.

Weekly Recommendations for Visiting

Visiting the MET on a weekday, especially on Monday or Tuesday, offers a quieter experience due to the museum being closed on Wednesdays.

 Weekends are busier, but you can still find less crowded times by visiting early in the morning or late in the evening. 

Fridays and Saturdays are also the ideal time to visit due to their extended opening hours till 9 pm. 

The Great Hall Balcony Bar offers a unique evening experience with cocktails, light snacks, and live music on Fridays and Saturdays.

Best Months to Visit the MET

The warmer months are perfect for enjoying the views from the museum’s rooftop, which overlooks Central Park and the Manhattan skyline. 

However, the summer months from  April to September witness the highest number of visitors. 

January, February, and October are the best months for those who prefer fewer crowds and more affordable tickets, but remember to dress warmly.

How Long Does it Take to Visit MET?

How Long Does it Take to Visit MET?
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Generally, a thorough overview of the museum’s key highlights can be achieved within two to three hours. 

This allows visitors to appreciate the most famous exhibits and artworks without feeling rushed. 

However, art enthusiasts need a full day to dive into its vast collections, including special exhibits and less-visited sections. 

The Met has over 2 million square feet of gallery space spread across three locations (the Main Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Cloisters, and The Met Breuer). 

It is impossible to see the entire permanent collection in one day.

Hence, we recommend you spend four to five hours exploring MET Fifth Avenue until the art fatigue strikes you. 

After that, head to one of the nearby restaurants to relax and rewind before you continue your tour. 

FAQS About Metropolitan Museum of Art Hours

1. When is the Met closed?

The Met is closed on Wednesdays except on certain public holidays.

2. Is the MET Museum open on Presidents Day?

The MET is open from 10 am to 5 pm on Presidents Day. 

3. Is MET open on public holidays? 

Yes, the MET is open on holidays like Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, and Memorial Day.

4. What are the MET opening hours on Independence Day?

On July 4th, the MET hours are 10am to 9pm.

5. When can members get early access?

Members can enter at 9am on Saturdays and Sundays for early access.

6. How much time do you need at the Met?

To see the highlights, plan for three to five hours.
To view specific collections or temporary exhibits, plan  around one to two hours.

7. When is the best time to avoid crowds?

The best times are weekday mornings, excluding holidays. 
The early opening hours are also less crowded.

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