Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Two medieval Hebrew manuscripts have gone on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to coincide with the beginning of Passover (sundown today, Monday, April 14).

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This is the last weekend to catch Piero della Francesca: Personal Encounters at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a selection of four devotional pictures never before seen in the United States.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s first full-on foray into the world of contemporary Chinese art, Ink Art: Past As Present In Contemporary China surveys 70 works by 35 artists.

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Interviews

The Art of 3D Printing

by Alicia Eler on January 14, 2014

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CHICAGO — For artist Tom Burtonwood, the transition into 3D scanning and printing was as natural as popping food into a microwave rather than settling for cold leftovers.

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Post image for The Eccentric Fish Enthusiast Who Brought Armor to the Met

The museums of New York City sprung out of wealth and curiosity, but few of the turn-of-the-century boosters were quite so eccentric or prolific as Bashford Dean. The expert in both fish and armor — and armored fish — was the major proponent and collector behind the Arms and Armor Department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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When Cleopatra’s Needle was commissioned by Pharaoh Thutmose III around 1450 BCE for the Heliopolis sun temple, the island that would be Manhattan was mostly woodlands.

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News

Today Is #MuseumMascot Day!

by Allison Meier on December 6, 2013

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Today is International Museum Mascot Day, and the animals, mummies, random curios, and other collection creatures that represent their respective museums are celebrating on on Twitter with the #MuseumMascot hashtag.

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Judge Shirley Werner Kornreich of the commercial division of the New York State Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in parts of two different lawsuits today, deeming the institution’s pay-what-you-wish policy acceptable and fair.

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Post image for Relax, the Metropolitan Museum Isn’t Instituting Mandatory Admission Fee

Last week the Metropolitan Museum of Art sent out a press release about a new lease amendment signed by the museum and the City of New York. The amendment concerns the museum’s admission policy, which is currently pay what you wish, and once it was announced, all hell broke loose.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art has offered an $18 admission voucher on the social deals site Groupon, a seeming continuation of their longstanding tendency to mislead New Yorkers about the official “price” of admission.

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