The Metropolitan Museum director Thomas P. Campbell announced today that starting this summer on July 1, the museum will stay open every day of the week.
When the full-week schedule starts, the Met’s daily hours will also shift; Sunday through Thursday, the museum will open 10 am to 5:30 pm, and on Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 9 pm.
“Art is a 7-day-a-week passion,” Campbell explains in the announcement. But the decision to open on Monday might have had a few less emotional reasons. The museum has been turning away thousands of Monday visitors who simply didn’t know the Met’s schedule. The added traffic could boost ticket revenue and raise their sky-high attendance record of 6.28 million visitors in 2012.
The newly expanded schedule will also be in effect for The Cloisters and gardens in Fort Tryon Park, located in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan.