Opening Hours


Timings for The Met at Fifth Avenue

The Metropolitan Museum of Art at Fifth Avenue, New York, stays open all days of the week, excluding Wednesdays.

The Met’s opening hours are 10 am to 5 pm. 

On Friday and Saturday, the museum opens at 10 am and closes at 9 pm, which gives you four extended hours.

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

The Met is open throughout the year except for Thanksgiving Day, December 25, January 1, and the first Monday in May. 

Every year on the first Monday in May, the Met hosts its annual fundraiser called the Met Gala.
Later, the costumes worn that night are displayed in the Costume Institute at the Met.

You can book a guided tour of the Met and visit Anna Wintour Costume Institute to look at all the showstopping outfits worn to Met Gala.

Timings for the Met Cloister

If you’re heading to The Met Cloister, it is open from 10 am to 4.30 pm every day except Wednesdays.

Monday10 am to 4.30 pm
Tuesday10 am to 4.30 pm
Thursday10 am to 4.30 pm
Friday10 am to 4.30 pm
Saturday10 am to 4.30 pm
Sunday10 am to 4.30 pm

The Cloister is open throughout the year except on Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1.

Met Cloister remains closed on Wednesday.

The best time to visit 

Thursday mornings are the best time to visit the museum since it is less crowded.

Generally, there are fewer visitors in the morning than in the afternoon.

Saturday is the busiest day of the week at The Met and is the most crowded. During school and public holidays, the number of visitors increases.

The Met is one of the busiest museums in the world, but if definitely worth the visit.

To make the most out of your trip, book a guided tour of the Met, where an expert will be by your side to help you navigate your way through the museum. 

Since February and September are the off-season, they are the least crowded months.

If you wish to find a quick route through the Met to make your trip more time efficient, a map always comes in handy.

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