Saturday, June 29, 2013

Good News For Art Lovers

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Extends Hours

Great Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art 
Photo: Brooks Walter, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Beginning Monday, July 1, 2013, The Metropolitan Museum of Art will be open on Mondays. Locals and out-of-towners will be able to experience the Museum's treasures seven days a week. This equates to an additional weekly 7 1/2 public viewing hours.

Lines for "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" exhibition, 
Photo:  AP, Gothamist Daily Web Site

Judging from past and current crowds, Mondays hours are a gift to all visitors.

Take note of the Museum's new schedule:

Main Building
Monday - Thursday 10:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Closed:  Thanksgiving Day, December 25, January 1, and the first Monday in May

The Cloisters
Open 7 Days a Week

March–October 10:00 a.m.-5:15 p.m. 

November–February 10:00 a.m.-4:45 p.m. 

Closed: Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1

Interior of the Thomas J. Watson Library
Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art, Google Images

The Museum’s libraries will also increase their hours.  The Thomas J. Watson and Nolen Libraries will be open on Mondays starting July 1. This means an additional day of research time at Watson and Nolen. All services will be available on Mondays, including paging, access to electronic resources, digital scanners, and reference assistance.  See the following new hours:

Watson Library
Monday - Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Closed:  Closed on national and staff holidays, including Election Day and the day after Thanksgiving; the library closes at 3:00 p.m. on the Fridays before holiday weekends.

Nolen Library
Monday - Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed:  National and staff holidays, including Lincoln’s birthday, Election Day, Veterans Day and Thanksgiving weekend; the library closes at 3:00 p.m. on Fridays before holiday weekends.

Visit the Museum on a Monday soon before the new schedule gets well-known.  You may find yourself communing with artworks solo.

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