Reopened Met to Mark 150th Anniversary

Making The Met, 1870–2020
courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Opening reception on February 20, 1872, in the picture gallery in Dodworth Mansion (681 Fifth Avenue), the first home of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Wood engraving from Frank Leslies's Illustrated Newspaper, March 9, 1872. 

The signature exhibition of The Met's 150th-anniversary year takes visitors on an immersive, thought-provoking journey through the history of one of the world's preeminent cultural institutions. Making The Met, 1870–2020 features more than 250 superlative works of art of nearly every type, from visitor favorites to fragile treasures that can only be displayed from time to time. Organized around transformational moments in the evolution of the Museum's collection, buildings, and ambitions, the exhibition reveals the visionary figures and cultural forces that propelled The Met in new directions since its founding. Rarely seen archival photographs, engaging digital features, and stories of both behind-the-scenes work and the Museum's community outreach enhance this unique experience.

Event Information
Start Date: August 29, 2020
End Date: January 3, 2021
Venue: Metropolitan Museum of Art

Making The Met, 1870–2020