Bonus: Some of our favorite Untapped spots in the Metropolitan Museum of Art:

Chinese Garden Court

The Chinese Garden Court (also known as Astor Court, Gallery 217), located in the Asian Art Wing, is a recreation of an authentic Ming Dynasty garden from Suzhou, complete with a small koi pond. Every twist and turn brings a new view, as described in this  Met Museum video.

Elevated View of Temple of Dendur

One of their most celebrated additions by Kevin Roche and John Dinkeloo is the Sackler Wing housing the Temple of Dendur (Gallery 131). You can enjoy a little-known elevated view of the Temple and Roche’s grand space from the Japanese Art Reading Room (Gallery 232) on the second floor of the Sackler Wing.

Luce Study Center Open Storage Area

If you ever find yourself in need of design or interior decor inspiration in the form of period grandfather clocks, chairs, tables, and desks, you’ll have everything you could possibly need in the Luce Study Center open storage area of the American Wing (Gallery 774).

Castle of Vãlez Blanco

The marble patio from the Castle of Vãlez Blanco, Spain (Gallery 534/535). The marble fittings made their way to Paris, then to George Blumenthal’s New York City mansion, and moved to the museum in 1945 as approximately 2000 stone blocks when the mansion was demolished.

Panorama of Versailles

A circular panoramic view of the Versailles Palace and Gardens located on the first floor of the American Wing (Gallery 735).

The Frank Lloyd Wright Rooms

In the American Wing, there are early rooms from Frank Lloyd Wright (below, Gallery 745) and McKim, Mead & White (Gallery 741), showcasing some of their residential work before they became famous.

Louis Sullivan Stairs from Chicago Stock Exchange

Some of the museum’s collections have become part of the architecture, accessible and usable by the visitor. One example is the pair of Louis Sullivan stairs, rescued from The Chicago Stock Exchange (built 1893), that take you from the first to second floor of Engelhard Court.

All the Items in the Met Museum in One Hallway

A visual display of all the items in the Metropolitan Museum of Art collection, located in the American Wing’s Luce Study Center on the First Floor Mezzanine (Gallery 773).

Rooftop Garden

End your visit with a drink on the fifth-floor roof garden (accessed from the elevators south of Petrie Sculpture Court) and take in the views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline. In the summer, exhibits like Cloud City and Big Bambú  and Pierre Huyghes deconstructed rooftop draw big crowds.

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