5. The Metropolitan Museum of Art (1870)
The museum’s original 5th Avenue incarnation in 1880. Photo from Library of Congress.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art opened in 1870 in a brownstone at 681 Fifth Avenue, then in a mansion at 128 West 14th Street. All were temporary locations until 1880, when the Museum opened its current location at Fifth Avenue and 82nd Street. The photo above shows the Museum’s original Victorian gothic facade, which still exists within the Museum. To learn more, check out The Top 10 Secrets of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.