8. A Secret View of the Temple of Dendur

One of the best Metropolitan Museum secrets, an overhead view of the Temple of Dendur.

The Temple had a long journey to the museum which started in 1965 when the Egyptian government gifted the Temple of Dendur to the United States government. It took nearly ten years to get to American shores. The Dendur exhibit at the Met opened in 1994. Uncover more secrets of this unique space here!

One of the most celebrated additions by Kevin Roche and John Dinkeloo is the 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 wing.