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Today Is The Met’s Birthday: Celebrate with Us

HBD, MMA! Here’s to many more

On April 13, 1870, The Metropolitan Museum of Art came into formal existence, when the Legislature of the State of New York passed a charter establishing the institution.


Since that auspicious date, The Met has grown into one of the largest and most acclaimed museums in the world. We can think of many hundreds of reasons to celebrate today—but thought we’d start with a few below. Happy 149th birthday to The Met!

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. ca. 1894


149 Years of Exhibitions

The Fifth Avenue facade, 2004. Photograph: Anna-Marie Kellen


149 Years of Serving New Yorkers

An aerial view of the Museum and Central Park, facing northeast, ca. fall 1994


149 Years of Conservation

The Museum’s Gilders Shop, October 5, 1926


149 Years of Scholarship

Researchers in the Thomas J. Watson Library, 1982


149 Years of Leadership

Michelle Obama at the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the reopening of the American Wing, May 18, 2009. Photograph: Joe Coscia


149 Years of Joy

The Met’s Lunar New Year Festival to celebrate the Year of the Monkey, February 6, 2016. Photograph: Heather Johnson


149 Years of Beauty

The Great Hall, 1975


149 Years of Reproductions

Visitors at the Information Desk, 1921


And for one day only, The Met Store is celebrating this occasion with 30% off a selection of 149 festive, thoughtful art-inspired gifts.

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