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.