As a heatwave grips New York City, art is still cool, literally and figuratively.
Met Director Thomas P. Campbell announced statistics today that make The Met is one of the hottest tickets in town. The Met welcomed 5.7 million visitors in its just ended (June 30) fiscal year: the most people in 40 years, and 400,000 more than last year.
That’s very cool.
Campbell also noted the status of the Metropolitan Museum of Art as “one of the largest air-conditioned public spaces in New York.”
That’s even cooler.
With a third day of triple-digit heat indexes in the forecast for New York City, just $25 gets any adult (discounts are available) a full day of amazing artwork, air conditioning included. Buy tickets in advance to skip the ever-present lines.
See the artwork of everyone from artist Lucian Freud, who passed away Wednesday at 88, to ancient sculpture.
One of The Met’s current blockbuster shows, Savage Beauty, features the dresses of the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen. The Met’s exhibit of McQueen’s work, which has brought in up to 6,000 visitors daily, is open now until August 7.