The Fascinating World of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Did you know that there are more than 80 museums in New York City? Of course, one of the most popular and renowned of all of the NYC museums is the New York Metropolitan Museum. Since it was first established in 1870, the MET Museum of Art exhibits have included artifacts from the earliest civilizations, such as cuneiform tablets, to the famous MET New York Roof Garden. While the museum certainly has its stalwart collections, one never knows what to expect when visited the Metropolitan Museum.

Many aficionados of classic art consider the MET Museum NYC to be the nexus of the art world, for it is the largest museum in the United States, and among the 10 largest in the world. And with a collection of over 2 million works, the MET Museum of Art houses the most important art collection of any museum in the world. But the exhibits at the museum are so diverse, particularly when you consider the ever changing “special exhibits,” that no matter how many times you have been to the New York Metropolitan Museum of art, you still never know what to expect.

An example of the special exhibits that are on display at the MET was just announced today. According to the New York Times, the opening of this very special exhibit is scheduled to coincide with the 2013 Major League Baseball All Star Game, which will take place at the home of the New York Mets, Citi Field.

Although MET Museum of Art possesses a collection of more than 31,000 baseball cards, will consist of the 600 rarest and valuable cards. The collection, the size of which is only surpassed by the collection housed in the Professional Baseball Hall of Fame, was donated to the MET during the 1940s by Jefferson R. Burdick. After his generous donation, the MET even temporarily hired Burdick to catalog his massive collection.

The infamous Jefferson R. Burdick Collection is merely one example of the unique exhibits that can be viewed at the museum. While each special exhibit attracts people to the MET Museum who might not consider themselves the “Museum type,” some come to witness first hand artifacts from the earliest day of civilizations. Still, others come to the MET Museum in NYC because they never know what surprises await them.