The Museum Mile in NYC is lined up with tree-line pathways, and art galleries such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Often referred to as the ‘Met’, it is one of the largest fine arts museums in Central Park area, which rivals the Louvre Museum in Paris and even the British Museum in London.
The Met museum traces back artworks some 5000 years from prehistoric period to the present day. Found in 1870 with a vision to source, archive, and exhibit artworks from around the world, the Met records everything from American Arts to European, Egyptian, Islamic, and Asian art forms which comprise of artillery and armors, music instruments, artifacts, and photographs.
The Classical Revival-Style museum opened its doors to the public in 1880 and features a Beaux Architectural façade, which was established in 1926. Starting in the 1970’s, the Metropolitan Art Museum expanded more wings in order to make the collections even more accessible to the visitors on a private tour Met museum. The 4 main wings of the museum are:
- The Robert Lehman Wing, that houses artworks from Old Masters, Classic Impressionism, and Post-Impressionism era;
- The Sackler Wing, dedicated to the ‘The Temple of Dendur’ and Assyrian Arts;
- The American Wing with 1700 native artworks; and
- The Michael C. Rockefeller Wing, which has artworks from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas.
The Met also houses modern artworks in their ‘Lila Acheson Wallace Wing’, and sculptures and decorative arts from Europe in the ‘Henry Kravis Wing’. The museum opened a gallery for artworks from ancient times from the East, Ancient Greek, and Roman Empire, and has artworks from Korea since the turn of the century. Since there are many artworks to see in the Museum Line, visitors on a private Met Museum tour may need to selectively visit the places at one-go savoring highlights in and around Central Park.
The Central Park in Manhattan is also home to other attractions, which you may not want to miss at any cost to enjoy your visit to the fullest. Below are a few places you must include in your itinerary.
Pat Hoffman Friedman Playground
The playground in Central Park is home to the ‘Group of Bears’, a bronze sculpture of a sleuth from American Sculpture Paul Manship. It consists of three bears the one on the left seated, the one in the middle standing, and the on the right walking. The sculpture style is one that predates to medieval Europe, pre-classical Greek, and the Far East. The charming little playground resides to the southern part of the museum, making it ideal spot for a leisure walk.
The Ramble and Lake
As the American Landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted puts it forth, this is a ‘wild garden’ spanning some 36 acres. It is also a spot wherein the visitors would love strolling through peacefully, and discovering wild gardens replete with plaques along the way. You may even love meandering along the pathways since this is one of a kind place for escapism and wildlife.
Also known as Cleopatra’s Needle, it is an ancient monument made of granite, which predates back to 1450 BC. It makes one of the two obelisks commissioned by an Egyptian Pharaoh back then for the Heliopolis on the flanks of Nile Circa. It was carted over to America in 1881 with thousands to watch in wonderment just as the laborers established the obelisk in an upright position using parallel beams, and a pile-driver engine.
The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir played an important role in channeling water to NYC, and is named after the spouse of John F. Kennedy. It was decommissioned in 1993. South Gatehouse comprises of a granite façade and features a balcony, which overlooks the reservoir that is home to waterfowl birds.
Shakespeare Garden and Delacorte Theater
There is a duo of highlights in and around the Central Park. One is a thematic garden, which pays tribute to none other than William Shakespeare, another exhibit some of the Bard’s Broadway plays during summer to art lovers. The eponymous garden was known as “Garden of the Heart” until 1916 and was renamed to “Shakespeare Garden” back then to commemorate the bard’s 300th death anniversary. The garden is home to the plaques featuring Shakespearean quotes placed every now and then along the path in order to help the visitors indentify the plant species.
The fantasia castle featuring a stone façade was designed in landscape artist Calvert Vaux and architect Jacob Wrey Mould in 1865. For many decades to come, it was a mere attraction to the visitors and a main reason for the footballs in the park. In 1983, Central Park Conservancy reopened it, which also comprises of the Henry Luce Nature Observatory.