When I first heard the name The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met for short), my first reaction was, “Why the F should I waste my time looking at paintings???”. However, there were rave reviews about this place hence I kept an open mind to see what’s there.
There’s an entrance fee of US20 for adults and US10 for students. While at the payment counter, the cashier asked me,
Cashier: Are you a student?
Cashier: You want to pay full price?
Cashier: Are you sure? It’s US20.
Me: Yeah, sure.
The “ticket” to go in.
I later found out that you can actually just pay US$1 as a token for entrance -_-
Cool looking cloakroom
The museum is HUGE. I was there since 9am until closing time. I couldn’t even finish looking at everything!
The museum is divided into many sections such as the Egyptians, Greek, Indian, Mesopotamia, US, European, Chinese, Japanese and South American sections. The “art” in this museum was more than paintings. There were thousand of artifacts created few decade to few thousand years ago.
My favourite section is the Egyptian section. There’s a small temple called the Temple of Dendur in the museum. The temple was built around 15BC and and part of it was moved to the museum.
You can see some 19th Century graffiti on the walls.
The original temple.
It’s amazing to see the works of people who lived hundred over years ago. The small amulets found in tombs are one of my favourites. If I’m a designer, I would copy of all these designs and reproduce them again!
Thousand of overs ago, Egyptians worship all sorts of Gods and Goddess. Now people have different religions. I wonder in few more thousand years, will people have other type of religions? Will they be worshiping Doraemon?
When we talk about a “heart” amulet now, we would think of the nice heart shape. But in Egyptians’ heart amulet is the real of a real heart!
I was looking hard for similar Egyptian drawing that I saw in the British Museum many years ago.
But I couldn’t find anything like this.
Mummy with Roman-like alphabets on the feet.
This is awesome. Apparently the person looked like this before he died!
A 2000 years old coffin.
Came with a pair of shoes. It seems that the design of modern shoes hasn’t changed much!
Archeologists found this in a hidden chamber. It shows how Egyptians used to live thousand of years ago.
The place that the things were found.