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Revisiting The Met Museum

by habituallychic

09 . 15 . 20

So many people are back in the city for work and school that New York is definitely feeling back to normal but with masks. One thing that has helped with the normality is the reopening of museums. I visited The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Friday with a friend and it felt so good to see art again. We had a few exhibitions in mind that we wanted to visit like Making the Met: 1870-2020 and the roof exhibition Lattice Detour by Héctor Zamora and then just wandered through the European galleries and Arms and Armor. Members can enter through the lower door close to 81st Street and won’t have to wait in the bigger lines. You must wear a mask and your temperature will be taken but it’s a small price to pay to travel the world when we can’t actually leave the country.

If you enter though the 81st Street door, you come up into the Greek and Roman galleries.

It felt weird to not have anyone at the Information Desk. There are no paper maps now either but you can find the map of the museum on the Met website.

Great Hall commission by Kent Monkman.

The Making the Met exhibition was the only place where it felt like there were too many people in close proximity due to the way the exhibition was set up. I just wanted to warn you.

The usually packed European galleries were quite lovely to visit with less people.

I highly recommend visiting the Arms and Armor galleries especially if you have children.

We were lucky enough to see the artist Héctor Zamora on the roof being interviewed about his installation Lattice Detour. We were even about to chat with him after about how he planned it so the light would filter though the openings and make a pattern on the roof. It’s one of the best roof exhibitions I’ve seen in a long time.

It’s a great time to visit In Pursuit of Fashion due to less crowds.

I was reading a story about how the Roaring 20s came after the Spanish Flu pandemic and I hope that some fun years are in our future too.

“You know, I have a theory that hieroglyphics are just an ancient comic strip about a character named Sphinxy.” – Harry Burns, When Harry Met Sally

I definitely have to go back for a tote bag.

All photos by Heather Clawson for Habitually Chic.