Metropolitan Museum of Art



Adults $ 25
  • Adults$ 25
  • Senior (65+)$ 17
  • Student (with ID)$ 12
  • Children (under 12)Free
  • Museum MembersFree


Closes 5:30pm
Sunday10:00 am 5:00 pm
Monday10:00 am 5:00 pm
Tuesday10:00 am 5:00 pm
Thursday10:00 am 5:00 pm
Friday10:00 pm 9:00 pm
Saturday10:00 am 9:00 pm


Upper East Side, Manhattan
1000 5th Avenue at E. 82nd Street Upper East Side Manhattan, New York

About the Collection

One of the Met's newest departments, only established in 1992, has perhaps the smallest regular gallery space dedicated to it. The Met takes its collection very seriously, but for true immersion in the art of photography, consider the MoMA or the Internation Center of Photography. Nevertheless, the collection--usually on display as part of a special exhibit in the Joyce and Robert Menshel Hall--is often the most modern and relevant in the museum.


What You Will See

Very few of the Met's collection of over 25,000 photographs are on permanent display, meaning repeat visits to these galleries are reward with something new. Exhibits range from active, contemporary artists, including video installations, to the earliest days of the new technology. Watch the exhibit listings, or just stop by and see if the selection currently on display grabs your interest. If not, come back in a few months and try again.

Why You Should Go

The gallery may be small (at least by the standards set by the multi-acre Met), but the collection is mighty. If you follow photography, you will recognize the artists in the collection. But if you don't, you can very easily discover your new favorite. More than any other collection in the museum, this is a department of discovery, experimentation, and risk. Stop by and see what is on.