Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, at 2 million square feet, is the largest art museum in the world existing under one roof. The museum draws about six million visitors each year to its collections, which cover a wide swath, from paintings, sculptures and decorative arts of the ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians to musical instruments, costumes, textiles and armor. The Temple of Dendur, an Egyptian worship place from 15 B.C.; a bronze cast of Auguste Rodin’s The Burghers of Calais and Jackson Pollock’s Autumn Rhythm (Number 30) are perennial favorites. Less than 10 miles north of the museum sits the Met’s Cloisters museum and gardens, an area devoted to the history and art of medieval Europe. Donations for entry to the museum are recommended.