The MET may seem an obvious choice, but it is mandatory when in New York… it is, after all, one of the most important and most visited museums in the world.
This museum depicts over 5,000 years of history through its permanent collection, which includes over 2 million works of art. The museum features 400 galleries that exhibit weapons and armor, artwork from America, Greek and Roman Art, African Art, Art from Oceania, Asian Art, Egyptian Art, Islamic Art and Modern Art.
As you can imagine by the number of galleries and artwork, you can absolutely reserve a full day to visit the MET. If you only have a few hours, identify the themes that interest you most and explore them in detail.
The MET has a branch, "The Cloisters", located in Fort Tryon Park, where you’ll find a single exhibition, exclusively dedicated to Medieval European architecture. This space can be visited with the same ticket purchased at the MET on the same day. Note that this ticket will cost you however much you want to contribute to the museum.
Cool Tip: If you visit the MET on a sunny day, between the months of May and October, take all day for the museum and relax on the roof garden, the museum's magical rooftop with its lovely view of Manhattan.