The line I waited in to get into the Met last Sunday.
I returned to the Met for the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibit with a friend on Sunday morning to see it one more time before it closes on August 7.
The line at 9:30AM when the Met opened was actually two lines, which snaked down the steps and along Fifth Avenue in both directions. I’ve lived in NY since 1996. I’ve gone to the Met more times than I can remember. I have never seen a line for anything in Manhattan like the line not only to enter the Met, but to get into the McQueen exhibit!
The Met has announced they’ve had 500,000 visitors to the exhibit since it opened on May 4. Wow! They have also announced that they will extend the viewing hours until 9PM for the last four days of the exhibit, August 4-7. In addition, starting today, July 22, the Museum will open one hour early to Museum members, offering exclusive entrance to the McQueen exhibit from 8:30-9:30AM, every day except Mondays, when the Museum offers McQueen Mondays, with a timed ticketed entry to the exhibit and with the rest of the Museum closed to the public.
If you get to the Met and find yourself, as I did, standing in line in the Near East Art galleries, you are about 2 hours from getting to see the McQueen show. In which case, I highly recommend buying a membership to the Met (prices start at $100), because members don’t wait in the line, they can go straight in, and bring guests with them as well.
Ensemble, The Girl Who Lived in the Tree, autumn/winter 2008-9
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph © Sølve Sundsbø/Art + Commerce
The handsome Lloyd, whom my friend and I met in line when we offered to hold his spot so he and his friend could check out the other exhibits in the Met, decided he’d had enough of waiting. He bought a membership at the table strategically placed just outside the McQueen exhibit, and then brought his friend, my friend, and me in as his guests. Thank you Lloyd!
That’s the kind of random and wonderful generosity that makes me love New Yorkers.