Welcoming Summer at The Met

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As the weather warms with summer’s approach, I wanted to share a few Met updates.

First, some welcome news on New York City’s recovery: the Museum recently had its first 10,000-visitor day since the pandemic. Pre-pandemic, very busy weekend days regularly topped 20,000 visitors. We were averaging about 4,000 per day from August 2020 until around March 2021. That number has been gradually rising to roughly 7,000 per day, with larger numbers on the weekends.

This Memorial Day weekend, we are launching two new initiatives on the Museum’s plaza, to join our very ambitious collection of current exhibitions.

  • The Plaza Café: The Museum’s first foray to providing food and beverages on the Fifth Avenue plaza will offer "grab-and-go" lunch and light refreshments at the entrance just north of the front steps.
  • Free Bicycle Valet: Following last fall’s brief pilot, we’re bringing back a complimentary bicycle valet service for all weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

We greatly miss gathering our community, and we are ecstatic to announce that we will renew in-person media briefings for major exhibition openings. We’ll begin with The Medici: Portraits and Politics, 15121570 on June 21, and New Woman Behind the Camera on June 28 (invitations to follow). I hope you can join to hear remarks from Museum leadership and the exhibition curators, and get a first look at these important shows.

Finally, if you have watching time this weekend, please tune in for the final installment of PBS’s Inside The Met, which will run this Friday, May 28, at 9pm. (The first two episodes are available for streaming on PBS.org and Amazon Prime). The background: As part of our 150th anniversary, we agreed to provide broad access to a London-based film crew that began filming in late 2019, yet when the world went upside down with the pandemic, we mutually decided they should keep going and we provided access to our closed building and staff working remotely.

I hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. And, of course, I hope you’ve had a chance to visit The Met recently. Feel free to reach out if we can help with an upcoming visit.

All the best,


Ken Weine
Vice President, External Affairs
Chief Communications Officer
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10028

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