The Metropolitan Museum of Art
is an enormous art museum
, often referred to simply as "the Met", located on the eastern edge of Central Park
, New York
. It also comprises a building complex known as "The Cloisters
" in Fort Tyron Park at the north end of Manhattan Island overlooking the Hudson River
which features medieval art.
Its massive collection includes hundreds of European masters as well as an extensive collection of American art. The museum also contains recreations of notable interiors by famous American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and, somewhat incongruously, a collection of antique weapons and armor.
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Whitney Museum of American Art are near the museum's main building.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art opened on February 20, 1872.