The Metropolitan Museum of Art will open to the public seven days a week starting July 1, the institution announced today. The new schedule will apply to both the Met’s Fifth Avenue flagship and its medieval art outpost, The Cloisters. Under the new regime, the museum will also open slightly later each day, at 10:00 a.m. rather than 9:30 a.m. The Met had been closed on Mondays since 1971.
“Last year we had record-breaking attendance of 6.28 million visitors and yet were turning away many thousands more on Mondays, when we have traditionally been closed,” Met director Thomas P. Campbell said in a statement. “Our new schedule will remedy that.” (Perhaps the decision will also placate certain disgruntled visitors who have been driven to sue the institution over its guilt-trippy admission practices.)
The Met first announced that it was considering remaining open seven days a week in September 2012. Around the same time, the Museum of Modern Art revealed it would open every day beginning in May. The two New York institutions will join only a handful of American museums, including the National Gallery of Art in Washington, that currently keep their doors open all week.
— Julia Halperin
(Photo courtesy MTA.)