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World Science Festival
Featured Exhibition: Superheroes
Met Holiday Monday: May 26
Springtime at The Cloisters
Libraries and Study Centers at the Met
The Art of Learning: Classes for Adults

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Art and science are more intimately connected than we may think. After all, a truly unforgettable drawing, painting, photograph, or sculpture represents the perfect fusion of the two. This spring, the Metropolitan Museum explores the fine line between art and science through a variety of special programs presented in conjunction with the World Science Festival. For a complete listing of events, exhibitions, and programs at the Museum in May, see the online calendar.

Be sure to visit on a Friday or Saturday evening when the Met is open late to savor three specialty drinks offered at the Museum’s rooftop bar—Balloon Dog, Coloring Book, and Sacred Heart, named after the sculptures in the Jeff Koons on the Roof installation.

Top Banner Image: The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

World Science Festival

May 28–June 1
Immerse yourself in a world of discovery as you take a thought-provoking journey to the border of art and science during the
World Science Festival. The Museum will offer Gallery Talks, Lectures, an interesting Film, and much more.

Sunday at the Met: The Science of Art
These special afternoon lectures, free with Museum admission, will explore the fascinating relationship between science and art. World-renowned scientists, including researchers from the Metropolitan Museum and from Harvard University, a Nobel Laureate chemist, and a physicist, will give talks concerning the application of scientific research on works of art.

Tibetan Painting: A Fascinating Tradition Perceived by a Scientist through Spectroscopic and Aesthetic Explorations
June 1 at 1:30 p.m.

How Scientific Analysis Reveals the Technique and Materials of Three Allegorical Paintings by Veronese
June 1 at 2:30 p.m.

Technical Analysis of Three Paintings Attributed to Jackson Pollock
June 1 at 3:30 p.m.

For more information on this Sunday at the Met, please visit the online calendar.

Free Gallery Talk, Film, and Family Program

Gallery Talk: Technical Investigations into the Surfaces of Classical Art
Tuesday, May 27 at 10:00 a.m.
Additional Information

Film: The Way Things Go
Thursday, May 29 at 2:00 p.m.
Additional Information

Family Orientations: Flora and Fauna
Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1
Additional Information

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Featured Exhibition: Superheroes

Opens May 7
Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy will explore the symbolic and metaphorical associations between fashion and the superhero. Featuring movie costumes, avant-garde haute couture, and high-performance sportswear, it will reveal how the superhero serves as the ultimate metaphor for fashion and its ability to empower and transform the human body. Objects will be organized thematically around particular superheroes, whose movie costumes and superpowers will be catalysts for the discussion of key concepts of superheroism and their expression in fashion.

See the exhibition preview for more information, including sponsorship credits.

Image: Thierry Mugler, fall/winter 1996–1997. Photograph © Patrice Stable

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Met Holiday Monday: May 26

The Main Building of the Metropolitan Museum—select galleries, public restaurants, and shops—will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, May 26, in honor of Memorial Day. To experience an exhibition that truly embodies the sprit of both art and science, visit Damien Hirst’s Shark—on display in the Lila Acheson Wallace Wing for modern and contemporary art—a 13-foot tiger shark in a glass tank of formaldehyde.

For information regarding Family Programs this Holiday Monday, please visit the online calendar.

The cafeteria, Petrie Court Café and Wine Bar, and the Balcony Café will be open until 4:30 p.m. Please note that The Trustees Dining Room will not be open.

Met Holiday Mondays are sponsored by Bloomberg.

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Springtime at The Cloisters

This is the perfect time to visit The Cloisters, the branch of the Museum devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. The building and its cloistered gardens—located in Fort Tryon Park in northern Manhattan—are treasures in themselves, effectively part of the collection housed there. Countless varieties of colorful flowers are already in bloom, a telltale sign that spring is in the air!

Family Festival at The Cloisters
May 24 and 25
The Cloisters for special tours and activities for families on Memorial Day weekend. The Festival will include falconry demonstrations on both afternoons! All programs are free with Museum admission.

Garden Days at The Cloisters
June 7 and 8
The annual celebration of the gardens of
The Cloisters will feature events focused on aromatic and scented plants used in all aspects of medieval life, from cooking and housekeeping to perfumery and religious rites. Garden tours and special talks will be offered and staff will be on hand throughout both days to answer questions about medieval horticulture. "Making Sense of Scents"—a program for children ages 4–12 and their families—will be offered in English and Spanish. A perfumer will give a talk and demonstration of medieval perfume-making.

Visit the Trie Café to celebrate the wonderful aromatic herbs of season. Enjoy our "Garden Days" signature sandwich, Smoked Salmon. The Trie Café is open Tuesday through Sunday 10:00 a.m.–4:15 p.m.

The Unicorn Tapestries

The seven individual hangings known as "The Unicorn Tapestries," are among the most beautiful and complex works of art from the late Middle Ages that survive. Luxuriously woven in fine wool and silk with silver and gilded threads, the tapestries vividly depict scenes associated with a hunt for the elusive, magical unicorn. As early as the 17th century, they were collected and exhibited together because they illustrate the pursuit of the elusive unicorn so completely and in astonishing detail.

However, they were surprisingly difficult to photograph. The Chudnovsky brothers (distinguished industry professors at the Polytechnic University of New York) assisted the Museum in 2003 in the merging of a series of digital photographs taken of the tapestries during their cleaning. PBS aired a program on its science show NOVA that documents the challenges in photographing them.

Watch the PBS NOVA Segment

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Libraries and Study Centers at the Met

The Museum’s libraries and study centers—with a combined total of more than one million books and periodicals relating to the history of art—rank among the most comprehensive in the world. In recent years, the Thomas J. Watson Library, the Metropolitan’s main research library, has been renovated and expanded to include the Lita Annenberg Hazen and Joseph H. Hazen Center for Electronic Information Resources. The reopened Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education features the Nolen Library.

The Museum has also redesigned and modernized its world-renowned conservation and scientific research facilities, each of which serves as a training ground for conservators around the world. The Met’s four major conservation areas—the Antonio Ratti Textile Center, together with centers for objects conservation, paintings conservation, and works on paper and photography conservation, each supported by and named for the Sherman Fairchild Foundation—as well as specialized studios for Asian art, costume, and book conservation, have been established and thoroughly upgraded. In 2004, the Museum created the Department of Scientific Research, a core group of scientists who collaborate with curators and conservators throughout the Museum.

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The Art of Learning: Classes for Adults

Drawing classes for adults will continue through the months of May and June 2008. Register now by calling the Museum box office at 212-570-3949 to reserve your place. With an enrollment of only 12 students per class, we ensure intimate instruction and maximum attention to your needs and development.

With new drawing courses in development for fall 2008, we hope that you will join us in celebrating this new era of Adult Learning at the Met. For further information, please email or call 212-396-5460.

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Become a Member

Associate: $50
For out-of-town visitors

Individual: $95
For in-town and out-of-town friends

Family/Dual: $190
For 2 adults and children

Members receive free admission to the Museum, as well as special dining privileges and discounts in The Met Store.

Met Family Podcasts

For younger audiences (7 to 12 years old), a new series of podcasts focuses on myths, legends, and other tales related to works in the Museum’s collection. The stories are presented in an engaging style that includes sound effects and music. The featured episode this month is Peach Blossom Spring, an ancient Chinese poem by Tao Qian.

Subscribe to receive new episodes automatically or access an archive of past ones. For more information, visit Met Podcast.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

We invite you to visit our collection of Asian art—the largest and most comprehensive in the West—that includes more than 60,000 objects. For details on upcoming Gallery Talks, Films, and Family Programs related to the art, culture, and history of Asian cultures, please visit the online calendar.

Give to the Museum

Your gift at any level makes a difference. Thank you.

Group Tours

Let the Museum create a special one-hour Guided Tour for your group of 25 people. Please contact the Group Tours Office to find out about unique programs focusing on Museum highlights, art-related themes, and special exhibitions. Request information about self-guided tours or see Group Tours.

Petrie Court Café and Wine Bar

The Petrie Court Café has a new look. While it still offers lunch and Sunday brunch, the new Petrie Court Café and Wine Bar transforms on Friday and Saturday evenings into a sophisticated wine bar and restaurant.

The menu highlights global, tapas-style small plates, artisanal cheeses, a selection of seasonal main courses, desserts, and a carefully selected wine list designed to complement and enhance the flavors of your meal. Bon appétit!

The Met Store Featured Item

The Cloisters: Medieval Art and Architecture

This richly illustrated guide presents the remarkable history of The Cloisters as well as a lively and informative discussion of the treasures within. Available in hardcover or paper.

Member Price: $17.95-$26.95
Non-Member Price: $19.95-$29.95

Members Only Double Discount Days

Through May 11 Members enjoy a 20% discount that can be used online. See Special Offers for Members for details. If you are not yet a Member, you may purchase a Membership online.

Experience the fine art of shopping at The Met Store.

Travel with The Met

Forbidden City

Beijing & the Shanghai Biennale (PDF)
October 11-20, 2008

Begin in Beijing and explore China’s dynamic capital before discovering what’s new in contemporary art at the colorful Shanghai Biennale, an exciting international art fair.

Land/cruise rates: $7,995

For a list of upcoming trips or more information, please call 212-650-2110 or visit Travel with the Met.

Buy Museum Admission Tickets in Advance

Purchase admission tickets and Audio Guides in advance through TicketWeb. Order express admission online:

Pick up tickets at the Information Desk in the Great Hall upon arrival.

Hours and Admissions

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