ARTisSpectrum Vol. 31, May 2014 - page 51

ARTisSpectrum | Volume 31 |
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, in a word, is intimidating. It’s over 400 galleries, covering an encyclopedic span, making
it a hotspot for visiting school groups and native New Yorkers alike. It’s easy to get overwhelmed in the lobby alone.
Adam Smith wrote that humans are motivated by incentives, but are incapable of making decisions when faced with two
equally good choices. How then, with more than 400 such options, does the art-seeking individual make it past the lobby?
Whether you’re a local New Yorker or a visitor, prepping your visit with a few easy steps may eliminate the overwhelming
aspect of the decision of where to begin and what to see.
1) One of the Met’s best kept secrets is the small printed phrase on the register: “suggested donation.” If you’re living life
on a budget, this phrase roughly translates into “your best friend.” That’s not to say picking up the penny lying five feet
away and using it as your token in is a recommended move, but if the $25 per person listed price tag has you breaking a
sweat, the chance to knock $20 off may come as a cool relief.
Navigating the Met
in 10 Steps
Kelsey Golder
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