Metropolitan Museum of Art

While in New York, make sure you visit the world’s largest museum of its kind, the Metropolitan Museum of Art. More commonly known as the Met, the museum has more than two million works on display, making it one of the city’s most popular attractions.

As you step inside, you’ll be in awe of the museum’s grand interior. You may even recognise it from pictures of the star-studded annual Met Gala, which raises money for the museum’s costumes institute.

From furniture to paintings and sculpture to ancient mummies, the Met exhibitions include artwork from across the continents and through the ages. Take your time as you browse the beautiful Temple of Dendur, a structure from ancient Egyptian times, and be sure to grab an audio headset for a guided tour of world famous artwork by the likes of Monet, Picasso and Matisse.

To really make the most of your day, it’s worth choosing two or three exhibits, such as the European Painting gallery or the American Wing, before you arrive. With so much to explore it’s impossible to take it all in during one visit, so concentrate on a few areas and browse in detail.

Before you leave, go up to the rooftop and take in the incredible views across Central Park and Manhattan. The Met’s right next to Central Park, perfect for a picnic after your visit. Alternatively, go and see another attraction on the Museum Mile, such as the Guggenheim or the Jewish Museum.