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Wednesday and Thursday mornings are the best option to visit the museum without crowds.
As a rule, there are less visitors in the morning than in the afternoon.
Saturday is the busiest day of the week.
During school holidays and public holidays the visitors’ number doubles!
February and September are the least crowded months.
The least crowded parts of the Museum
Certain parts of the museum are less known and don’t see crowds even during the busiest hours:
Ancient Near Eastern Art
European Sculpture and Decorative Arts
The Robert Lehman Collection
All backpacks and packages must be checked in at the coat-check facilities. Avoid waiting in long lines by leaving backpacks and packages at home.
Water in plastic bottles may be brought into the Museum.
Flash photography and video cameras cannot be used inside the Museum.
Only pencils may be used in the galleries; the use of pens and markers is prohibited.
There’s a parking lot available at the museum: check here for rates and other details.
Seniors (65 and older): $17
Children under 12 (accompanied by an adult): Free
Photo credits to Nick Gray via Flickr
Photo credits to Phil Roeder via Flickr
From East Side of Manhattan
By Subway: Take the 4, 5, or 6 train to 86th Street and walk three blocks west to Fifth Avenue (10-minute walk).
By Bus: Take the M1, M2, M3, or M4 bus along Fifth Avenue (from uptown locations) to 82nd Street or along Madison Avenue (from downtown locations) to 83rd Street.
From West Side of Manhattan
Take the 1 train to 86th Street, then the M86 crosstown bus across Central Park to Fifth Avenue, or
Take the C train to 81st Street, then the M79 bus (free transfer) across Central Park to Fifth Avenue.
From Penn Station
Take the M4 bus to 83rd Street and Madison Avenue; or
Take the C local train to 81st Street and transfer to the M79 crosstown bus (free transfer) across Central Park to Fifth Avenue.
From The Cloisters
Take the M4 bus directly to 82nd Street and Fifth Avenue; or
Take the A train to 125th Street, transfer to the B or C local train, exit at 81st Street, and transfer to the M79 crosstown bus (free transfer) across Central Park to Fifth Avenue.