American Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is called as “The Met”. This museum is considered as one of the world’s largest art museums located in Manhattan, New York, United States. The museum is very popular all over the world for its extensive collections and artworks. The Metropolitan Museum of Art was opened on 20th February 1872. John Taylor Johnston was the first president of the museum. Over the years the museum has been transformed; a lot many additions have been made since its construction. These additions include façade of Beaux-Arts designed by Richard Morris Hunt.
The museum’s permanent collection includes over two million art works from all over the world. The holdings include classical antiquity treasures. It also has paintings and sculptures created by European masters and range of American art. The collection also includes African, Egyptian, Oceanic, Middle Eastern, Asian, Islamic and Byzantine art.
The museum also comprises good collection of musical instruments from all over the world. There is one separate department of arms and armors which displays a collection of some of the antique weapons and armor collected from all over the world.
The Tate Modern in London is the national free met art gallery with a collection of international modern artworks. The Tate galleries are located in the Bankside Power Station designed by Giles Gilbert Scott. The Tate Modern has most of its permanent collection on display on third and fifth levels of the building. The 4th level includes one vast temporary exhibition space and a small exhibition space. On the second level of the building there are artworks by contemporary artists. During the opening period of the gallery in 2000, its collections were not displayed in sequence but were arranged on the basis of individual themes displayed into four broad groups; those were Memory/ Action/ Landscape/ History/Society Nude/ Body; Matter/ Object/Real Life/ Still Life and Environment.
The Courtauld Art Gallery Institute of London is also a free met art gallery. On Mondays, from 10am to 2 pm, the Institute allows free entrance.