Pay-What-You-Wish Admission Sundays at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art Fifth Avenue for New York State residents and NY, NJ, CT students; Free Admission for Members, Patrons and Children (under 12) - see INFO below. The Met Fifth Avenue presents over 5,000 years of art spanning all cultures and time periods. By the 20th century, the Museum had become one of the world's great art centers. In 1907, the Museum acquired a work by Auguste Renoir, and in 1910, The Met was the first public institution in the world to acquire a work of art by Henri Matisse. The ancient Egyptian hippopotamus statuette that is now the Museum's unofficial mascot, William, entered the collection in 1917. Today, virtually all of the Museum's 26,000 ancient Egyptian objects, the largest collection of Egyptian art outside of Cairo, are on display. By 1979, the Museum owned five of the fewer than 35 known paintings by Johannes Vermeer, and now The Met's 2,500 European paintings comprise one of the greatest such collections in the world. The American Wing now houses the world's most comprehensive collection of American paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts. Other major collections belonging to the Museum include arms and armor, the arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, ancient Near Eastern art, Asian art, costume, drawings and prints, European sculpture and decorative arts, Greek and Roman art, Islamic art, medieval art, modern and contemporary art, musical instruments, photographs, and the Robert Lehman Collection. Open Seven Days a Week: SundayThursday: 10 am5:30 pm Friday and Saturday: 10 am9 pm Closed Thanksgiving Day, December 25, January 1, and the first Monday in May. More Info below.