Met Attendance Breaks Record

NEW YORK, NY.- Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, announced today that the Museum welcomed a record number of visitors—6.7 million—during the fiscal year that ended on June 30 (FY16).

This is the highest number of visitors since The Met began tracking admission statistics more than 40 years ago. The total includes attendance at all three of the Museum's locations—The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Cloisters, and the new Met Breuer, which was launched in March to present modern and contemporary art-themed programming.

Attendance to The Met has now exceeded six million for the fifth consecutive year. The FY16 number was 400,000 higher than that of the previous year, due to an increase of approximately 200,000 visitors at The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters combined; and attendance of 185,000 during the inaugural four months at The Met Breuer.

Mr. Campbell said: "We are thrilled that the public continues to respond so enthusiastically to The Met's exhibitions, collections, and programs. Our audiences are local, national, and international, reflecting the depth and breadth of the extraordinary works of art in our galleries. We are delighted that our visitors have also embraced our expanded programming at The Met Breuer as an integral part of The Met experience. And they continue to take advantage of the groundbreaking resources in our 'fourth space'—digital—in greater numbers than ever before."

The Met continues to be a popular destination for local visitors: 29% of the Museum's visitors to The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters in FY16 came from the five boroughs of New York City, while 40% were from both New York City and the tri-state area.

The Museum also continues to be New York's most visited tourist attraction for domestic as well as international audiences—in FY16, international visitors from around 190 countries visited The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters, accounting for 41% of visitors.


Once again, exhibition attendance at The Met was strong over the course of the year. Twenty-one of the exhibitions on view at The Met Fifth Avenue in FY16 were visited by more than 100,000 visitors each, including Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends (254,750); Artistic Furniture of the Gilded Age (210,903); Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom (187,030); Vigée Le Brun: Woman Artist in Revolutionary France (165,220); Pergamon and the Hellenistic Kingdoms of the Ancient World (which closed on July 17 with a total of 185,266); and Kongo: Power and Majesty (141,376).

Over half of the exhibitions that received more than 100,000 visitors were based on works of art from The Met's own collection, among them: Masterpieces of Chinese Painting from The Met Collection (247,833 visitors to date; on view through October 11); Grand Illusions: Staged Photography from The Met Collection (147,313); Reconstructions: Recent Photographs and Video from The Met Collection (141,075); Discovering Japanese Art: American Collectors and The Met (140,697); A Passion for Jade: The Heber Bishop Collection (133,572); and The Luxury of Time: European Clocks and Watches (126,787).

Also contributing to the high attendance in FY16 were the final weeks of last summer's popular exhibitions The Roof Garden Commission: Pierre Huyghe (which closed November 1, 2015, and drew 483,208 visitors) and China: Through the Looking Glass (which closed September 7, 2015, and attracted 815,992 people).

Roof Garden Attraction

Attendance was also particularly strong during the early weeks of The Roof Garden Commission: Cornelia Parker, Transitional Object (PsychoBarn, pictured above), which opened April 19 and has had more than 340,000 visitors to date; and the spring Costume Institute exhibition Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology, which opened on May 5, 2016, and has had more than 540,000 visitors to date.

Both of these exhibitions are still on view—Transitional Object (PsychoBarn) is due to close on October 31, and the recently extended Manus x Machina will now close on September 5.

Attendance at The Met Breuer in its initial weeks—from March 1 through June 30, 2016—was strong at 185,000. The inaugural exhibitions there included Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible (on view through September 4) and Nasreen Mohamedi. At The Met Cloisters, the final 15 weeks of Treasures and Talismans: Rings from the Griffin Collection took place in FY16, bringing the total attendance for the exhibition to 163,772.