This Weekend at The Met

Whether you’re kicking off your weekend at a MetFridays gallery talk or spending your Sunday morning taking in a new exhibition, there is something on for everyone at The Met’s three locations—The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters. Read these event highlights and see why The Met should be your destination this weekend.

Friday, January 19

An installation of dozens of brass instruments in a sunlit balcony gallery

Guided Tour
India, Himalayas, Southeast Asia: Hindu and Buddhist Vision
Friday, January 19, 11:15 am–12:15 pm
The Met Fifth Avenue – Tours Sign, Great Hall
Free with Museum admission

This introduction to South and Southeast Asian art takes visitors through 18 chronologically arranged galleries featuring an extraordinary array of masterworks dating from 3000 B.C. to the mid-19th century A.D. The arts of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Tibet, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Myanmar are represented through archaeological finds, sculpture, painting, and decorative art.

Friday, January 19, 5–8 pm
The Met Fifth Avenue – Gallery 371
Free with Museum admission

Sound the alphorn and the ophicleide! Fanfare heralds the opening of the first of The Met’s renovated musical instrument galleries. Explore their artistry, diverse forms, and interwoven uses in this striking installation that spans two millennia and five continents. Travel through time and around the globe with this series of celebratory concerts. Three short sets at 5 pm, 6 pm, and 7 pm, feature will Scott Robinson, ophicleide, and R.J. Kelley, natural horn.

Saturday, January 20

A detail of a bronze sculpture of a Buddha, made in India during the Gupta period.

Sights & Sounds at The Met Cloisters
Saturday, January 20, 10–11 am
The Met Cloisters – Main Hall
Free, but reservations are required

We invite children ages 4–17 on the autism spectrum and those with developmental and learning disabilities, together with their friends and family, to join us for Sights & Sounds atThe Met Cloisters. Discover treasures from medieval castles and sacred spaces and participate in fun and engaging musical activities.

Guided Tour
Highlights of Asia
Saturday, January 20, 1:15–2:15 pm
The Met Fifth Avenue – Tours Sign, Great Hall
Free with Museum admission

The collection of Asian art at The Met is the largest and most comprehensive in the West. This tour presents ancient and modern selections of the Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and South and Southeast Asian galleries, featuring religious and secular highlights of paintings, prints, sculpture, ceramics, bronzes, jades, lacquerware, textiles, and screens in the collection and current exhibitions. Also featured is the Astor Court, a courtyard modeled after a Ming-dynasty scholar’s Chinese garden.

Sunday, January 21

Two librarians read a book aloud to a group of children in a Museum library

Masks (Ages 5–17)
Sunday, January 21, 11 am–12:30 pm
The Met Fifth Avenue – Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education
Free; reservations are required

This workshop for children with learning or developmental disabilities and accompanying friends and family members includes a gallery tour and art activity. Free; reservations are required. Contact 212-650-2010 or

Family Program
Storytime in Nolen Library
Sunday, January 21, 2–2:30 pm
The Met Fifth Avenue – Tours Sign, Great Hall
Free; Museum admission not required for the library portion of this program

Look, listen, sing, and have fun with picture books; then continue your adventure with a self-guided gallery hunt in the Museum. For families with children ages 3–6. Children of all ages are welcome to attend. Space is limited; first come, first served.

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