The first weekend of every month, Bank of America runs a "Museums on Us" program, and your BoA card can get you free admission to a number of great museums - including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which was one of the remaining museums on our list. Given that we now have a baby so didn't want to gamble that she would last long enough in a museum to make the regular $25-per-person admission charge worth it, Free Museum Weekend sounded like the way to do things. So, we took advantage this month!
We took the PATH into the city then hopped on the subway up to 81st (Ellie's first subway ride!), and walked east through Central Park (Ellie's first time in Central Park!) over to the museum.
Eric and Ellie in Central Park
Happy museum-going family
There was no line when we arrived (hooray), and our BoA cards did, in fact, get us in for free (double hooray). We started our visit in the Egyptian wing.
Ellie's first trip to a museum!
Models from the Tomb of Meketre
Admiring the Egyptian exhibits
Fun with statues!
From there it was on to Arms and Armor.
Arms and Armor
I am a bad museum-goer and forgot to make note of who the armor on the left actually belonged to, but I believe it was a French king of some sort. Maybe a Philip? Hard to say. Either way, Ellie and I are enjoying ourselves.
Then, to the American Wing.
Eric and Washington Crossing the Delaware
Still happy in the museum!
Left: Monet's Sunflowers
Right: Art museums are so boring.
Van Gogh's Wheat Field
Van Gogh's self portrait, and one of the many Degas paintings I loved so much
With "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte"
Museums are exhausting.
And when she woke up, she was a happy camper.
There's my happy baby!
Outside the museum with Daddy
We decided not to push our luck, however, and chose to end our museum outing. We headed out and started the journey home. We stopped for a quick "picnic lunch" for Ellie in Central Park, and made a brief detour to take her by the Alice in Wonderland statue.
Eric, Ellie and Alice
It was really a wonderful afternoon. Ellie really impressed us with her lack of meltdowns, because we were out for quite a while. She's just getting to be such a grown-up! I would say her first museum outing was very successful. What a cultured baby!