On this day in 1870 the state of New York granted the Metropolitan Museum of Art an Act of Incorporation which basically established the met as an entity. The act was granted on the basis that the institution would encourage the study of fine art and act as a cultural centre for the city.
The museum is located at 681 Fifth avenue eventually opened on 20th February 1872.
No visit to New York is complete without a day at the Met. I drive my husband mad each time we go by dragging him around the museum.