Art lovers can now visit New York’s famed Metropolitan Museum of Art every day of the week after the management dropped a policy of being closed on Mondays.
The Met, which welcomed a record-breaking 6.28 million visitors last year, had closed its doors on Mondays for more than 40 years.
“Art is a 7-day-a-week passion, and we want the Met to be accessible whenever visitors have the urge to experience this great museum,” Met director Thomas Campbell said in a statement.
The change announced in March was implemented this week, just in time for the summer holidays.
It will be open from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm on Friday and Saturday and from 10:00 am until 5:30 pm Sunday through Thursday.
Inaugurated in 1872, the Met houses more than two million pieces of art from around the world.
It is the second major New York museum to expand its hours in recent months.
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) — which welcomes three million visitors a year — dropped its policy of being closed on Tuesdays in May.
Also, according to the New York Times, The Met is also getting rid of their shiny metal admission buttons. To cut costs, the admission tags will now be stickers:
“Now the Met’s admission button will go the way of the token. Citing the rising cost of the tin-plate pieces and the flexibility of a new paper ticket system using detachable stickers, the Met will end the buttons’ 42-year run on Monday, the same time it switches to a seven-day-a-week schedule instead of being closed on Mondays.”