The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of my favorite places in New York — not just one of my favorite museums, but one of my favorite places overall. There are so many nooks and hallways and side galleries and secrets that I find a new one every time I visit. And I visit a lot. I'm one of those nerds who collected the colorful admissions buttons they used to give (and which have sadly been replaced by always-blue stickers). Just look at my Instagram avatar.
So I was beyond thrilled to take an early morning Instagram tour of the Met, led by the museum's fascinating chief digital officer, Sree Sreenivasan. Before the museum opened, about a dozen of us got to prowl around the eerily quiet galleries snapping and posting to our heart's content — without a tourist or crying baby to block any shot.
All along the way, Sree dropped insider knowledge, like the fact that Tullio Lombardo's lifesize marble statue of Adam, carved in ca. 1490, would soon be pushed back against the wall in a specially made display dais. But for the moment, visitors could take a 360 stroll around the sculpture and sneak a peek at Adam's backside — a work of art that would be hidden from view in just a few week. Of course the more interesting aspect of the Adam is its restoration. In 2002, his pedestal had buckled and collapsed, shattering the sculpture. Since then, the museum has been working tirelessly to restore it, and videos in the gallery document their impressive work.
You can see the final success at the Met, but here's a sneak peek…of both sides.