Sunday, December 7, 2008

The Met's Best Bathroom and Treasures in American Art

Maybe I'm a little strange, but I have a favorite bathroom at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. While the staff does a wonderful job keeping all of the bathrooms tidy despite the thousands of daily visitors, the very best restroom is located between the Temple of Dendur and the beginning of the American Wing. Now I can't speak for the men's room, but the ladies' is beautiful. With marble countertops and cherrywood stalls, it looks like it belongs in the Plaza Hotel... Plus, it's a little bit out of the way so it's generally not as crowded as the restroom across from the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium in the Egyptian Wing.

Though I headed straight to the restroom upon arrival, it was not the sole purpose of my visit. It did, however, lead me to the art works I will discuss today. Just across the entry to the American Wing is a staircase that leads up to The Henry R. Luce Center for the Study of American Art.

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