The facade of the Met © The Met
Valet parking is one of many Museum initiatives celebrating the return of summer, including the continuation of its popular A romantic date parties, reopening of the Cantor Roof Garden and inauguration Sunsets rooftop performance series.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced advanced details on the return of its Bike Valet Program, a free service offering guests convenient storage of their bikes when visiting the Museum’s Fifth Avenue location this summer. The service will be available every Saturday and Sunday until Labor Day (September 5), including the July 4 holiday Monday. For more information on valet hours, visit the Met’s website.
“The only thing better than a visit to the Met is a visit to the museum via a bike ride,” said Kenneth Weine, vice president of external affairs. “The growing momentum of bicycle commuting in New York City is an important and positive development, and we are honored to offer free valet parking at our place.
The Museum will also continue its success Date at the Met program – with two-for-one drink specials and music on Friday and Saturday nights – and welcomes visitors to the now open Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden and Roof Garden Bar. From July 1, the Roof Garden will serve as the site for the weekly Sunsets series of performances, featuring live electronic music, drinks and small bites on Friday and Saturday nights. All Roof Garden programs are complimentary with Museum admission and are on a first-come, first-served basis (weather permitting).
Visitors to the Museum this summer will also have the opportunity to explore a diverse range of new exhibits, including the recently opened In America: A Fashion Anthology and upcoming exhibitions such as Kimono Style: The John C. Weber Collection (opening June 7), which will trace the evolution of the kimono from the end of the 18th century to the beginning of the 20th century, and Chroma: ancient sculpture in color (opening July 5), which will feature new discoveries of ancient surviving colors on artwork from the Met’s world-class collection; included is a series of color reconstructions of ancient sculptures presented alongside original Greek and Roman works depicting similar subjects. For more information on upcoming exhibits, visit the Met’s website.
Bike valet service, provided by Transportation Alternatives (TA), will be available free of charge. Visitors arriving by bike who wish to check their bikes will be met by TA staff at a dedicated tent in the Met’s Fifth Avenue plaza near 83rd Street.