The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) in New York City has announced a project to collect and share personal stories related to the museum to mark its 150th anniversary, the museum said on Wednesday.
The initiative, titled Met Stories, invites the public to share their experiences of the iconic museum in forms of writing, photos, and videos on social media, using the hashtag #MyMetStory or on The Met’s website.
The museum will share selected submissions on its social media channels and website throughout the year.
The project also includes a 12-episode video series featuring stories—serious, comedic, endearing, quirky, solemn, and more—to show how the experiences of The Met are carried outside the gallery walls and into the world.
“The Met is full of stories, told by both the objects in its galleries and the many people who love this Museum… This is a place where all are welcome, and everyone leaves with a story,” said Max Hollein, director of the museum.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded in 1870 by a group of American citizens—businessmen and financiers as well as leading artists and thinkers of the day—who wanted to create a museum to bring art and art education to the American people. Today, The Met displays tens of thousands of objects covering 5,000 years of art from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy. The Museum lives in three iconic sites in New York City—The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters. Millions of people also take part in The Met experience online.
Throughout 2020, the museum will celebrate the 150th anniversary of its founding with a dynamic range of exhibitions, programs, and public events.
About the author – Manuel Charr
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