Taking the subway; walking approximately 3-5 miles.
In the Tick Tock Diner.
An art historian will join us to provide an overview of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. We’ll get tips on navigating its galleries before heading up to the museum. On the way, we’ll traverse Central Park as our expert talks about its history and points out areas of interest. Some 42 million people visit Central Park each year. Its 843 acres are managed by the private, not-for-profit Central Park Conservancy, formed in 1980 to improve and restore the park to prime condition after a period of decline. Central Park today may be America’s most famous park, providing respite and inspiration for residents and visitors alike.
On your own to enjoy what you like. At the Metropolitan, there are choices from the cafeteria to the elegant Petrie Court Café. There are also numerous restaurants and other eateries in the vicinity of the museum. If you decide on a New York City hot dog from one of the vendors out on Fifth Avenue, your badge allow re-entry to the museum.
A variety of docent-led explorations are available to take you through the collections of your choosing. The Met, founded in 1870, is one of the world’s greatest museums with a collection spanning more than 5,000 years of creativity. Its artistic treasury from every corner of the world includes paintings, arms and armor, costume, decorative arts, musical instruments, photography, works on paper, and much more. There are 26,000 objects from ancient Egypt, the largest collection outside Cairo; 2,500 European paintings, one of the most extensive collections anywhere; and the most comprehensive collection of American decorative arts, paintings, and sculpture in the American Wing. The Beaux-Arts façade and Great Hall of the iconic flagship building — designed by architect and founding museum trustee Richard Morris Hunt — opened in 1902. Today, tens of thousands of objects are on view at any given time.
At a neighborhood restaurant. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell dinner.
One last time, we’ll hop on the subway and head downtown to storied Greenwich Village. One of the quaintest and best loved neighborhoods in the city, ‘The Village’ as locals refer to it, has changed little over the last two hundred years due to a strong landmark law protecting the entire neighborhood. The streets still run every which way and are not part of the grid. A short list of former residents begins to tell the story: Jane Jacobs, Willa Cather, e.e. cummings, Henry James, James Baldwin, Marlon Brando, Edward Hopper, Jack Kerouac, Jimmy Hendrix, Alex Haley, Larry Kramer, James Beard, Bob Dylan, and many more. Returning to the hotel, prepare for check-out and departure after our closing session in the morning.