The Met's American collection is one of the largest in the world, and now it can be viewed in its own wing at the museum consisting of 26 galleries on the second floor. The architects for the project, Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates, repurposed an additional 3,300 square feet in which to showcase the Met's collection beginning with the 18th century and unfolding thematically within a loosely chronological presentation concluding with the collection of 20th century Ashcan School pieces.
A detailed breakdown of the contents of each gallery can be found on the Met's website along with a few "must see" items from the Collection. The Met's American Wing marks the third (re) opening of a significant American collection in the last year, following the opening of the Boston Museum of Fine Art's Art of the Americas wing this summer, and the opening of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. To see more of these collections you can visit their websites, or browse the Ricker library's new copy of the MFA's catalog of its new Art of the Americas wing, A New World Imagined: Art of the Americas.