Metropolitan Museum of Art: A Virtual Crash Course with David Gassett

Metropolitan Museum of Art: A Virtual Crash Course with David Gassett


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One of the largest museums in the world by volume and collection size, the Metropolitan Museum of Art holds some of humanity’s greatest masterpieces from across the globe. With a collection of over 2 million objects representing 5,000 years of human history, including the world’s most comprehensive collection of American art and the largest collection of Egyptian art outside of Cairo, there are nearly endless treasures to explore within its halls.

Join our specialized virtual tour of the most iconic treasures of the Met's collection. Our conversation will delve into the history of the museum and its buildings, its ancient Egypt collections, a hidden room, and objects from as far apart as the west coast of North America and Southern Asia. At

Led by anthropologist, museum professional, and local New Yorker David Gassett, this conversation will tour some of both the most famous and best-hidden treasures of the Met.  Designed to satisfy curiosity as well as inspire future travel plans, participants will leave with deeper knowledge about the history of this remarkable institution.

Please note that due to Covid-19 restrictions, the Met Museum is currently closed to in-person guided tours at this time. However, we encourage you to explore our Met Museum Crash Course once in person touring resumes. 

David is a life-long New Yorker with a B.A. in Anthropology and Archaeology from Columbia University and a M.A. in Anthropology and Museum Studies from the George Washington University and the Smithsonian Institution. His academic specialities lie in indigenous and non-Western art, cultural heritage, and progressive museum models. David has worked as an educator in schools and museums and published internationally about museum pedagogy. When not in a museum, he enjoys a good book, skiing, and exploring the history of his Brooklyn neighborhood.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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