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On this day in 1870, the Metropolitan Museum of Art was incorporated

April 13, 2023

On April 13, 1870, the Metropolitan Museum of Art was incorporated in New York City. The museum acquired its first object later that year, a Roman sarcophagus that dates to the 200s A.D. By the 1900s, the museum was considered one of the top art institutions in the world. Today it consists of over 2 million works of art! 🎨 πŸ› 🏺

Did you know? The Met has an unofficial mascot – William the turquoise hippopotamus, an ancient Egyptian statuette from 1961-1878 B.C. πŸ¦› πŸ¦› πŸ¦›

Opening reception at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Frank Leslie’s Weekly, 1872

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