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

April 13

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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 13 of April, repeating indefinitely

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! 🎨 🏛 🏺

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

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

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