the Met museum part 1, where bathroom jokes prevail

June 30, 2010 |  Category:   art + design nyc outings

Oh, the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It may not be as hip or modern or cool as the “new” MoMA or the New Museum or even the Whitney, but it’s so glorious and I haven’t been there in years. Also, I’d been carrying around a free family pass in my bag for literally years and today was the day I decided we must use the pass before it became even more tattered.

The Met is one of those NYC places that is seeped in nostalgia. I had an art history class that met every Thursday at the museum during my freshman year at Cooper and so, I’ve spent many countless hours at the Met listening to lectures and sketching in my book with my classmates. Perhaps this is the reason why I often overlook the Met when we’re feeling like visiting a museum, but I was reminded today how glorious it really is.

We came for a specific exhibit (photos to come tomorrow) but we took a quick tour of some of the galleries, including the European sculpture garden.

“I went into this room and there were butts only”, Claudine later recalled at bedtime.

I guess that is what she took away from the visit because the girls engaged in a half hour of butt jokes as they giggled and pointed and remarked that while some of the sculptures were missing heads, arms or feet, they all had their butts.

Since the attention span of kids seem to be no more than 90 minutes for museum visits, it was just a whirlwind tour and we left to go to the Ancient Playground right next door before I could reminisce with my 18 year old self about that art history class, walking the galleries every week for a year, and a certain memory at The Temple of Dendur (the Egyptian temple above ) that I will always hold dear.

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  • Margeaux June 30, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    I’m sure that’s exactly what my little sisters would comment on if they visited the Met 🙂
    I love your daughter’s grey dress – where did you get it?

  • ChantaleP June 30, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    haha! Oh man, kids are the same everywhere. Nice. The huz and I visited the Met a while back and it was too huge to take in in one day! Hopefully we’ll try to get our kid to visit this year. Ah.. butt jokes are popular around our house too! Except, it’s always in french. lol. I LOVE the girls’ dresses. They always look so chic!

  • jenna June 30, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    what a striking, gorgeous dress your older daughter has on! (and the younger one’s is sweet too, of course) beautiful shots of the met.

  • vesna July 1, 2010 at 1:33 am

    nice happy photos 😉

  • Lara Sopchak July 1, 2010 at 1:44 am

    oh, funny! i’m happy you’re giving them such rich cultural experiences this early in life.

  • benson July 1, 2010 at 1:46 am

    kid’s humor is contagious. When we do a road trip to Las Vegas and cross Hoover Dam I am in hysterics when the conversation in the car turns to “did you see the dam tour guide?” “there are so many dam busses” “I have to go to the dam bathroom”…funny when they were eight and funny when they’re twenty…enjoy it!

  • Adele {modernemotive} July 1, 2010 at 7:18 am

    Wonderful photos. The butt paragraphs had me giggling. Like Benson said, kids humor (and their honesty) is contagious. 🙂

  • jennifer July 1, 2010 at 8:49 am

    i love, love, love the met. frequent small doses are best.

  • Sasa July 1, 2010 at 10:38 am

    You mean it’s not normal to still be making bum jokes at 29…? *^_^*

  • cindy July 1, 2010 at 11:47 am

    Your kids have been providing me with some good laughs lately. The girl’s body book and now this. Thank you and the girls.

  • alexandra July 1, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    what stylish girls you have! 🙂 and the gorgeous met, that i always dream to meet. maybe one day… *

  • Michele July 1, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    This is why I keep visiting….you photos are better than the real thing. How is it that I have been there (many times) and it doesn’t look so good in real life? You are magic with a camera – what a gift.
    And what lovely memories of a glorious day and place you will have when your little girlies are bigger. Wonderful, and thank you!

  • Jenna July 2, 2010 at 10:12 am

    michele, that is quite a compliment -don’t know how true it is, but thank you.
    margeaux, the gray dress is from my friend’s line: Golden New York