April 13 1870 – The Metropolitan Museum of Art is Founded in New York City

April 13 1870 – The Metropolitan Museum of Art is Founded in New York CityRate this post *Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons After a four-year fundraising effort, a group of influential businessmen and artists led by diplomat John Jay incorporated the Metropolitan Museum of Art on April 13, 1870. Literally built from nothing, “the Met” has become a 2-million-piece collection that is a must-see for visitors of New York City — and second only to the Louvre Museum in Paris for the number of annual guests among art museums. Jay, who grew up in New York City and received his law degree from Columbia College, was living in Paris during the […]