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Metropolitan Museum Draws Record Number of Visitors

NEW YORK—Despite the introduction of a new mandatory admissions fee, which sparked controversy when it was implemented earlier this year, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York welcomed a record number of visitors during the fiscal year, which ended on June 30. More than 7.35 million people visited the institution’s three locations—the Met Fifth Avenue, the Met Cloisters, and the Met Breuer—compared to 7 million last year.

According to the institution, a large number of the visitors came to the museum to see “Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer,” which was on view from November 13, 2017 through February 12, 2018 and brought in 702,516 people. Among the other most popular exhibitions of last year were “Cristobal de Villalpando: Mexican Painter of the Baroque,” with an attendance of 256,339 visitors, and “David Hockney,” with 363,877.

In addition, the Costume Institute’s “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” which is on view at the Met Fifth Avenue and the Met Cloisters through October 8, is also on track to be one of the museum’s highest attended exhibitions in its history. Since it opened on May 10, the exhibition has drawn more than 500,000 visitors.

The museum also announced that last year it brought in more than $250 million in philanthropic gifts—including about $80 million from trustee Florence Irving and her late husband, Herbert Irving—and that it is New York City’s most visited tourist attraction for domestic and international audiences.

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July 9, 2018