Art, Metropolitan Museum of,
New York City, founded by the action of a public meeting held at the Academy of Music in November, 1869.
In April, 1870, a charter was obtained from the legislature “for the purpose of establishing a museum and library of art; of encouraging and developing the study of the fine arts; of the application of art to manufacture and to practical life; of advancing the general knowledge of kindred subjects; and to that end of furnishing popular instruction and recreation.”
Later the legislature authorized the Park Department to erect a two-story fire-proof building for its use in Central Park
, the cost not to exceed $500,000, and also to set apart a tract of eighteen and a half acres in the eastern part of the Park
between Eightieth and Eighty-fifth streets. The Museum was formally opened by the President
of the United States
, March 30, 1880.
on the south side and one on the north were made in 1894, increasing the total ground area from 233 by 104 feet to 233 by 344 feet. In 1897 a further exsion was authorized, for which an appropriation of $1,000,000 was made.