It’s been a long 25 years and 4 days exactly since the Met closed – but yesterday they opened up the doors again, and I was super lucky to be there! (I also think I got the best seat in the house, I’ll tell you why in a sec!)
I was too young to remember the Met when it was open last, but we got to see some of what it was like in a montage video – trust me when I say that there was a LOT of work to be done. It’s an incredible heritage building, so I was excited to see that they restored so much of how it used to look way back when it opened in the 20s! (I love the 70s and 80s as much as anyone, but I’m not too sad that the red and blue paint they covered all those gorgeous moldings with was taken off)
So what’s it look like now? Here are some of the pics from last night!
And here’s why I think I lucked out with my seat. This last picture is by far the coolest one that I – or anyone else – has from the opening. This is Roger and his wife. Roger was the manager of the Met 43 years ago, in 1969, and I just happened to pick the seat next to him! I got to hang out and chat with him about what the Met was like back in those days. Did you know, for example, that there used to be a secret passage behind a movie ad that the staff used to get back behind the scenes? Thanks for telling me such awesome stories Roger, and welcome back to the Met! 🙂