[click on picture to enlarge - taken via iPhone]
The Metropolitan Museum attracts more visitors than any other attraction in New York City. About 5 million per year! But where to start? There is so much to see! It is impossible to see the entire collection in one day, or even in a few days, so I recommend you choose an area or two of interest, or take the Museum Highlights Tour which occurs throughout the day, starting around 10:15 a.m. Tours are free with the museum ticket. Most of them are given by (friendly) volunteers trained by the museum. Some of them may be even Belgian... imagine that! And they are all different, as each tour is a selection of artworks chosen by the guide giving it.
I'll let you in a little less-known fact to non New Yorkers: admission prices are recommended: any donation will gain you access to the Museum. Indeed the Met does not require you to pay an admission fee: you can donate a dollar or a few coins (or nothing at all) and you will still get in. Art should be accessible to all, shouldn't it? On the other hand, if you come often, why not becoming a member? A $50 membership will give you access to the museum, whenever you want. Your donation is tax deductible and you can call yourself a patron of the arts. And that is very cool, she says waiving her membership card. ;)
Check out this link for a list of museums with suggested donations policy and museums with free hours.