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The Metropolitan Museum of Art Press Releases collection is a searchable set of all Museum press releases issued from 1940-2009.  Press releases from 1998 to the present can be found in the Museum website's Press Room

Some of the early press releases include announcements such as the Museum’s opening to the public in 1941 of the Intarsia Room from the Palace of Duke Federigo da Montefeltro, the re-opening of the picture galleries in 1944 to exhibit the paintings that had been put away for protection during the war, and the return to the Museum in 1949 of a fourteenth-century panel painting stolen in 1944.  Later press releases include the announcement of the opening of galleries for American paintings and sculpture in 1957, the extension of Museum viewing hours for the public during the exhibition of the Mona Lisa in 1963, the opening of the newly completed Thomas J. Watson Library in 1965, the gift of the Robert Lehman Collection to the Museum in 1969, and the Museum’s acquisition of Velázquez’s portrait of Juan de Pareja in 1971.  A 1972 press release announcing the project to film “From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler”, starring Ingrid Bergman – the first ever film to be shot at the Museum – is also part of this collection.

 

Click here to browse the complete Metropolitan Museum of Art Press Releases collection.

 

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