Let’s Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC! – Part 3: The Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing

In Part 2, we visited the Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons fashion exhibition at the Met. After visiting this exhibit, we headed downstairs to see the Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing.

This was the exhibit that I was most excited to see. I first heard about it from an episode of Project Runway where they had to find inspiration in this room for a collection

From Wikipedia: The Temple of Dendur is an Ancient Egyptian temple that was built by the Roman governor of Egypt in 15 BC (my comment: wow, 15 BC!). The temple was commissioned by Emperor Augustus of Rome and has been in the Met since 1978

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I wrote about the ideal places to write in an earlier post, and now I think I want to include writing next to this reflecting pool and huge windows!

We entered the room from the left-hand side, which is on the opposite side of the reflecting pool above. The first part of the room I saw was this Egyptian statue:

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Then I saw this Egyptian structure:

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You can even walk inside it, although there’s space for only a few people.

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This room was sparser than I recalled from the Project Runway episode. Besides this structure, this was the only other structure across from it, and it was much smaller. The other objects in the room were the reflecting pool and a few Egyptian statues.

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I guess it’s so sparse in here so visitors can focus on these two important architectural marvels!

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It was also a very well-lit room due to one wall completely made of windows. I wonder if they would change the lighting if it was cloudy or in the evening.

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Some of the other statues in the room:

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Have you visited this room at the Met? Were you surprised by how streamlined it was?

Thanks for reading! In Part 4, I’ll talk about some pleasant surprises I found at the Met!

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