Michelangelo Makes the Met’s Top 10 List


“Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer” drew 702,516 visitors over its three-month run.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced Tuesday that “Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer” had surpassed “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” to become the tenth most visited exhibition in the museum’s history.

The exhibition, which ended Monday, drew 702,516 visitors over its three-month residency. The works by McQueen, a fashion designer, attracted 661,609 people between May 4 and Aug. 7, 2011.

Despite its manifest success, the collection of drawings, paintings, sculptures and other works by the Renaissance maestro did not threaten the museum’s top two exhibits. Both “Treasures of Tutankhamun,” which appeared at the museum for almost four months in 1978 and 1979, and “Mona Lisa,” which was up for less than a month in 1963, broke the one million visitor mark.

The record of the Tutankhamun exhibition is all the more impressive because the museum was usually only open six days a week between 1971 and 2013.


More than one million visitors came to the Met to see the Mona Lisa in 1963, making it the second most attended exhibition even though it ran for less than a month.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Here is the full list of the most popular exhibitions at the Met:

1.) “Treasures of Tutankhamun” (Dec. 20, 1978-April 14, 1979): 1,360,957 visitors;

2.) “Mona Lisa” (Feb. 7-March 4, 1963): 1,077,521 visitors;

3.) “The Vatican Collections” (Feb. 26-May 12, 1983): 896,743 visitors;

4.) “Painters in Paris” (March 7, 2000-Jan. 14, 2001): 883,620 visitors;

5.) “China: Through The Looking Glass” (May 4-Sept. 7, 2015): 815,992 visitors;

6.) “Origins of…

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