The Party's Over - Leaving the Metropolitan Museum
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One of the fun things about dinners in the Trustees Dining Room
of the Metropolitan Museum of Art is that the Museum has been closed
for hours by the time you leave! We sat down to dinner at 8 PM, and
by 8:30 the Museum was closed. That means we got to walk out through a
totally empty museum. Now, that does not mean we got to wander around:
one is required to leave by a prescribed route, and there are guards
stationed along the way. (The Museum does not trust even us to avoid
being tempted by the presence of some of the world's greatest artistic
treasures.) There just are no other visitors sharing the space with us
--and halls on on our route were already in darkness.
After a delicious dinner, wonderful wines, and far-too-rich desserts,
the celebrants finally departed at about 11 PM.