The Metropolitan Museum of Art & Role Playing

The Met is a lot different from MoMA and gears towards artifacts versus MoMA’s contemporary pieces. The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York is in Central Park.

I allocated 2 hours here for the day and thought I would have enough time to see the whole museum.  I was dead wrong cause I needed a lot more time for LARPing.  My crew and I dressed up as The Fellowship of the Ring while the other side dressed up as Roman soldiers.

The Met is huge like my waistline in the winter.   It’s 3 floors with a millions rooms on each floor.  It’s a perfect place to run through and do battle on the front lines.  I got lost several times looking for re-enforcement as I was cornered by 5 Roman soldiers.  Fortunately, I have William Wallace’s heart and was able to fight off the Roman soldiers.  The fight didn’t come without any injuries as I was wounded.  I had to wrap up my wounds with Van Gogh’s Self-Portrait with a Straw Hat.

Within the 2 hours, we fought our way through the Egyptian and Roman exhibits.  It was a bloody battle and it left the rooms destroyed.  Every artifact was knocked down and we had to resort to using weapons from the Arms and Armor Department.   We filled our canons with Head of King David to break the Roman front lines.  However, before that, I gave an epic speech of why we must fight for our freedom and free the Met of Roman occupation.

New York's Metropolitan Museum
The Enemy

“Hold your ground, hold your ground!  Sons of Gondor, of Rohan, my brothers!..  I see in your eyes, the same fear that would take the heart of me.   A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship; but it is not this day.  An hour of wolves and shattered shields, when the age of men comes crashing down; but it is not this day! This day we fight!  By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you stand; Men of the West!”

The battle went all night and ended in the Egyptian exhibit.  There were open tombs and made me wonder if a mummy was just roaming around New York.  The Roman ransacked the Egyptian tombs and even dressed up as mummies.  The mummies sat at their dinner tables like Bernie in the movie Weekend at Bernie’s.  It was our chance to end the battle so I was excited cause I would finally get a chance to use my zombie apocalypse training.   However, the 12 year old’s parents didn’t think it was very funny when I roundhouse kicked their child in the face and knocked him out cold.  Who told them to wrapped their kid in toilet paper and jump at people?!  Casualties of war.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Egyptian Exhibit

Overall, I highly recommend checking out the Met.  It’s a great time if you’re into history or art.  Also, make sure you allocate enough time. This is definitely a whole day event especially if you’re LARPing.  Lastly, don’t touch the artifacts like my team.  I swear the Met employees are no fun.  They didn’t find it amusing when we were sword fighting with some of the artifacts. What better than to experience the exhibit than to reenact the era?!  Party poopers.  Sorry. I was that kid in school who enjoyed knocking stuff down.

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  • 9/10
    History - 9/10
  • 8.5/10
    Comtemporary - 8.5/10
  • 8.5/10
    Architecture - 8.5/10
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    Culture - 8.5/10
8.6/10

Summary

The Met is located in a gorgeous piece of architecture and it’s a perfect location for a battle. The many rooms provide different ways to ambush the enemy and save Middle Earth. The Romans would never know what hit them and would never realized it’s the Head of David. Fantastic location for LARPing.

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