Art: Museum with Five Doors

Earnest tourists who flock by the thousand each year to Manhattan's Metropolitan Museum of Art often enter the vast lobby, gaze in awe at the sweep of marble stairway and ask: "Where is the art?" Only those who carry a map and compass can be sure of finding their way through the Metropolitan's 325,811 sq. ft. of sprawling galleries, which house the most diverse collection of art objects in the world today.

Last week the Metropolitan's trustees thought they had a solution. With an eye to the "comfort [and] sanity" of visitors, the...

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