Metropolitan Museum of Art Wayfinding

In 2016 Applied Wayfinding designed a new map and signage system for The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Met Cloisters in New York. The main museum is the third most visited in the world, with roughly 6 million visitors per year and maps printed in 11 languages. After years of expansion the museum had developed a complex layout of galleries across multiple floors and mezzanines.

Our map has a central route to take visitors through each of the collections. Landmark objects are used as key points of orientation on mapping, along with important dining, shopping and restroom services. Subtle colour changes on the map base reflect environmental light differences between areas, using the building's architecture to further clarify the image of the museum. Room numbers are a reference for the visitors' orientation in-gallery, so these are shown at every map scale. 

A digital version of the museum map can be viewed here. Built by Living Map, it allows visitors to navigate the building online, finding artworks within the collection. It also uses various sizes of icons, landmarks and numbers in response to different zoom levels and devices. 

A simple typographic approach was applied to the varying sign types throughout the museum, made of a folded milled steel. Many threshold signs are unique in form to compliment the varying architecture of the building.

This work was awarded a place as 1/100 projects in the 2016 100 Archive selection.

Tim Fendley — Design Director
Jonathan Mugmon — Planning Director
James Dunford — Senior Designer

All images copyright Applied Wayfinding, 2016

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